Injury-hit AG2R look to Naesen to lighten mood at Classics

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

An unusually unlucky period of crashes that has decimated the AG2R La Mondiale team elicited a medical report from the team doctor summarising the team's injuries on Monday. Of most concern was Tour de France contender Romain Bardet 's crash at the Volta a Catalunya on Sunday, while, on the bright side, Oliver Naesen continues to perform well for the team at the spring Classics. Bardet was one of the victims of a 70kph downhill crash on the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Sunday, and is still waiting to find out whether he may have fractured any ribs, although that likelihood appears to have decreased in the past 24 hours. "Romain is suffering from chest contusions and many areas of road rash," the team's medical director, Doctor Eric Bouvat, said on Monday. "He will likely perform an exam on the bike within the next 72 hours, and ...

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