Alexander Kristoff wins reduced sprint in Deutschland Tour and tops GC
Aug 31 2019 03:21 am CET

Alexander Kristoff wins reduced sprint in Deutschland Tour and tops GC
Alexander Kristoff wins reduced sprint in Deutschland Tour and tops GC
Photo of Alexander Kristoff © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

UAE-Team Emirates' Alexander Kristoff has taken the victory of the reduced final sprint at the second stage of the Deutschland Tour.

The stage was 202 kilometres long -the longest one of the current edition of the race- between Marburg and Göttingen. A group of 25 riders created an early escape within the first 25 kilometres of the race but it was caught 80 kilometres later.

Soon after, young promise Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) launched an attack and rode most of the stage on his own, while behind him the speed of the peloton that was trying to catch him managed to break the group in two, leaving riders like Julian Alaphilippe and the then GC leader Pascal Ackermann struggling behind.

Evenepoel was caught in the penultimate climb and everything was set for a reduced sprint. Alexander Kristoff showed to have the better legs by crossing the finish line ahead of Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step).

The Norwegian also took the lead of the General Classification. "I suffered all day," he said. "I broke away in the middle of the stage but then I managed to get back into the group where, as the kilometres went by, I started to feel better. On the last ascent, I lost contact but managed to get back on. In the sprint, I felt really good. When Colbrelli jumped I was a bit boxed in, but then I managed to pass.

"Yesterday I felt good, but I was not able to finish off the excellent work of the team. I didn't win since Switzerland, before the Tour de France, where I wasn't at my best. Now, however, I am returning in good condition to aim for the world championship. For the overall GC I think it's difficult because today I was at the limit and tomorrow it will be even harder, but I will definitely try."




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