Oliver Naesen in quest to remove Classics question marks

CALPE SPAIN JANUARY 13 Detail view of Oliver Naesen of Belgium during a training at the AG2R Citron Team Training Camp on January 13 2022 in Calpe Spain Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Oliver Naesen (AG2R-Citroen) at the January team training camp in Belgium 2022 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

After a difficult 2021 where overtraining often left him struggling to be competitive, Oliver Naesen (AG2R-Citroen) will start his 2022 season with the aim of regaining confidence and the certainty that he can be in the thick of the action when it counts. As the Belgian Classics contender puts it, it’s all about removing the question marks. 

That process has thrown up some unusual consequences.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.