News – Kristoff wins Rund um den Finanzplatz


Milan – San Remo winner, Katusha Alexander Kristoff, won the bunch kick to win Rund um den Finanzplatz, his first race since his historic Milano-Sanremo victory in March

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News – Kristoff wins Rund um den Finanzplatz 

Alexander Kristoff spoke of his victory: “I never expected this before the race. I have to be honest, after Paris-Roubaix, I took a well-deserved break and these past few days I just did long distance training plus I had a travel day yesterday.

On the bike, I even did not feel so good in the beginning. But then when you see your teammates doing a perfect job…. The only thing I had to do was to follow. So in the end I started to feel better and better. Moreover, I never start in a race with the idea that I will not finish. I will always do the sprint and when I had such a perfect train in front of me, it was my duty to try to win. I am really happy to put my name on the winners list.”

Kristoff outkicked Germany’s John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) and Jerome Baugnies of Wanty-Gobert to earn the win in the 1.HC Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn – Frankfurt. “I started my sprint at 300 meters from the finish,” explained Kristoff. “The last 200 meters I was already in pole position and constantly taking all the wind, but I felt strong. Most likely John Degenkolb was a bit more tired. He was the local favorite and everybody was watching him”.

“In the end he had to work himself too, thanks to the perfect job of Kolobnev who attacked earlier. A perfect day and again a win in the rain. The roads were sometimes very slippery but we managed to survive. We even did more…”

Alexander Kristoff will next race two stage races in Norway and then take part in the Tour de Suisse before heading to the Tour de France.

1 KRISTOFF Alexander Team Katusha 04:49:31
2 DEGENKOLB John Team Giant-Shimano
3 BAUGNIES Jerome Wanty – Groupe Gobert
4 JACOBS Pieter Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
5 SPRENGERS Thomas Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
6 ZABEL Rick Germany
7 WEGMANN Fabian Germany
8 DIETEREN Jan Team Stölting
9 PORSEV Alexander Team Katusha
10 MATYSIAK Bartlomiej CCC Polsat Polkowice
13 BOOM Lars Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
14 CIOLEK Gerald MTN – Qhubeka
30 HOOGERLAND Johnny Androni Giocattoli – Venezuela @ 12
35 VOSS Paul Team NetApp – Endura @ 18


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