The debutant (21) with the best Norwegian World Cup pace ever

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Edvald Boasson Hagen’s 17th place in 2017 was Norway’s best result at a World Cup pace – until today.

The 21-year-old super talent Andreas Leknessund from Tromsø impressed a lot, when he cycled to a raw 13th place in the senior debut.

– The trail was complicated. It was very hard in the headwind, so it was about daring to go out hard. It went home very fast again, and then it was very hard at the end. Both the slopes and the turns made it difficult. It is difficult to get a good feeling and good flow in this trail, but I do not know what I expected, says the Tromsø resident to TV 2.

– I asked if I was done. Then I looked down and saw my foot

– I reach the finish line and am a little unsure of how I should feel, it is very cool to have cycled, at the same time as I know there is a lot I could have done better. There are a bit mixed feelings, I must be completely honest, Leknessund continues.

The 21-year-old hit tempo guns such as Luke Durbridge and Jos van Emden, as well as the U23 world champion from the last three seasons – Danish Mikkel Bjerg.

Leknessund was only 16 seconds behind Tom Dumoulin. The Dutchman is hardly happy with his 10th place.

The 21-year-old now rides for the Uno-X Pro Cycling Team, but will from next year cycle for Team Sunweb.

WORLD CHAMPION: Filippo Ganna took his first World Cup gold at pace.

WORLD CHAMPION: Filippo Ganna took his first World Cup gold at pace. Photo: Marco Bertorello

Italian triumph

Rohan Dennis failed to defend last year’s superb World Cup triumph, and had to settle for a 5th place. For now, an Italian has taken the throne.

24-year-old Filippo Ganna took bronze last year, but showed that he has taken new steps in the last year.

A raw pace show gave Ganna gold, 26 seconds ahead of Wout van Aert in second place. Swiss Stefan Küng took the bronze.

– It is a dream for me, I am very happy, says gold winner Ganna.

The track world champion is looking forward to wearing the rainbow jersey as the world’s best speed rider.

– It is my first on pace, I will celebrate with the family, the Italian says modestly after his great home triumph.

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