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Rider Diaries with Andreas Leknessund

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After his first race with the team and ahead of making his classics debut at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (later today at the time of posting!), Andreas sat down to pen his thoughts on things so far…

I only did the first team camp because of Tour de La Provence, but it was really nice to meet the team and all of the guys. I was really looking forward to it because this year it took longer than normal to see everyone, as there wasn’t a December camp or team meeting in person. So yeah, I was looking forward to it and getting down to Spain to meet everyone.

It was a really nice atmosphere with the guys and it was good to see how the team works.

Also, it was nice to escape the cold and snow in Norway; the weather was really nice in Calpe!

Not long after the team camp I got my first taste of racing at Tour de la Provence, and I got to pull on the Team DSM jersey for the first time at a race and that felt pretty special. I enjoyed the focus we had there. Focus on the development and on the basics, on us all working together and getting used to racing as a group. That for me was the most important part; to get to see how the team worked during the race and everything that goes on around it.

For a new rider like me, it’s really nice that the team actually goes to some races with a focus like that. It helps to take the pressure off a bit and we can focus on improving and developing.

On the final stage we really tried to be in the breakaway. We had tried a lot in the other stages but hadn’t made it so we were really motivated to get in it that day, and it was nice to be up there for the team. It was a really good experience to be in the break with some of the strong guys, and towards the end it got a bit more exciting as we thought we might actually be able to stay away but we were caught two kilometres from the finish.

I’m really happy with my performance on that day.

I’m looking forward to getting stuck in at Kuurne. I’ve done only a few classics races in U23 and juniors, so I’m excited to see what the racing is like. I’ll be there to learn off of the more experienced guys in the team and help out as best as I can, and hopefully we’re able to get a nice result out of it. I hope everyone watching at home enjoys the action!

Until next time, Andreas!