Oliver Naesen blames overtraining for a disappointing 2021 season

Oliver Naesen (AG2R Citroën) at the start of the Arctic Race of Norway
Oliver Naesen (AG2R Citroën) at the start of the Arctic Race of Norway (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

After what has, so far, been a personally disappointing 2021 campaign, Oliver Naesen kicks off four days of racing at the Arctic Race of Norway looking to reset and refocus on the final major goals of his season.

The AG2R Citroën leader has yet to grace the podium of a race so far this year, placing fourth at the E3 Saxo Bank Classic in March and, more recently, enduring a Tour de France derailed by illness.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix