Oliver Naesen powered to second place at Milan - San Remo, taking his first podium in a monument.
Oliver Naesen rode an impressive race at the first monument of the 2019 season. He went clear with an elite group on the Poggio and produced a solid sprint at the finish afterwards. Alaphilippe eventually proved to be the strongest, while Naesen finished ahead of the other big contenders, boosting his confidence for the upcoming classic races. Michal Kwiatkowski rounded out the podium.
"I have no regrets. I did my best to be on the podium and didn't make any mistake during the race. In the sprint, I gave it my all, but never got past Julian's rear wheel. I saw who was going to win Milan San-Remo, and couldn't do much about it.... However, I'm feeling very strong and don't feel any stress at the moment. I'm comfortable and try to ignite the same feeling for my teammates. We rode really well together today, and perfectly paced the Cipressa. After a very good Paris Nice, I was expecting to be in front today. With the legs I have right now, I cannot wait to race the E3 BinckBank Classic and Gent Wevelgem in Flanders next week."
(source quote: Ag2r La Mondiale)