Alexander Kristoff sprints to victory in Gent-Wevelgem
Mar 31 2019 10:49 pm CET

Alexander Kristoff sprints to victory in Gent-Wevelgem
Alexander Kristoff sprints to victory in Gent-Wevelgem
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Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) has taken Gent-Wevelgem's victory in a final sprint. The Norwegian showed to have the better legs in the final metres and outsprinted John Degenkolb and Oliver Naesen.

The race was 251.5 kilometres long between Deinze and Wevelgem and featured a variety of cobbles, pave roads and hills, including the infamous Kemmelberg at 34 kilometres from the finish.

Six men formed the first escape of the day: Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel, John Degenkolb, Matteo Trentin, Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan. The hardness of the terrain and the different sectors broke the front group until only Sagan and Trentin remained and were later joined by Edward Theuns, Luke Rowe and Mike Teunissen, while behind Alexander Kristoff tried to bridge to them.

Zdenek Stybar and Van Aert attacked during the ascent of the Kemmelberg and managed to create a gap with the rest of the pack. The duo caught Kristoff and the three of them went on to chase the five men in front, but they were caught by the reduced pack just a few kilometres later.

With 18 kilometres to go and as the pack got to the escapees, Rowe made a new change of rhythm and managed to stay in front by himself, only to be reeled back in one kilometre later. The next rider to make a move was Direct Energie's Niki Terpstra but this attack was also repelled by the pack.

Several attacks followed but none were successful due to the strength of the riders and the headwind. With six kilometres to go, Trek-Segafredo's Jasper Stuyven attacked and took with him Sebastian Langeveld (Education First), Amund Groendahl Jansen (Jumbo-Visma) and Mitchelton-Scott's Jack Bauer.

The four men were caught in the last kilometre and everything was set for a bunch sprint. Despite launching the sprint far behind, UAE Team Emirates' Alexander Kristoff showed to have great legs and could hold the advantage until the finish, as such taking his second victory of the season.

Trek-Segafredo's John Degenkolb, AG2R La Mondiale's Oliver Naesen, Corendon-Circus' Mathieu van der Poel and Jumbo-Visma's Danny van Poppel completed the top five of the Belgian classic.




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