Meet the Naesens: Oliver and Lawrence join forces at AG2R

Lawrence and Oliver Naesen of AG2R La Mondiale
Lawrence and Oliver Naesen of AG2R La Mondiale (Image credit: Yves Perret/YP Médias)

The 2020 season will see another band of brothers in the professional ranks. Following in the footsteps of the Sagans, Nibalis and Quintanas are the Naesens. Oliver has ridden for AG2R La Mondiale since 2017, and will be joined next year by Lawrence, two years his junior. 

The pair are very much alike, both sharing the same confident, forthright disposition and sense of humour, as well as similar physical characteristics on the bike. Even their paths to this point are similar, both being relatively late risers in turning pro at the age of 25.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.