He won the Tour de l'Avenir in 2019, having finished 9th the year before. It wasn't the strongest edition of the race, and he was also older than many of the other rider, but these days a l'Avenir win seems to be a stepping stone to greatness, so it shouldn't be discounted.
Last year he also did a great first ITT in the Giro, before his team sadly had to withdraw from the race. His debut as a pro wasn't perfect either, as he crashed during the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in February and broke his collarbone.
This year he was the only real helper for van Aert in Tirreno. Then he put in another good TT performance in Itzulia, but he didn't perform his best during the rest of the race, where Vingegaard and Tolhoek overshadowed him.
In this Giro he's one of a small handful of riders, who has outperformed their designated leaders, and with a little luck and some more help from George Bennett he could possibly have been higher placed than ninth right now.
- He turned 24 on Tuesday (May 25th) making him a Gemini.
- He comes from Vingrom, a small village outside Lillehammer.
- His middle name is Svendsen, and just like a different guy with that name, he used to do biathlon. But he was a terrible shot, so that career never took of. He was however introduced to cycling through his local biathlon club, so it did do him some good.
- Froome and Boasson-Hagen were his idols as a child, and he got to meet the latter at a club event when he was 13.
- He lives in Girona.