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Oliver Naesen

Oliver Naesen
Naesen in 2020
Personal information
Full nameOliver Naesen
Born (1990-09-16) 16 September 1990 (age 33)
Oostende, Flanders, Belgium
Height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Weight71 kg (157 lb; 11 st 3 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamDecathlon–AG2R La Mondiale
Rider typeClassics specialist
Amateur team
2014Lotto–Belisol (stagiaire)[2]
Professional teams
2015Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise
2016IAM Cycling
2017–AG2R La Mondiale[3]
Major wins
One-day races and Classics
National Road Race Championships (2017)
Bretagne Classic (2016, 2018)

Oliver Naesen (Dutch: [ˈnaːsə(n)]; born 16 September 1990) is a Belgian professional racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale.[4] Considered a specialist of the one-day classics, he won the 2017 Belgian National Road Race Championships,[5] as well as the Bretagne Classic in 2016 and 2018.[6] He is the brother of fellow racing cyclist Lawrence Naesen.[7]



Naesen turned professional in August 2014 as a stagiaire with the Lotto–Belisol team, before joining Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise in 2015 and Swiss UCI WorldTeam IAM Cycling in 2016.[8]

He made his Grand Tour debut at the 2016 Tour de France,[9] in which he was awarded the combativity award on the fourth stage.[10] He made a spectacular crash in the last corner of the stage 18 mountain time trial, but finished his maiden Tour in 83rd position overall.[11]

Weeks after the Tour de France, he won the Bretagne Classic; his first victory in a UCI World Tour race.[12] In September, he finished second in the general classification of the 2016 Eneco Tour after a strong performance in the final stage to Geraardsbergen.[13] His results earned him a selection for the World Championship road race in Qatar, in which he finished 23rd.[14]

AG2R La Mondiale (2017–present)

Following the discontinuation of the IAM Cycling team, Naesen signed a two-year contract with French team AG2R La Mondiale.[15] In the spring of 2017, he confirmed his status as a classics talent with top-10 finishes in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne, E3 Harelbeke and Gent–Wevelgem. In the Tour of Flanders, he was in a three-man chase group behind Philippe Gilbert, when Peter Sagan, leading the group, crashed on Oude Kwaremont and brought down Naesen and Greg Van Avermaet. Naesen and Sagan broke their bike frames, preventing them from defending their podium positions, and Naesen ultimately finished 23rd.[16] In Summer, he won the 2017 Belgian National Road Race Championships in Antwerp,[5] before competing in his second Tour de France.

In 2018, he finished 11th at the Tour of Flanders and 12th in Paris–Roubaix. In August, he won the Bretagne Classic Ouest–France for the second time in three years.[6]

Major results

Naesen, wearing the Belgian national champion jersey, at the 2017 Tour de France
10th Grote Prijs Stad Geel
3rd Memorial Van Coningsloo
4th Ronde van Limburg
6th Binche–Chimay–Binche
6th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad U23
8th Gooikse Pijl
9th Handzame Classic
10th Druivenkoers Overijse
10th Internationale Wielertrofee Jong Maar Moedig
10th Flèche Ardennaise
2015 (1 pro win)
1st Polynormande
1st Gooikse Pijl
2nd Schaal Sels
3rd Grote Prijs Stad Zottegem
3rd Omloop van het Waasland
5th Druivenkoers Overijse
6th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st Young rider classification
7th Overall Tour of Belgium
10th Le Samyn
10th Tour de Vendée
2016 (1)
1st Bretagne Classic
1st GP Lucien Van Impe
2nd Overall Eneco Tour
2nd Tour de l'Eurométropole
10th Binche–Chimay–Binche
Combativity award Stage 4 Tour de France
2017 (1)
1st Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
3rd E3 Harelbeke
5th Overall BinckBank Tour
6th Paris–Tours
6th Dwars door Vlaanderen
6th Tour de l'Eurométropole
7th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
8th Overall Tour of Belgium
8th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
10th London–Surrey Classic
10th Binche–Chimay–Binche
2018 (1)
1st Bretagne Classic
3rd Eschborn–Frankfurt
3rd Binche–Chimay–Binche
3rd Tour de l'Eurométropole
4th E3 Harelbeke
4th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
4th Paris–Tours
6th Gent–Wevelgem
9th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
2019 (1)
2nd Overall BinckBank Tour
1st Stage 7
2nd Milan–San Remo
2nd Binche–Chimay–Binche
3rd Gent–Wevelgem
3rd Paris–Tours
7th Tour of Flanders
8th E3 Binckbank Classic
8th London–Surrey Classic
10th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
10th EuroEyes Cyclassics
7th Tour of Flanders
7th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
10th Overall Tour de Wallonie
4th E3 Saxo Bank Classic
7th Tro-Bro Léon
2nd Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
3rd Famenne Ardenne Classic
4th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
7th Bretagne Classic
8th Primus Classic
9th Famenne Ardenne Classic
4th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
7th Tour of Flanders
8th Overall Four Days of Dunkirk

