Team News: Win for Kristoff


Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff got his tenth win of the 2016 season, this one coming on home soil in the 2016 Tour des Fjords with a finish in Odda

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Team News: Win for Kristoff

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Perfect work from a teammate and a solid sprint up the middle of the course gave Alexander Kristoff his tenth win of the 2016 season, this one coming on home soil in the 2016 Tour des Fjords with a finish in Odda.

“That was a hard climb at the end and the attacks came quite early. I should have tried to follow earlier because afterwards it was more flat, but I ended up doing it at my own speed. Nils Politt was the only guy left for me and he was pulling and pulling on the climb. He did an amazing job – he literally pulled for the entire climb. We finally got some help on the downhill, but he was pulling until 2 km to go. He did a job by himself equal to a full team; it was amazing” said Alexander Kristoff.

All Team KATUSHA did a great job during the day, protecting Alexander Kristoff from the start. In the second part of the distance Dmitriy Kozonchuk started to work in front of the group, chasing hardly the daily breakaway.

With the break caught at under 10 km to go, attacks came often in the closing kilometers, but coming into the sprint, Kristoff felt plenty of power to take the win on the long 212,5 km stage beginning in Stord. Joining him on the daily podium were Leigh Howard of IAM Cycling and Nikolay Trusov of Tinkoff. Howard leads the GC by 2-seconds to Alexander Kristoff.

– In the sprint I felt quite strong, but I want to emphasize that I never would have come to the sprint without Politt pulling like he did. He brought me into perfect position. To do that alone was impressive. Without him today I would not be standing here as the winner. But also, I want to thank all the team for support today, – said Kristoff.

The third stage on Friday is the longest of the five-day race. It begins in Ulvik and ends in Suldalsosen at 221 km.




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