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Oliver Naesen (Ag2r – La Mondiale) was one of the pre-race favourites for Paris-Roubaix after a strong showing in the Spring Classics. However, the cycling gods gave the Belgian more than a fair share of the bad luck that is usually found in the Hell of the North.
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“A fall, four punctures, a broken derailleur … and that’s it,” he said at the finish.
Despite all his mishaps he showed he was one of the strongest on the day, finishing 31st, with the help of his teammates. “I had help but with everything that happened to me, it would have taken 150 teammates,” he said.
His bad luck was summed up by one of his punctures. He had radioed to the team that it was a front flat, but the mechanic was already out of the car with a rear. The mechanic returned to the car a got a front. But after the change and riding another ten metres he suffered a rear puncture too.
“I lost a bit of morale [there] but it’s Paris-Roubaix, it’s a Monument, it’s a race that’s never over… I had good legs but I had to burn matches in the first secteurs where I thought I’d be quiet. I wanted to make the finale with the big names but when you’re two minutes behind them, it’s difficult.”
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