Alexander Kristoff sprints to victory in De Panne
Mar 29 2017 10:40 pm CET

Alexander Kristoff sprints to victory in De Panne

Alexander Kristoff of Katusha-Alpecin has won the second stage of the Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde. Philippe Gilbert is close to the overall victory.

The second of four stages led the riders from Zottegem to Koksijde with a total distance of 211 kilometers.

The stage was heavily affected by the wind which caused the peloton to split into many echelons. Luke Rowe, second in the general classification after the opening stage, ended up in the wrong group and is as such no longer a serious candidate for the final victory.

Gilbert did manage to get into the correct group, as did sprinters Kristoff and Marcel Kittel, among others. In the final sprint, Kittel initially seemed headed for victory but eventually had to settle for third place behind Kristoff and Edward Theuns.

While Kittel and several others chose the middle of the road for his sprint, Kristoff fought his own battle on the left side of the road and pushed his bike across the finish line with a small but visible advantage over his rivals.

Ahead of Thursday's two stages, Gilbert of Quick-Step Floors has a 50-second advantage over Austrian Matthias Brandle. Kristoff follows at 1'07".



Photo of Alexander Kristoff by Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com





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