After already finishing second at Milan - San Remo, Oliver Naesen sprinted to his second podium at a Classic this season by powering to third at Gent - Wevelgem on Sunday.
In the final 20 km, Oliver was part of a 35-rider group that would contest the victory. At the end of the 250 km race, the Belgian was able to produce a strong sprint and took third, behind top sprinters Kristoff and Degenkolb.
"It was a real race. That's why we ride a bike. Those are the classics. Today it was full gas from start to finish - a type of racing that suits me well.
As I get older, I feel stronger in longer races. In the sprint, I used my experience. There was headwind, so I only surged from the wheels at the last moment.
This is the third Sunday in a row that I'm on the podium (2nd in the eighth stage of Paris-Nice, 2nd Milan-San Remo, 3rd Gent-Wevelgem). It's a good sign for next week with Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday, and then Tour of Flanders on Sunday.”
(source quote: Ag2r La Mondiale)