Alexander Kristoff

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Alexander Kristoff
File:Kuurne - Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, 1 maart 2015 (I04).JPG
Personal information
Full name Alexander Kristoff
Born (1987-07-05) 5 July 1987 (age 32)
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)
Three Days of De Panne (2015)

One-day Races and Classics

National Road Race Championship (2007, 2011)
Milan–San Remo (2014)
Tour of Flanders (2015)
Vattenfall Cyclassics (2014)
GP Ouest-France (2015)
Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop (2014)
Scheldeprijs (2015)
Grand Prix of Aargau Canton (2015)
Infobox last updated on
30 August 2015

Alexander Kristoff (born 5 July 1987) is a Norwegian professional road bicycle racer with the UCI ProTeam Team Katusha–Alpecin.[1] He won the Norwegian National Road Race Championship in 2007 and 2011.[2]

Career

Early career

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-)

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

In 2014 Kristoff won the Milan–San Remo beating Fabian Cancellara in the sprint. Later the same year Kristoff conceded two stage wins in the Tour the France making him runner up behind Peter Sagan in the Green Jersey Competition. Later this season Kristoff took another victory when he claimed the first place in the Vattenfall Cyclassics such as the Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop in May. In total Kristoff took 14 victories in the 2014 season ranking him eight on the UCI World Tour.

File:De Panne - Driedaagse van De Panne-Koksijde, etappe 3a, 2 april 2015 (C12).JPG
Kristoff on the podium at his very successful 2015 Three Days of De Panne, where he won the general classification, 3 stages and the points classification

In 2015, Kristoff had a very good start to his campaign by getting three stage victories on the Tour of Qatar, grabbing the sprints jersey in the process. He celebrated another stage victory soon afterward at the Tour of Oman. On March 1, he was outsprinted by Mark Cavendish and grabbed the second position of 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 a fourth placing.[8] He then participated to 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 Bystrom.[9] He reapeated the next day, this time using a bunch sprint to propel himself to victory.[10] Kristoff also won stage 3a, a bunch sprint where he very slightly edged Andre Greipel by 3/10,000th of a second. With the bonus seconds awarded to him, he won the general classification too after finishing third of stage 3b, a short individual time trial.[11] In April, Kristoff won the cobbled monument Tour of Flanders, the main goal of his spring season. With some 30 kilometers 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 so far.[12] Three days later Kristoff won the sprinters semi-classic Scheldeprijs,[13] becoming the first ever to win the Three Days of De Panne, Tour of Flanders and 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 to 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 final meters, but to no avail.[16]

Palmarès

2006
Grenland GP
1st Stages 1 & 2
2007
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Road Race Championships
2008
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Criterium Championships
1st Stage 4 Ringerike GP
2nd Rogaland Grand Prix
2nd Porec Trophy
2009
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Under-23 National Road Race Championships
1st Stage 3 Ringerike GP
2nd Sandefjord Grand Prix
5th Overall Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste
5th La Côte Picarde
7th Druivenkoers Overijse
7th European Under 23 Road Race Championships
9th ZLM Tour
9th Porec Trophy
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 National Road Race Championships
2nd Grand Prix de Fourmies
5th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
7th Scheldeprijs
7th Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
7th Paris–Bruxelles
7th London – Surrey Cycle Classic
2012
Three Days of De Panne
1st Stage 3a
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
2nd Grand Prix de Fourmies
3rd Bronze medal.svg Summer Olympics: Men's Road Race
3rd Overall World Ports Classic
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
3rd National Road Race Championships
4th Overall Danmark Rundt
1st Stage 4
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
6th Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt
9th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
2013
Tour of Norway
1st Stages 1, 2 & 5
1st Stage 5 Tour de Suisse
2nd National Road Race Championships
2nd Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Stage 3a
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
3rd Vattenfall Cyclassics
4th Overall Tour des Fjords
1st Stages 2 & 3 (TTT)
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
4th Tour of Flanders
4th Brussels Cycling Classic
5th Scheldeprijs
8th Milan–San Remo
9th Paris–Roubaix
2014
1st Milan–San Remo
1st Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop
1st Vattenfall Cyclassics
Tour of Norway
1st Stages 1 & 5
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2 Tour of Oman
1st Jersey gold.svg Overall Tour des Fjords
1st Stages 2, 4 & 5
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
Tour de France
1st Stages 12 & 15
2nd Overall Arctic Race of Norway
1st Stages 2[17] & 4[18]
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
5th Tour of Flanders
8th UCI World Tour
8th World Road Race Championships
8th GP Ouest-France
2015
1st Stage 7 Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 3 Tour of Oman
1st Stage 1 Paris–Nice
1st General classification Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3a
1st Points classification Points classification
1st Tour of Flanders
1st Scheldeprijs
1st Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
Arctic Race of Norway
1st Stage 1
1st Points classification Points classification
1st GP Ouest-France
2nd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne[19]
2nd Milan–San Remo
2nd Vattenfall Cyclassics
3rd Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Stages 2, 4 & 5
1st 20px Points classification
3rd Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
4th World Road Race Championships
4th E3 Harelbeke
8th Overall Tour of Norway
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Points classification Points classification[20]
9th Gent–Wevelgem
9th Overall Tour des Fjords
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
10th Paris–Roubaix

Monuments results timeline

Monument 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Milan–San Remo 131 8 1 2
Tour of Flanders 15 4 5 1
Paris–Roubaix DNF DNF 57 9 DNF 10
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Giro di Lombardia
UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race 69 8 4

DNF = Did not finish
— = Did not compete

References

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  3. Dagbladet Sportsmagasinet 29 August 2008. Alexander Kristoff. Page 8
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  16. "Kristoff claims Tour de Suisse stage 7 in long-range sprint". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. O'Shea, Sadhbh (15 August 2014). "Kristoff wins sprint in Alta". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 17 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Kruijswijk wins the Arctic Race of Norway". cyclingnews.com. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "Cavendish sprints to Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne win". cyclingnews.com. 1 March 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. Quénet, Jean-François (25 May 2015). "Tour of Norway: Vangstad solos to victory on final day". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 26 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • Alexander Kristoff profile at Cycling ArchivesLua error in Module:WikidataCheck at line 22: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).