Arctic August Jensen strengthens sprint lead-out

Norwegian puncheur joins Rally Cycling as a powerful domestique with a punchy finish

1 month ago by Oskar Scarsbrook

Rally Cycling has signed Norwegian puncheur and domestique supreme August Jensen. The 30-year-old joins from DELKO and is the second Norwegian on the team’s roster for 2022. 

Having been a professional since 2013, Jensen describes himself as a “smart rider” who can navigate stressful situations intelligently. The Norwegian has a sharp turn of pace and can go well on shorter climbs as showcased by his stage victory in the 2017 Arctic Race of Norway, a race where he also finished second on GC.  

“I’m super stoked and really happy to have signed with Rally,” Jensen said. “I can see the atmosphere from when I have raced against them and they seem like a great group of guys, so I’m really happy to be part of this team.” 

Jensen is from Bodø, located just north of the Arctic Circle. He was a teammate of Arvid de Kleijn and fellow newcomer Kristian Aasvold on the Riwal Securitas Cycling Team in 2020. 

“Racing with Arvid and Kristian again should be really fun. Arvid is obviously super fast, and we worked well together in 2020,” added Jensen.

 

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The 30-year-old’s skills, knowledge and experience will be vital as part of the team’s sprint lead-out train. As well as this, Jensen is also a luxury teammate and opportunist.

“If you’re a good enough domestique, there will be opportunities in different races,” explained Jensen. “But for me there is no problem as long as the sprinter is doing well, and the team’s being recognised in the pro peloton.” 

Rally Cycling’s long-term performance director Jonas Carney is particularly excited about how next season’s sprint train is shaping up. 

“August was someone that Arvid had mentioned as a great lead-out rider,” said Carney. “He will bring a good deal of experience to the team, and we’re excited by how his acquisition will bolster our performance in the final kilometers of a race.”

Away from the bike, Jensen likes to cross-country ski – a pastime he says that as a Norwegian, “surely shouldn’t surprise you,” admire art and hang out with his girlfriend and their cat Oskar, whom they “love like a child.”

The team looks forward to seeing Jensen as part of the team in 2022. Stay tuned next week for the final addition to our men’s roster. 

 

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