E3 Saxo Bank Classic : Oliver Naesen 4th / Greg Van Avermaet 6th

OLIVER NAESEN : “Very motivated for what’s to come.”

“What a race! I am happy with my level of fitness for this race, but we came up against someone stronger than we were. It was a real pleasure to have the two of us working together at the front of the race. But I don’t think there was much more we could have done against Asgreen. When I saw him go, I knew I had to go too, but I couldn’t follow. With this fourth place, I am off to a good start for this period that will lead us next week to the Ronde Van Vlaanderen. I’m very motivated for what’s to come, starting on Sunday with Gent-Wevelgem where I already took third place in 2019.”

GREG VAN AVERMAET : “Happy to be there in the key moments.”

“It was a good day. I was really happy to be able to follow the best riders in the key moments. There were two of us in the final with Oliver, but we couldn’t follow Asgreen’s attack. Earlier on the Taaienberg it was important to stay calm and we were able to restore the situation. We are getting closer and closer to a very big result, and I have confidence for the races to come.”

JULIEN JURDIE : “Important ton answer “present”.”

“We had a great race. We were really close to the podium today, but it was most important to be present and active for this E3, which is one of the best races of the season. We had a little scare on the Taaienberg 80 kilometers from the finish but we were able to correct our situation. Tactically, we played it well. Make way for the next races.”

The number

8

In four appearances in the E3 Saxo Bank Classic, Oliver Naesen has never finished lower than 8th place (2019). He took 3rd place in 2017 for his debut in our colors before finishing 4th as well in the 2018 edition.

The news

Acromioclavicular disjunction for Vendrame

Andrea Vendrame fell in the first stage of the week Copi e Bartali on March 23, an event in which he participated with the Italian team. He suffers from an acromioclavicular disjunction of his left shoulder. He will do home trainer workouts for eight to fifteen days depending on the evolution of the healing.