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
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.
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.