News: Kristoff still chasing stage win


“I think Cavendish is a real contender for the green jersey” so says Kristoff still chasing a stage win

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News: Kristoff still chasing stage win

Team KATUSHA’s Alexander Kristoff was right in the heart of the action on stage 3, but just missed a little to take a top placing, ending up 11th behind winner Mark Cavendish.

“I think we handled the lead out very well with Marco and Jacopo doing a good job. The problem was that I lost Jacopo in one corner because a guy from Orica was crashing (into a barrier on a corner), so as I came back Jacopo saw me and was moving, but there was a guy on my outside and he almost took out my front wheel so I almost crashed again, and lost him again.”

“I tried to find my way to the front on my own, but it was two times out in the wind and I had nothing left. I have been a bit close to crashing in these Tour de France finishes so far and I’ve used too much energy to get back to the front and then I have no power left to sprint with.”

“I hope I can have a smoother ride into the sprint tomorrow which will give me something left to sprint with. I felt good today; it was a pretty easy day and normally it is better for me if it’s a little bit harder so we’ll see tomorrow if we continue to go slow or if we go a little bit faster. Usually I should be better than the eleventh place I was today as I wasn’t good enough, so hopefully I am better tomorrow” explained Alexander Kristoff.

“I think Cavendish is a real contender for the green jersey competition if he can keep going like he has been. But there are some good stages ahead for Peter Sagan where he will take points where Cavendish cannot do it. I think it will be difficult for him overall, but he will try” assessed Alexander Kristoff.

Stage 4 on Tuesday is the longest of the 21 stages featured in this year’s French tour. At 237,5km, the stage begins in Saumur and ends in Limoges.




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