Oliver Naesen on Worlds road-race course: It's difficult – very difficult

AG2R’s Oliver Naesen at the 2020 Tour de France
AG2R’s Oliver Naesen at the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Oliver Naesen returned from a reconnaissance ride of the World Championships road race course around Imola, Italy, on Saturday morning and told Belgian media that it was "difficult – very difficult", while also confirming that the Belgian squad would be united behind Wout van Aert for Sunday's race.

"We knew it was going to be difficult, and that was confirmed after the reconnaissance," Naesen told the Belga news agency via Het Nieuwsblad. "You have those two climbs [the Mazzolano and the Cima Gallisterna], but it's never flat in between, either.

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