PIERRE LATOUR : “I WAS AIMING FOR A TOP TEN"
“The last stage was very hectic. Unfortunately, we lost Clément Chevrier who broke his collarbone. On the final circuit of Montjuic, the guys still put in a huge effort to cut the gap to the break. In the end, with the crash that Bernal suffered, I finish on the final podium, equal in time with Yates. They separated us according to stage places. I am very happy with this first podium for me at a UCI WorldTour stage race. At the beginning, I was aiming for a place in the top ten. Of course, it gives me even more motivation for the future. I will be at the start of the Tour of the Basque Country (April 2-7) to help Alexis Vuillermoz and Romain Bardet, before heading to the Flèche Wallonne (April 18) and the Tour de Romandie (April 24-29) where I hope to be in the front again.”
OLIVER NAESEN : ""HAPPY TO STAY UPRIGHT ON THE BIKE"
"The race was very nervous. I'm glad I did not crash; the whole pack rubbed shoulders really aggressively. I was definitely looking forward to starting "the war" on the climbs. In the end, we came to the finish in a big pack of thirty vying for the victory. I was blocked 150 meters from the line, and had to scrub my momentum. In the end, given the conditions, I am rather satisfied with my sixth place. I have recovered well from the Record Bank E3 Harelbeke. And now followed that race with another high placing.”
After the Volta a Catalunya and Gent Wevelgem, the AG2R LA MONDIALE team is 9th in the UCI WorldTour ranking with 1613 points. The highest ranked rider from the team is Oliver Naesen (17th), followed by Pierre Latour (23rd) and Romain Bardet (34th).
Broken collarbone both for Peters and Chevrier
Nans Peters broke his right clavicle on Saturday at the Classic Loire Atlantique, and Clément Chevrier suffered the same injury but on his left side on Sunday at the Volta a Catalunya. More information on their condition and likely return to racing will be given in the coming days.