Oliver Naesen confirms Tour of Flanders ambitions

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) has confirmed that he will line out at the Tour of Flanders despite sustaining a knee injury in the crash that forced him to abandon Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday. The Belgian champion’s AG2R La Mondiale team were sceptical about his prospects of riding the Ronde in the immediate aftermath of Dwars door Vlaanderen but the mood music began to change when an x-ray in hospital in Ghent that evening showed no fracture to the knee. Naesen was provisionally listed in AG2R’s Tour of Flanders team on Thursday, and after a final test in training on Friday he confirmed his participation and colourfully downplayed the idea that his injury could severely affect his performance this weekend. “It’s just a scratch to the bodywork. I’m still strong enough to do something on Sunday,” said Naesen. “I tested myself more intensively this morning. Small efforts don’t worry ...

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