Alexander Kristoff

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Alexander Kristoff
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Kristoff at the 2015 Scheldeprijs
Personal information
Full name Alexander Kristoff
Born (1987-07-05) 5 July 1987 (age 29)
Oslo, Norway
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Katusha–Alpecin
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter/Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
2006 Glud & Marstrand–Horsens
2007–2009 Maxbo–Bianchi
2010–2011 BMC Racing Team
2012– Team Katusha
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
2 individual stages (2014)

Stage races

Tour des Fjords (2014, 2016)
Three Days of De Panne (2015)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2007, 2011)
Milan–San Remo (2014)
Tour of Flanders (2015)
Vattenfall Cyclassics (2014)
GP Ouest-France (2015)
Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz (2014, 2016, 2017)
Scheldeprijs (2015)
Grand Prix of Aargau Canton (2015)

Alexander Kristoff (born 5 July 1987) is a Norwegian professional road bicycle racer with the UCI WorldTeam Team Katusha–Alpecin.[1] He won the Norwegian National Road Race Championships in 2007 and 2011.[2] His biggest victories have been the 2014 Milan–San Remo and the 2015 Tour of Flanders among many other successes. He is known for banging his handlebars when he doesn't win.

Career[edit]

Kristoff at the Tour des Fjords in 2014

Early career[edit]

At six, he moved from Oslo to Stavanger. His stepfather got him interested in cycling rather than football. He started riding for Stavanger SK. At 16 he won the Norwegian youth championship, and finished fourth in the Youth Olympics.[3] He turned professional in 2006 for Glud & Marstrand–Horsens. In 2007, he became Norwegian road champion at 19, beating Thor Hushovd in a sprint of four riders.[4]

Katusha (2012–)[edit]

He won a bronze medal in the road race at the 2012 London Olympic Games.[5]

2014 season[edit]

In 2014 Kristoff won Milan–San Remo beating Fabian Cancellara in the sprint. Later the same year Kristoff claimed two stage wins in the Tour the France making him runner-up behind Peter Sagan in the points classification. Later this season Kristoff took another victory when he claimed the first place in the Vattenfall Cyclassics, after a previous win on German soil in May at the Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz. In total Kristoff took 14 victories in the 2014 season ranking him eighth in points on the 2014 UCI World Tour season standings.

2015 season[edit]

In 2015, Kristoff had a very good start to his campaign by getting three stage victories on the Tour of Qatar, grabbing the points classification jersey in the process. He celebrated another stage victory soon afterward at the Tour of Oman. On 1 March, he was outsprinted by Mark Cavendish and finished in second position at Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne.[6] He earned another sprint victory at Paris–Nice, while he was preparing himself for Milan–San Remo. He was looking for a repeat victory at that race, but John Degenkolb had the better of him in the sprint finish and he settled for a still prestigious second position.[7] Still in the month of March, he went on to finish just shy of the podium in E3 Harelbeke, taking fourth place.[8] He then participated in the Three Days of De Panne, where he was part of a six-man breakaway on the first stage and won the sprint of the small group, while being lead-out by his teammate Sven Erik Bystrøm.[9] He repeated the next day, this time using a bunch sprint to propel himself to victory.[10] Kristoff also won stage 3a,[11] a bunch sprint where he very slightly edged André Greipel by 0.0003 seconds. With the bonus seconds awarded to him, he won the general classification too after finishing third on stage 3b, a short individual time trial.

In April, Kristoff won the cobbled monument Tour of Flanders, the main goal of his spring season. With some 30 kilometres (19 miles) remaining, Niki Terpstra attacked and only Kristoff went with him. The duo got a lead of 30 seconds with the remains of the lead group unable to catch them. Kristoff beat Terpstra in the two-man sprint, to take his biggest win up to that point.[12] Three days later Kristoff won the sprinters semi-classic Scheldeprijs,[13] becoming the first rider to win the Three Days of De Panne, the Tour of Flanders and the Scheldeprijs in the same season. Kristoff came in tenth at Paris–Roubaix, then took a break from racing. He came back at the Tour of Norway, where he finished eighth overall while taking two stage successes.[14] Shortly after, he participated in the Tour des Fjords where he dominated the sprints again by amassing three stage victories, the points classification jersey and a ninth overall position.[15] He also won the seventh stage of the Tour de Suisse by a whisker over Peter Sagan. Sagan got out of Kristoff's slipstream to try to out-sprint him in the closing stages, but to no avail.[16]

2016 season[edit]

