Leknessund wins first organised European race since COVID-19 lockdown

LAGOA PORTUGAL FEBRUARY 23 Andreas Leknessund of Norway and UnoX Norwegian Development Team during the 46th Volta ao Algarve 2020 Stage 5 a 203km Individual Time Trial stage from Lagoa to Lagoa ITT VAlgarve2020 on February 23 2020 in Lagoa Portugal Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Andreas Leknessund (Uno-X) in action at the Volta ao Algarve earlier this season (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Wednesday saw the first outdoor race between professional cyclists held in western Europe since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down racing in mid-March. The Klatrekongen Fuel of Norway race, an uphill individual time trial, was won by Andreas Leknessund of the Uno-X Development Team.

The 20-year-old, who is to step up to the WorldTour with Team Sunweb next year, set a time of 10:12 over the 4.1km course, which averaged 7.1 per cent. He beat Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma) by 21 seconds, while Ådne Holter (Joker Fuel of Norway) finished third at 34 seconds.

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Stage 1 result
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andreas Leknessund (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team0:10:12
2Tobias Foss (Nor) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:21
3Ådne Holter (Nor) Joker Fuel of Norway0:00:34
4Iver Knotten (Nor) Team Coop0:00:37
5Carl Frederik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal0:00:39
6Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) NTT Pro Cycling0:00:43
7Rasmus Tiller (Nor) NTT Pro Cycling0:00:57
8Torstein Træen (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team0:01:28
9Øivind Lukkedahl (Nor) Joker Fuel of Norway0:01:34
10Trond Håkon Trondsen (Nor) Team Coop0:01:34

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Dani Ostanek
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