Oliver Naesen leads AG2R La Mondiale at Strade Bianche
Jul 29 2020 09:00 pm CET

Oliver Naesen leads AG2R La Mondiale at Strade Bianche
Oliver Naesen leads AG2R La Mondiale at Strade Bianche
Photo of Oliver Naesen (c)Vincent Curutchet

Oliver Naesen is set to make his debut in Strade Bianche and he will lead the roster of AG2R La Mondiale in the race.

When the UCI season had to be stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Naesen was part of the roster that was tackling Paris-Nice. Some months later he is ready to return to competition, and he will do it in the first WorldTour race of the restart of the season, Strade Bianche.

"I am very happy to race Strade Bianche for the first time," said the Belgian. "This is the perfect opportunity. Usually the race takes place the day before Paris-Nice and I just watch it on TV. I have incredible memories of the 2018 edition, when Tiejs Benoot won ahead of Romain Bardet. Sitting in front of my TV, I was super excited, and I would have liked to have been in the race.

"I'm happy with the way I was able to handle this long break. I was lucky, I was able to train on the roads normally, which means I have 20,000 kilometres on the clock since the beginning of January. With the health crisis in mind, I prepared conscientiously, without the string of races. I have good feelings but there are a lot of uncertainties. For example, I do not know how fit my opponents are, in particular. The racing calendar as it is constructed suits me perfectly even though I know that the coming months will be special and that the situation can still evolve."

The French team also announced contract extensions for Mikael Cherel, Ben Gastauer and Larry Warbasse.

AG2R La Mondiale's line-up for Strade Bianche (August 1):

Oliver Naesen
Silvan Dillier
Larry Warbasse
Andrea Vendrame
Julien Duval
Dorian Godon
Lawrence Naesen




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