In 2016, he started his season with a hat-trick of stage wins at the flat Tour of Qatar, finishing in second position in the overall classification to Mark Cavendish.[17]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2006
Grenland GP
1st Stages 1 & 2
2007
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
2008
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Senior race, National Criterium Championships
1st Stage 4 Ringerike GP
2nd Rogaland Grand Prix
2nd Porec Trophy
2009
National Road Championships
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Under-23 Road race
2nd Road race
1st Stage 3 Ringerike GP
2nd Sandefjord Grand Prix
5th Overall Tour de Bretagne Cycliste
5th La Côte Picarde
7th Road race, UEC European Under-23 Road Championships
7th Druivenkoers Overijse
9th Porec Trophy
9th ZLM Tour
10th Ronde van Vlaanderen U23
2010
3rd Philadelphia International Championship
4th Vattenfall Cyclassics
5th Grand Prix de Fourmies
7th Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
8th Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
9th Paris–Bruxelles
10th Scheldeprijs
10th Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen
2011
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Grand Prix de Fourmies
5th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
7th Scheldeprijs
7th Paris–Bruxelles
7th London–Surrey Cycle Classic
7th Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
2012
Three Days of De Panne
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3a
2nd Grand Prix de Fourmies
3rd Bronze medal olympic.svg Road race, Olympic Games
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Overall World Ports Classic
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
4th Overall Danmark Rundt
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 4
6th Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz
9th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
2013
Tour of Norway
1st Stages 1, 2 & 5
1st Stage 5 Tour de Suisse
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3a
3rd Vattenfall Cyclassics
4th Overall Tour des Fjords
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 3 (TTT)
4th Tour of Flanders
4th Brussels Cycling Classic
5th Scheldeprijs
8th Milan–San Remo
9th Paris–Roubaix
2014
1st Jersey gold.svg Overall Tour des Fjords
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2, 4 & 5
1st Milan–San Remo
1st Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz
1st Vattenfall Cyclassics
1st Stage 2 Tour of Oman
Tour of Norway
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 5
Tour de France
1st Stages 12 & 15
2nd Overall Arctic Race of Norway
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 4
5th Tour of Flanders
8th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
8th Overall Three Days of De Panne
8th GP Ouest–France
2015
1st Jersey white.svg Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3a
1st Tour of Flanders
1st GP Ouest–France
1st Scheldeprijs
1st Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
Arctic Race of Norway
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 1 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 7 Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 3 Tour of Oman
2nd Milan–San Remo
2nd Vattenfall Cyclassics
2nd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
3rd Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Jersey silver.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2, 4 & 5
3rd Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
4th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
4th E3 Harelbeke
8th Overall Tour of Norway
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
9th Overall Tour des Fjords
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3
9th Gent–Wevelgem
10th Paris–Roubaix
2016
1st Jersey gold.svg Overall Tour des Fjords
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2, 3 & 5
1st Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz
Tour of Oman
1st Stages 3 & 6
1st Stage 1 Arctic Race of Norway
1st Stage 7 Tour of California
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Jersey silver.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2, 4 & 5
2nd Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 1
2nd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
3rd GP Ouest–France
4th Tour of Flanders
5th EuroEyes Cyclassics
6th Milan–San Remo
7th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2017
1st Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz
Tour of Oman
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 4 & 6
Étoile de Bessèges
1st Jersey yellow.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
3rd Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
4th Milan–San Remo
5th Tour of Flanders

Classics results timeline[edit]

Monument 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Milan–San Remo 131 8 1 2 6 4
Tour of Flanders 15 4 5 1 4 5
Paris–Roubaix DNF DNF 57 9 DNF 10 48 DNF
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Giro di Lombardia
Classic 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 101 138 77 11 DNF DNF
E3 Harelbeke 94 4 53 27
Gent–Wevelgem 57 14 11 9 DNS 73
Eschborn Frankfurt 1 6 1 1 1
Hamburg Cyclassics 4 14 11 3 1 2 5
Bretagne Classic DNF 8 1 3

DNF = Did not finish
— = Did not compete

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Giro d'Italia 157 149 DNE DNE DNE DNE
Stages won 0 0 - - - -
Points classification 30 8 - - - -
Tour de France DNE DNE 147 125 130 149
Stages won - - 0 2 0 0
Points classification - - 5 2 10 5
Vuelta a España DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE
Stages won - - - - - -
Points classification - - - - - -
Legend
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DNS-x Did Not Start (no started on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kristoff signs for Katusha". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "National Championship, Road, Elite, Norway". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Dagbladet Sportsmagasinet 29 August 2008. Alexander Kristoff. Page 8
  4. ^ Yngstemann ble bestemann BT.no
  5. ^ "Mark Cavendish's Olympic bid fails as Alexandre Vinokourov wins gold". Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  6. ^ Benson, Daniel. "Cavendish sprints to Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne win". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Results: 2015 Milano-Sanremo". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 22 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Thomas solos away from Stybar to win E3 Harelbeke". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Kristoff wins Driedaagse De Panne opener in Zottegem". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Axelgaard, Emil (1 April 2015). "Kristoff makes it two in a row in De Panne". Cycling Quotes. CyclingQuotes.com 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Kristoff strikes again at Driedaagse de Panne". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  12. ^ Wynn, Nigel (5 April 2015). "Alexander Kristoff wins Tour of Flanders". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Sports & Leisure network. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  13. ^ Axelgaard, Emil (8 April 2015). "Unstoppable Kristoff conquers Scheldeprijs". Cycling Quotes. CyclingQuotes.com 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  14. ^ Quénet, Jean-François (25 May 2015). "Tour of Norway: Kristoff wins stage 2". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  15. ^ Quénet, Jean-François (29 May 2015). "Three in a row for Kristoff at Tour des Fjords". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Kristoff claims Tour de Suisse stage 7 in long-range sprint". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  17. ^ Ryan, Barry (12 February 2016). "Kristoff repeats hat-trick of stage wins at Tour of Qatar". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 

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