OLIVER NAESEN : “Happy to race Strade Bianche for the first time”
«I am very happy to race Stade Bianche for the first time. This is the perfect opportunity. Usually the race takes place the day before Paris-Nice and I just watch it on TV. I have incredible memories of the 2018 edition, when Tiejs Benoot won ahead of Romain Bardet. Sitting in front of my TV, I was super excited, and I would have liked to have been in the race. I’m happy with the way I was able to handle this long break. I was lucky, I was able to train on the roads normally, which means I have 20,000 kilometers on the clock since the beginning of January. With the health crisis in mind, I prepared conscientiously, without the string of races. I have good feelings but there are a lot of uncertainties. For example, I do not know how fit my opponents are, in particular. The racing calendar as it is constructed suits me perfectly even though I know that the coming months will be special and that the situation can still evolve.
Contract extensions for Chérel, Gastauer, and Warbasse
Mikael Chérel, Ben Gastauer and Larry Warbasse have all extended their contracts with the AG2R LA MONDIALE team. Mikaël Chérel has signed for 2 years. He has been wearing our colors since 2011. Ben Gastauer extends for a season. He became a professional with our team in 2010 after being a member of the Chambéry Cyclisme Formation. Larry Warbasse joined the squad in 2019 and has signed for two more seasons.
"We are delighted to continue the adventure with Mikaël, Ben, and Larry, three important riders in our squad who are all excellent at giving everything they can for the collective success of the team. Mikaël is a talented rider, especially in the mountains, and a respected road captain. Ben has been wearing our colors for 10 years and is one of our most valued team members. Larry, since joining the team, has proven his personal and athletic qualities," said Vincent Lavenu, General Manager of the AG2R LA MONDIALE team.
Silvan Dillier is the only rider on the team to have raced since March 16th. He finished second in the Swiss Time Trial Championship on July 12th.