E3 Saxo Bank Classic (March 25) / Gent-Wevelgem (March 27)

Oliver Naesen : “The hardest classic of the year”

« The E3 Saxo Bank Classic and Gent-Wevelgem are two very beautiful classics. I’m looking forward to them, especially after missing Milano-Sanremo (sick), which is an important race for me. The E3 Saxo Bank Classic is the most difficult classic of the year and I think the series of climbs suits me well. In recent years I have always managed to be in the leading group, so I hope I can be there again. In Gent-Wevelgem, I am a little less in control of my destiny, but anything is possible in the sprint after such a long day (249km). I have a few questions about my form after the flu which forced me to abandon Paris-Nice, but I am motivated to achieve great things with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM.”Oliver

The number

4

Oliver Naesen and Greg Van Avermaet have finished in the top 10 of the last four editions of the E3 Saxo Bank Classic.
Oliver Naesen finished 3rd in 2017, 4th in 2018 and 2021 and 8th in 2019.
Greg Van Avermaet won in 2017, took 3rd place in 2018 and 2019 and 6th in 2021.
Bob Jungels also finished in the top 10 in 2019 (5th).