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Oliver Naesen

" I had exceptional legs today ".

"I had exceptional legs today, so I'm very happy with the result. I gave a lot to try and get out of the chasing group, but I obviously paid for it a bit at the finish with cramps in the final sprint, so that's the small disappointment of the day. The team put in a fine performance with Damien (Touzé) in the early breakaway. I then joined him in the group of favourites and he did a great job for me, while Dries (De Bondt) also positioned me well at the foot of the second ascent of the Kwaremont. From then on, I felt like one of the best of the favourites, but Mathieu (Van der Poel) was already in front. Throughout the race, I told myself that between two and five would be my place, and at the finish it was seven... Not far off!"

Julien Jurdie

" You had to have a great mind and great legs.

"Objective achieved! A big well done to all our riders riders who took part in the Tour of Flanders, a race contested in difficult weather conditions on the final stretch, which required a great deal of mental strength and superb legs, which Oliver had today. The top 10 is here, that was the objective of the day, but it's a little frustrating because we wanted to be greedy and Oliver had the legs to make a podium today. With Damien (Touzé) also up front, it was a great day, just like our classics at the start of the season. We're doing well, the momentum's good and the group's living well."


The number

The number of top 10 finishes for the DECATHLON AG2R LA MONDIALE team over the Flanders Classics period. After Oliver's fourth place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Dries' fifth at À Travers la Flandre, today's seventh place adds to the team's fine performances in Belgium.