Team News: Kristoff Wins Again in Home Tour


On the longest stage in the five-day Tour des Fjords, Alexander Kristoff takes his second consecutive win in his home race in Norway

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Team News: Kristoff Wins Again in Home Tour

It was the longest stage in the five-day race with Alexander Kristoff taking up the chase on his own to ensure he was part of the action for the finish. In the end, the Norwegian rider took his second win in as many days, crossing the finish line at the front in Suldalsosen, marking his eleventh win for the 2016 cycling season.


“The pack was not really strong enough to catch back the break, so I went to the front to try to keep the speed high. Then on the downhill I had good speed and I saw that I had a little gap so I kept going.”

“Two guys managed to bridge up and they were strong guys, so I was very happy to see the time gap go down. In the sprint I was the strongest, but I had to go from the front so it wasn’t ideal. And even though I was pretty tired from the chase, I was confident that I could win, – said Alexander Kristoff.

Kristoff’s winning time of 5:38.58 (39.119 km/h) on the 221 km day was just ahead of Nick van der Lijke (Roompot-Oranje) and Jonas Koch of VERVA Active Jet.

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The win and gap to the main field also gave Alexander Kristoff the yellow jersey and the lead in the general classification. With two stages to go, the Team KATUSHA rider leads by 20-seconds to Michael Schar of BMC and van der Lijke. Besides, Kristoff took control over the point classification (blue jersey).

“It was a little bit like a classic today. It was a long race and horrible weather conditions. At the end I saw we did not have the power to close the gap to the strong three guys in the front so I made one big attempt to do it myself and I’m happy it worked out in the end. I can’t predict on the GC yet.”

“There are still two more days to go and tomorrow is a very hard day. Maybe if I still have the lead after tomorrow I think I have a good shot, – said Alexander Kristoff.

Saturday’s stage 4 is familiar terrain for Alexander Kristoff with the stage beginning in his home town of Stavanger. At 165,6 km, the stage ends in Sandnes and promises to be a difficult day on the bike.

“This is my home race but I’m still not to my home city – that will be tomorrow. The last two days of this race are my home training ground and I know every corner”  said Kristoff.



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