Andreas Leknessund - Arctic star

Going on an early break away and then joining the big guns in the final. I am sure we will see and hear a lot more from Leknessund in the coming years. Join the bandwagon before it is considered late.

Changing of the guards in Norwegian cycling, and in the new generation Leknessund might be the one who carries the highest expectations. Coming from Tromsø is most unexpected for a cyclist. It is so far north that most of the year the ground is covered by meters of snow and there is no sunlight mid winter. Andreas went through all the usual Norwegian ski-sports as a child before he found cycling and truly showed his talent.

Both a World and a European champion in the youth classes before the transfer from Uno-X to DSM and the world tour in 2021. Today in De Brabantse Pijl he proved that he is a strong rider who can compete against the best. The long lasting Norwegian dream about a Grand Tour contender might not be fulfilled by Leknessund though. He has indicated that he is more of an allrounder, good at TT, but also explosive enough to become a great asset in one day classics. As the strength of Kristoff and Boasson Hagen seems to fade away it is exciting that Norway might have a rider who can be able to pick up the mantel.
 
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When did he become worldchampion and what discipline was that? I actually didn't know or at least don't remember that. I knew he was junior Euro champ (2017) and Euro u23 champ (2020) both in ITT, but i didn't know he was a worldchampion.

His name has been going around for years now, and honestly, i even expected him sooner. Today was good, but ultimately a footnote compared to the guy winning, who is the exact same age. His ITT in Itzulia last week was downright disappointing for a timetrialist of his pedigree. I think he is still far removed from his best level. I expect we'll see and hear from him in more spectacular fashion in the second part of the season.
 
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When did he become worldchampion and what discipline was that? I actually didn't know or at least don't remember that. I knew he was junior Euro champ (2017) and Euro u23 champ (2020) both in ITT, but i didn't know he was a worldchampion.

His name has been going around for years now, and honestly, i even expected him sooner. Today was good, but ultimately a footnote compared to the guy winning, who is the exact same age. His ITT in Itzulia last week was downright disappointing for a timetrialist of his pedigree. I think he is still far removed from his best level. I expect we'll see and hear from him in more spectacular fashion in the second part of the season.
Sorry, you are right. It was the Euro in 2017, not the World as I thought it was. Anyway, if he has met expectations or not so far, he is still someone to watch out for and hopefully more deserving of his own thread here in some time. I agree that he hasn't set the world on fire so far this season. He has had to spend some time adapting to his new team and race program, but the talent Is there and in the right race I am sure he will shine soon.
 
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Sorry, you are right. It was the Euro in 2017, not the World as I thought it was. Anyway, if he has met expectations or not so far, he is still someone to watch out for and hopefully more deserving of his own thread here in some time. I agree that he hasn't set the world on fire so far this season. He has had to spend some time adapting to his new team and race program, but the talent Is there and in the right race I am sure he will shine soon.
It wasn't a criticism, but i do think he will settle into his role more come summer. Last year he was already very good in the elite WCC ITT, so last weeks ITT showed he's far from his best form. Especially since it was a short but hard ITT with some climbing, which should actually have suit him. So, while today was "nice" i expect much more from him. Jungels 2.0 or about.
 
It wasn't a criticism, but i do think he will settle into his role more come summer. Last year he was already very good in the elite WCC ITT, so last weeks ITT showed he's far from his best form. Especially since it was a short but hard ITT with some climbing, which should actually have suit him. So, while today was "nice" i expect much more from him. Jungels 2.0 or about.
Agree, but I am guessing that adapting to team directives and finding a role might be part of the explanation to the disappointing ITT result last week. Eventually he will gain more freedom and the results will improve.
 
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