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Julien Duval: "Adrien Petit was stronger"

Four days od Dunkirk (stage 6) : Julien Duval (3rd), Oliver Naesen (3rd GC)

“With five podium finishes in six stages, we had a good week of racing, even though we were upset by Stijn Vandenbergh crashing so badly.
Today, we knew the breakaway could go very far, and the whole team made certain this would be the case. In the final, there was a lot of wind, and three laps to the finish, we tried our luck against Adrien Petit. We three got along very well at the front.Adrien was the strongest and I could not do anything. I am satisfied with my form. Ever since I have ridden for AG2R LA MONDIALE, I have gained in strength and my ability to be calm.
The group gets along well. At the moment we are not getting the victories, but the winds will change. I will be starting the GP of the Somme next Sunday."
Oliver Naesen (3rd GC): "It will happen soon"
"For a difficult race like the Four Days of Dunkirk, there is never a quiet day!
Still, I knew that it would be difficult to move up any further in the general classification.
I am glad to see Julien (Duval) was able to play for the victory today.
He’s been doing a lot of great work since the beginning of the season, and I think he will soon be winning some big races. Collectively, the team had a great week, even if we missed out on a win. I am disappointed not to have been able to get a victory in Cassel, but I think it will happen soon.”  

Oliver Naesen will race along with Jan Bakelants as a member of the Belgian national team during the Tour of Belgium (May 24th to the 28th). Bakelants will be returning to competition, a little more than two months after his last race (Milan San-Remo, March 18th).

With Rudy Barbier (3rd, 2nd stage), Samuel Dumoulin (2nd, 4th stage),
Olivier Naesen (3rd 5th stage and in the general) and Julien Duval (3rd, 6th stage), the AG2R LA MONDIALE team finished the Four Days of Dunkerque with five podiums. The team also win the overall team classification.

Stijn Vandenbergh’s convalescence after crashing during the first stage of Four Days of Dunkirk, has been progressing well. Vandenbergh was transferred at the request of his family to the neurosurgery department of the hospital of Kortrijk (Belgium).

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