Alexander Kristoff: I must be happy with the result
Sep 25 2017 05:19 am CET

Alexander Kristoff: I must be happy with the result

Alexander Kristoff came agonizingly close to victory in the road race of the UCI World Championships in his home country, but ended up settling for second place.

The Norwegian lost the final sprint to defending champion Peter Sagan but did enough to take home a Silver medal.

"We had two leaders today with me and Boasson Hagen," he said. "And the rest of the team was there to support us and get us in a good position, and I think theye did a good job, they were in the front of the pack all the time.

"We both had a lot of opportunities to get the best result, and in the end I was there so we can be happy with that. Unfortunately I was just not fast enough to keep him (Sagan) behind me, but it was close. I did my maximum, and must be happy with the result. For sure I am disappointed, but when you see who it is, you know it's not easy to beat him. He's won a lot of big races and races like this one, so I don't really know how I could have done anything more today.

"I did a good sprint as well I think, I was not going slower at the end, but unfortunately he was just a little more fresh and faster at the end."

Many Norwegians had come to the city of Bergen to support the riders, their domestic heroes in particular. This did not go unnoticed in the peloton.

"For sure it was a great atmosphere," Kristoff said. "You expect a lot of people - you've probably already seen a lot of Norwegians at the Tour de France - when it's on home soil. I think the whole city and a lot of people from all around the country came here to celebrate and cheer for us, and I think for me at least the race went really fast. We can be very thankful for the cheering and the support. I really enjoyed seeing all the people cheering for us and sometimes it was really hard to hear the radio."
Photo of Alexander Kristoff by Mary Cárdenas /



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