Place 17 - Andrew Fenn
Rider type: Good sprinting rouleur
Biggest success: Memorial Philippe Van Coningsloo (1.2)
Team 2011: An Post - Sean Kelly
Team 2012: not yet known
Best Mock List-placing: new
In addition to cycling, Fenn tried out other sports such as swimming, rugby and football, before deciding on cycling at age 12, when he joined the Welwyn Wheelers. As a youth he was at first on the track and won a series of championships (including omnium, 500m time trial, pursuit and points).
In 2007 and 2008 he rode a number of Junior road races (including the Int. Junioren Driedaagse van Axel, Keizer Der Juniores, Sparkassen Münsterland Tour Internationale Junioren-Rundfahrt Niedersachsen) but without any notable results. The very large exception was his victory in the Paris-Roubaix Juniors in April 2008. This race was long dominated by an escape group containing a certain Peter Sagan. Fenn got away from the peloton and passed rider after rider out of the lead group, until Sagan was his final victim just before the Velodrome. That was his only remarkable achievement for the year, except for his second place in the British road championship. He continued to shine on the track, taking the titles in both individual and team pursuit at the European championships in Pruszkow.
In 2009 he moved up to the U-23 class. He started out inconspicuously here too, as he didn't finish the ZLM Tour (1.NCup). Later in Italy he finished the Circuito del Porto – Trofeo Arvedi (1.2) as 36th, and the Giro del Friuli Venezia Guilia as 100th. His best result was 12th place at the British road championship. At the World Championship in Mendrisio, he was allowed to ride the time trial, finishing 45th.
He did much better in his second U-23 year. He finished 11th at the ZLM Tour (1.NCup), as second in the field's sprint. At the Tour of Berlin (2.2) he claimed three podium places in sprint stages and the GC. The end of May he returned to Roubaix and finished 11th in the U-23 race – won, by the way, by Taylor Phinney. He finished eighth in the national championships, which gave him the U-23 title.
In 2011 he transfered to Team An Post – Sean Kelly and went directly to the Arabian Peninsula (52nd at the Tour of Qatar (2.1) and 88th at the Tour of Oman (2.1)). He was again inconspicuous in Flandes (44th at the Driedaagse of West-Vlaanderen (2.1) and 149th at Nokere Koerse (1.1)). He started moving up when he finished fourth in the Belgian race Zellik – Galmaarden (1.2). He brought in his first pro win at the Tour de Bretagne (2.2), winning the second stage after being beaten by Jetse Bol on the first stage. He finished fifth in Paris-Roubaix Espoirs. His next win came at the Belgian one-day race Memorial Philippe Van Coningsloo (1.2). The rest of the year remained unspectacular.
Fenn comes from the track and therefore has good end speed. He also has the endurance to do well in Classics like Paris-Roubaix. He should use another year at An Post – Sean Kelly to futher develop these abilities. Then a pro contract will be worthwhile.
Fenn, who signed a contract with Omega Pharma in the meanwhile, scored well at the Tour of Britain (2.1). At the third stage he finished tenth at an uphill finish, at stage five he sprinted to fifth place behind Renshaw, Cavendish, Förster and Thomas.
Nominated by wagenge, written by wagenge, translated by Tick