Green light for Alexander Kristoff to start in UAE Tour
Feb 22 2019 12:57 am CET

Green light for Alexander Kristoff to start in UAE Tour
Green light for Alexander Kristoff to start in UAE Tour
Photo of Alexander Kristoff © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

UAE Team Emirates' Alexander Kristoff had to abandon the Tour of Oman after he crashed after just 90 kilometres into the stage. The rider has been cleared to appear at the UAE Tour.

Kristoff won the first stage of the Omani race and wore the leader's jersey for two days. The Norwegian's intention was to contest the final sprint of the race, but a crash that happened just before the ascent of Al Hamriyah left him out of the race.

The crash caused him abrasions and he needed stitches on his left wrist. UAE Team Emirates' Doctor Jason Suter checked Kristoff after due to a hit he suffered on his left knee but ruled out any serious problems with it, giving him a green light to start at the upcoming UAE Tour.

Despite Kristoff's crash, the Tour of Oman was in general successful for the Emirati team with two riders in the top ten of the General Classification: Rui Costa and Jan Polanc. "The race went well for us," said Sports Director Simone Pedrazzini. "Kristoff won a stage and finished second the day after. In the climbing stages, Rui Costa showed good form and that's a good sign heading towards the UAE Tour.

"Unfortunately in the last stage, Kristoff was held up by a crash. That's the only bad point on what has been a great and competitive trip out to Oman."




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