Andreas Leknessund Takes First World Tour Win

Alberto Bettiol thought he had won the race and threw his fists in the air to celebrate

Andreas Leknessund

Andreas Leknessund won stage two of the Tour de Suisse single-handedly. The young rider of the Team DSM was a no match for his contestants today, yet in a hilarious turn of events, the spectators got to enjoy another event when Alberto Bettiol thought he had won the race and threw his fists in the air to celebrate. Only to find out that his radio had been disconnected, and he was unaware of Andreas’s victory.


The 23-year-old rider took on the final climb with such a speed that he sprinted ahead of everyone else and was already over the finish line when the rest of the group arrived. He took the overall lead from Stephen Williams. While Bettiol and Michael Matthews ended up in the top three.

We wish the Sprinter the heartiest congratulation on his first World Tour win.



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Here’s How the Race Evolved:

Stephen Williams made the initial breakaway with a group of 10 people including Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal), Mathieu Burgaudeau (Team TotalEnergies), and Andreas Leknessund (Team DSM).

On the second category climb, Jonas Rutsch (EF Education Easy-Post) and Swiss rider Joel Suter (UAE Team Emirates) took the lead while taking the maximum number of points and sprinting ahead of the rest of the group.

At Reinacherstrasse, Andreas crossed the line first taking three points, followed by Holmes (Lotto Soudal) and Burgaudeau (Total Energies) who took two and one points each.

With 10 km to go, Leknussund sprinted marvelously despite the scorching heat and with only 2 km left to the finish line, he had lost only 3 seconds. In the last kilometer, the young Norwegian was the only person in lead, with no competitor in sight. The DSM star was all smiles because at that moment he knew victory belonged to him today.

Leknussund was followed by Alberto Bettiol in the second and Michael Matthews in the third place. Though it is still unknown if the winner will get his hand on the yellow jersey from Williams.

Here are the results of top ten:

Rider TeamTime
Andreas Leknessund Team DSM04:46:22
Alberto Bettiol EF Education- Easypost +38
Michael Matthews Bike Exchange-Jayco+38
Andrea Pasqualon Intermache Wanty-Gobert+38
Matteo Trentin UAE Team Emirates+38
Niklas Arndt Team DSM+38
Stefan Küng Groupama FDJ+38
Edoardo Zambanini Bahrain Victorious+38
Daniel OssTotal Energies+38
Stefano Oldani Alpecin Fenix +38

Also Read: TOUR DE SUISSE: Alberto Bettiol Makes A Hysterical Mistake

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