Who is Andreas Leknessund? Norway's up-and-coming Grand Tour talent

TROMSO NORWAY AUGUST 04 Andreas Leknessund of Norway and Team Norway poses during the 8th Arctic Race Of Norway 2021 Media Opportunity ArcticRace on August 04 2021 in Tromso Norway Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
Andreas Leknessund (Team DSM) in front of his hometown of Tromsø at the Arctic Race of Norway (Image credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

This season, Andreas Leknessund added his name to what is now an ever-growing list of riders taking the step from Norwegian ProTeam Uno-X to the WorldTour level.

The 22-year-old Norwegian followed his compatriot Tobias Foss – who had jumped to Jumbo-Visma in 2020 – by switching to Team DSM, where he'll be joined by two more Uno-X graduates next year in Jonas Hvideberg and Frederik Rodenberg.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix