Alexander Kristoff: I won't have any problems with Fernando Gaviria
Nov 07 2018 09:00 am CET

Alexander Kristoff: I won't have any problems with Fernando Gaviria
Alexander Kristoff: I won't have any problems with Fernando Gaviria
Photo of Alexander Kristoff (c) UAE Team Emirates

With the announcement of the signing of Fernando Gaviria with UAE Team Emirates, the position of Alexander Kristoff was in doubt. But the Norwegian rider doesn't think there will be any conflicts with the Colombian.

Kristoff has been the main sprinter for UAE Team Emirates since his arrival at the beginning of 2018 and now he will be joined by Fernando Gaviria, who is considered one of the best riders for the fast finishes. But the Norwegian is not worried about this and is already thinking of the 2019 season.

"I'll go to the Belgian classics and to San Remo, which will be my big challenge," said the rider to Spanish newspaper Marca. "I still don't know if I'll do the Giro or the Tour, I will have to talk to the directors to share the calendar with Gaviria.

"I know for sure that I won't do Giro and Tour because it would be too much for me because they both will have several mountain days."

Kristoff welcomed the signing of the Colombian sprinter. "Gaviria will improve the level of the team because he is one of the best cyclists in the world," he explained. "Because of my personality, I won't have any problems with him.

"I will be able to help him, without a doubt, though I prefer to have my own calendar. It could even happen that we will go together to the Tour. I wouldn't have any trouble with that but in December everything will be decided."

The rider wants to work together with Gaviria for the team. "I will have big rivals for the next season but at least one of them won't be Gaviria," he joked. "There will be (Peter) Sagan, of course, and someone new. But what is important is that between Fernando and me we get good results in the classics and bring victories to the team."

Kristoff also talked about the moment that made the difference in his 2018 season, that wasn't what he was expecting. "For me, the victory of the Tour de France was very important," the Norwegian affirmed. "It is certain that I haven't won everything that I wanted to win, surely I could have done better.

"But I would give me an 'acceptable' grade and I hope that this will be a lesson ahead of 2019. There have been many little things that have made it impossible to win. This year I went through many changes and it cost me to adapt. We had a little bit of everything: bad luck, injuries, lack of understanding... surely we have built a good base to do it better from January."




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