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia Has not contested during his career
A yellow jersey Tour de France 83 63 66 68 61 70 DNF 76
A red jersey Vuelta a España Has not contested during his career

Classics results timeline

Monument 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Milan–San Remo 62 2 14 21 74 106
Tour of Flanders 35 22 23 11 7 7 33 41 40 7
Paris–Roubaix 57 13 31 12 13 NH 52 54 66 24
Liège–Bastogne–Liège Has not contested during his career
Giro di Lombardia
Classic 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 31 13 7 27 10 7 19 4 19 4
Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne 25 77 8 11 43 23 16 20 79 16
E3 Harelbeke 3 4 8 NH 4 21 47 25
Gent–Wevelgem 32 DNF 22 6 3 14 16 59 18 11
Dwars door Vlaanderen 40 DNF 6 DNF 19 NH 19 DNF 84 63
Amstel Gold Race 92 35 13 93 28 108
Eschborn–Frankfurt DNF 3 16 DNF
Bretagne Classic 1 DNF 1 17 7 DNF
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec 68 17 14 20 Not held
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 15 16 4 36
Paris–Tours 32 27 25 6 4 3 55 117

Major championships timeline

Event 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Rainbow jersey World Championships 23 73 33 DNF
National jersey National Championships 10 30 1 43 22 48 9
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
NH Not held


  1. ^ a b "Oliver Naesen - Equipe cycliste AG2R La Mondiale". Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Oliver Naesen at Cycling Archives
  3. ^ "Official presentation of the AG2R LA MONDIALE professional cycling team 2020". AG2R La Mondiale. Groupe AG2R La Mondiale. 10 December 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  4. ^ "AG2R Citroën Team". Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 1 January 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Belgian Road Championships 2017: Road Race - Men Results -". Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Bretagne Classic 2018 : le doublé historique d'Oliver Naesen (AG2R)". Le Dauphiné libéré (in French). Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Lawrence Naesen to join brother Oliver at AG2R in 2020". Future plc. 7 August 2019. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Leigh Howard, Vegard Stake Laengen and Oliver Naesen confirmed for IAM Cycling". 28 September 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  9. ^ "2016 > 103rd Tour de France > Startlist". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  10. ^ Barry, Ryan. "Tour de France: Kittel wins stage 4 in Limoges". Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  11. ^ Benson, Daniel. "Tour de France: Froome seals third overall victory in Paris". Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Naesen takes surprise win at Bretagne Classic". VeloNews. Pocket Outdoor Media. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  13. ^ Farrand, Stephen. "Terpstra wins Eneco Tour as Dennis crashes out". Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  14. ^ Wynn, Nigel (16 October 2016). "Peter Sagan wins World Championships road race for second consecutive year". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  15. ^ Rédaction. "Oliver Naesen et Stijn Vandenbergh signent chez AG2R - La Mondiale". Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Philippe Gilbert wins Tour of Flanders after epic solo break". Immediate Media Company. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
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