RideLondon - Alexander Kristoff: Party during the week, race on the weekends
Jul 31 2017 01:20 am CET

RideLondon - Alexander Kristoff: Party during the week, race on the weekends

Alexander Kristoff of Katusha-Alpecin was the first rider to cross the finish line on the London Mall to succeed Tom Boonen as RideLondon champion.

The Scandinavian delivered a powerful sprint to finish ahead of Magnus Cort Nielsen of Orica-Scott and Sunweb's Michael Matthews.

Asked by the post-race interviewer, Kristoff did not think that the team had much of a tactic going into this race.

"I had a great party at home a few days ago and I usually race well a few days after a party. Maybe that's the tactic, to party during the week and then race on the weekend," the Norwegian joked shortly after taking the victory.

"I had really good memories from here. I got a bronze medal at the Olympics and I knew that the course suits me well. I was struggling a bit out there on the climbs but we managed to chase back. My teammates, Nils (Politt) especially was pulling really hard to come back, he was really strong.

"We did not get much help from other teams. At least Sunweb helped us a bit. At the end we timed it perfectly but it was a little bit on the edge. In the sprint I felt good and Michael (Morkov) delivered me really well so I was really happy to see I could hold everybody behind me.

"It was quite a narrow corner and then it stretches out. It was no problem coming through there but I ended up in the Bora train, in the wheel of (Sam) Bennett. I just waited for him to start because it was a little bit windy. I knew it was going to be hard," he explained.

The pressure had been on for Kristoff following some disappointing race, including the Tour de France where he could never really be in the fight for a stage victory.

"It is always a great feeling to see that you cross the line first," he said. "It's quite a long time as my last win was in Frankfurt on the 1st of May so it is a nice feeling to get a win."
Photo of Alexander Kristoff by Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com



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