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Steensen learns from hard debut

André Steensen of Team CSC Saxo Bank had a tough first year in the professional ranks. Injuries and crashes filled the year, but he can see the positive side of it all and is looking forward to a healthier 2009 season with Team Saxo Bank.

"It's been a rough season with lots of accidents and injuries," the 21-year-old said to "I've come out on the other side a lot wiser on how to deal with adversity."

Steensen closed out the season with a broken wrist suffered in a crash in the Circuit Franco-Belge in October. It has healed enough and gave him no problems at the team's training camp last month.

The Dane started out last season with the team Glud & Marstrand Horsens before joining CSC in May. (SW)