Skjelmose impresses on UAE Tour at age of 20

Sixth at the UAE Tour on his WorldTour debut, Denmark’s Mattias Skjelmose Jensen gave an extra signal that the current crop of talented young cyclists don’t need to mature to perform at the highest level as he ousted Vincenzo Nibali from the leadership role at Trek-Segafredo.

“I didn’t expect to do so well. I didn’t come to the United Arab Emirates to race for the general classification but mainly to help Vincenzo in this ”, declared Skjelmose, who is eight months younger than Remco Evenepoel at the start of the final stage.

“Then I was lucky enough to do the first split on the first day and afterwards everything went well for me. I could follow many of the good climbers. For now it is a confirmation of my form “.

Trek-Segafredo sporting director Adriano Baffi explained how the team scrambled for the UAE Tour and included the 20-year-old Dane, who began his professional career at Etoile de Bessèges in early February.

“When we discovered that there was an individual time trial here, Mattias really had the characteristics for this race,” said the Italian expert. “So we found space for him on the team here. We knew he could do well in the ITT and the climbs but on the first day he …

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