Four Days of Dunkirk: Oliver Naesen takes 2nd overall

Oliver Naesen : « A great satisfaction for a return to racing »

« I knew it was going to be difficult to overtake Philippe Gilbert in the general classification. The bonus seconds he won with his victory in the third stage gave him the advantage he needed to have these four seconds ahead of me. 
Today, it was going too fast to hope to overtake him. Philippe has one of the finest records in the history of cycling and I am still proud to finish alongside him on the podium at the end of these Four Days of Dunkirk.
The top 3 was the goal of the week. It is therefore a great satisfaction for my return to racing after the classics. »Oliver

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Oliver Naesen finished on the podium at the Four Days of Dunkirk for the second time in his professional career.
He took third place in 2017.
Thirteenth in the last stage, Damien Touzé finished ninth in the final general classification of the Four Days of Dunkerque.
“The last stage was very nervous with a lot of wind. We didn’t have the opportunity to make up the four-seconds Oliver was behind during the bonus sprints despite the team being well placed. But having two riders in the top ten of the general classification for these Four Days of Dunkirk is a very good thing even if we would have preferred to win,” said Stéphane Goubert, directeur sportif for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM.

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Giro d’Italia (3rd stage): Lawrence Naesen 16th

Lawrence Naesen finished sixteenth in the third stage of the Giro d’Italia which ended with a bunch sprint.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Four Days of Dunkirk (stage 5): Oliver Naesen 2nd

Oliver Naesen : « That was the goal of the week »

« We knew it would be a difficult and a decisive stage. For me, it was the goal of the week. Since the first stage, lots of people have gained bonus seconds, but we have had no luck there. It was therefore necessary to play an important card.
Second in the stage, second overall, it is not quite what we wanted, but there is great satisfaction all the same because the whole team raced just right. The guys worked very hard especially Damien Touzé who has entered the top 10 as well.
Tomorrow, there are still possibilities but it won’t be easy because it’s going to come down to bonus seconds, and you can’t make a mistake.
In Paris-Roubaix, I was in great shape but I was unlucky. Here, I’m getting started again, the legs are good, and that’s very good for the rest of the season. »Oliver

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On the eve of the final stage, Oliver Naesen is second on the general classification, 4” behind leader Philippe Gilbert.
Damien Touzé, seventh for the stage, is tenth overall.

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Giro d’Italia: Vendrame retrogrades

At the end of the second stage of the Giro d’Italia, a short and demanding time trial in Budapest, Andrea Vendrame dropped to 35th place in the general classification.
“We didn’t have time to admire the buildings of Budapest. It was hard and intense. These first stages allow us to get started gradually before arriving in Italy where the Giro will really start for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM,” Nans Peters said.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com