Naesen injured in mass pile-up at BinckBank Tour

BinckBank Tour 2020 - 16th Edition - 1st stage Blankenberge - Ardooie 132,1 km - 29/09/2020 - Oliver Naesen (BEL - AG2R - La Mondiale) - Dries De Bondt (BEL - Alpecin - Fenix) - photo Tim van Wichelen/CV/BettiniPhoto©2020
Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

A massive crash with just over four kilometres to go on the opening stage of the BinckBank Tour left riders straggling in well after Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) had won the stage in a reduced bunch sprint. Among those limping across the finish line was overall favourite Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale).

Naesen, unable to bend his right knee, finished the stage thanks to help from Belgian champion Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix) who pushed him along.

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