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Alexander Kristoff defies the wind to save his spring

Alexander Kristoff defies the wind to save his spring

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) defied strong winds to sprint to victory in the 81st Ghent-Wevelgem on Sunday, beating John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) by about a metre to the line with Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) in third.  The Norwegian former Tour of Flanders winner said: “Winning today saves my Spring Classics campaign. It’s gone from

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) defied strong winds to sprint to victory in the 81st Ghent-Wevelgem on Sunday, beating John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) by about a metre to the line with Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) in third. 

The Norwegian former Tour of Flanders winner said: “Winning today saves my Spring Classics campaign. It’s gone from bad to good. I said I’d be happy if I went on the podium in one of these races. I’m really happy I’ve won one, but I can make it even better if I do well in the next races.”

Kristoff took off from the train 250m out and held off all challengers after a gruelling and absorbing race in poor conditions. 

“I found a good wheel and at the end I was the strongest in the sprint”, said Kristoff.  It’s a huge victory for me. I can see my shape is coming good for Flanders. This is slightly easier than Flanders, but to get this victory – it’s one of the biggest victories in my career.”

Racing in Belgium continues at Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday before next Sunday’s Tour of Flanders.



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