AG2R La Mondiale ready to tackle Tour of Flanders
Apr 05 2019 01:34 am CET

AG2R La Mondiale ready to tackle Tour of Flanders
AG2R La Mondiale ready to tackle Tour of Flanders
AG2R La Mondiale © Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

AG2R La Mondiale is prepared to face the second monument of the season: the Tour of Flanders. The roster will be led by Oliver Naesen and will include strong riders to pursue the race win.

Despite his struggle with bronchitis, Naesen is still the main man for the French team in the fight for the race title. Belgian rider Stijn Vandenbergh, who is from Flanders, is very excited about starting in one of the most important races of the season.

"My condition has been good since the beginning of the classics," said the rider. "But I have been unlucky, which has prevented me from proving it. At E3 BinckBank Classic, I just punctured at exactly the worst moment. I had to use a lot of energy to get back in the pack, and inevitably, I paid for it.

"At Gent-Wevelgem, I made the mistake of being badly positioned on the Kemmelberg, and that cost me dearly. But still, I cannot wait to be on the starting line Sunday. For a Flandrien, it's the race of the year. Everyone waits for this moment. There are a ton of people on the side of the road to watch it."

The Ronde van Vlaanderen will be 270.1 kilometres long from Antwerp to Oudenaarde over a route that will feature 17 climbs and five cobblestone sectors. "In order to perform, you have to know the roads very well, because it is important not to waste energy in the first 200 kilometres since it is the last 50 that prove to be the most decisive," added Vandenbergh.

AG2R La Mondiale's roster for the Tour of Flanders (7th of April):

Oliver Naesen
Julien Duval
Silvan Dillier
Nico Denz
Gediminas Bagdonas
Stijn Vandenbergh
Dorian Godon




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