Andreas Hyldgaard Jeppesen
July 21st 1996 – the date is special in Danish cycling history. Bjarne Riis could as the only Dane yet cross the finish line at Champ-Élysées wearing the yellow jersey as the winner of Tour de France – and in the home city of Riis, Herning, a newborn cyclist opened his eyes for the first time. In the maternity ward Andreas Hyldgaard Jeppesen’s father sprinted between the birth of the now 21-year-old rider and the hospital TV, that showed Tour de France.
Andreas Hyldgaard Jeppesen grew up watching the Tour, and because a good classmate raced in the local club, cycling became very tempting. When he was 12 he switched out the football boots with cleats, and the fast rider started to show his potential in the sport.
He won his just 3rd race as a senior, and he continues to aim higher. Even though cycling is an individual sport, he knows the value of teamwork when it comes down to marginals, that decides whether the team wins or fails. For Andreas Hyldgaard Jeppesen it is also a part of the charm of cycling – it is merciless, but when everything goes right, it has a lot to offer in return.
”In cycling I’m a part of something bigger. The sport gives both freedom, experiences and a development of myself as a person. I have had a lot of great experiences as a bike rider already as a 21-year-old only, that I wouldn’t have had as a football player.”
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