Julien Jurdie : ""Hope turns toward the Tour of Flanders""
“After this new podium place at Ghent-Wevelgem (Oliver Naesen 3rd), we are now looking towards the Tour of Flanders on Sunday. But of course before that, we will focus on Dwars door Vlaanderen. The course is a bit shorter than one of the grand classics, but it is still a great race to try and win! It is an important race since you can make final adjustments within the team before heading to the Monument that is the Tour of Flanders. Oliver has been full of confidence since the beginning of the season. He is one of the favorites for the Flandrian classics, and he has proved his enormous amount of endurance. The whole team will have to be at the same level to stay with him on this quest.”JULIEN JURDIE
By taking the start at Dwars door Vlaanderen, Silvan Dillier, Oliver Naesen and Stijn Vandenbergh all will be participating in their fifth Flandrian classic this season after the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, E3 BinckBank Classic and Gent-Wevelgem.
Medical assessment of AG2R LA MONDIALE Pro Cycling team
Dr. Eric Bouvat, medical director of the AG2R La Mondiale team, provides the following details:
“Having been the victim of a mass crash on Sunday during the seventh stage of the Volta Catalunya, Romain Bardet suffers from chest contusions and many areas of road rash. He will likely perform an exam on the bike within the next 72 hours, and also probably undergo a CT scan of his chest to dispel any suspicions of a rib fracture. The rest of his program will be communicated at a later date.
Tony Gallopin, who crashed at the same time, underwent a left shoulder x-ray on Monday morning that did not detect a fracture. He will be resting for 4 days and will not participate in Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday or the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.
In addition, Axel Domont, who suffered a hip fracture and a clavicle fracture following his crash at the Volta Catalunya last Friday, will be immobilized for three weeks, and should be able to resume training on the road in 10 weeks.
Mathias Frank, who fell during the seventh stage of Paris-Nice on March 16th, and suffered from a trauma to the head, resumed training three days ago, and should make his return to racing at the Tour of the Basque Country (April 8-13).
Pierre Latour, who suffered fractures on both wrists after a crash during training on February 22, has started riding the home-trainer again. An examination on April 15th will determine when he will be able to resume training on the road.
Alexis Vuillermoz, is handicapped by a muscle tendon injury of the adductor and the hamstring ever since he suffered a crash at Tirreno-Adriatico. He has suspended his training for the moment.
The AG2R La Mondiale team has certainly not been spared by crashes and health problems, and we hope this unfortunate time will come to an end."
It's always difficult for a manager to see his riders physically injured. We know they all have great will and determination, and we hope to see them again soon on the bike. Fortunately, the group of classics with Oliver Naesen, have brought us great satisfaction, and we hope to experience again some more beautiful emotions in the coming weeks", adds Vincent Lavenu, general manager of the AG2R La Mondiale team.