Andreas Leknessund wins solo on the 2nd stage of the Tour de Suisse

The young Norwegian Andreas Leknessund (23) won his first World Tour victory by winning alone during the 2nd stage of the Tour de Suisse, this Monday, in Aesch.

The DSM rider broke company with his breakaway companions on a difficult course, rocking alone with a 1’30” lead over the peloton at the top of the last climb, the Chalpass (6.3 km at 6, 3%), 12 km from the finish. And, even if Alberto Bettiol raised an angry fist by regulating the sprint and believing he had won the stage, it was Leknessund who won with a 38” lead over the Italian and the rest of the peloton.

“The most during the ascent”

” It’s incredible, reacted the Norwegian, who could not believe his eyes. Most during the climb, but I knew if I could switch with a gap, I could make it to the finish. I came here on this Tour to win a stage. So now I’ll try to follow, to be aggressive, to take the breakaways and we’ll see…”

Left behind in the first stage in K├╝snacht on Sunday, he missed Leknessund 7” on the line – seconds he may have let slip in the last 500 meters to savor the first victory of his professional career – to dislodge Stephen Williams (Bahrain) from first place overall. He is now in 4th place in this Tour de Suisse behind the Welsh yellow jersey, the German Schachmann and the Dane Kron.


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