Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff has reportedly won all the stages of the eminent De Panne 3 Day stage race. The champion is in the full form right now as he gears up to score big in the historic Monument race Tour Flanders.
The Katusha rider impressed everybody by winning 3 stages on a row among 4 stages with British riding icon Sir Wiggins claiming last short time-trial around Le Panne sea-stretch, in Belgium.
Alexander is one among the topmost favorites of Flanders Tour, which is the 2nd of 5 Monument classic races this season. It is especially true given the unfortunate absence of Flanders specialists like Fabian Cancellara & Tom Boonen. Cancellara has been ruled out of the historic race with two fractured vertebrae & Tom is nursing his dislocated shoulder. Thus, the Flanders track wide open to compete and score big for the new favorites such as the in-form Katusha star.
Albeit Kristoff was the first ever rider to win 3 stages on a row at De Panne yet a photo-finish was needed to confirm result. The Norwegian star beat Lotto-Soudal’s Andre Greipel in the final sprint & the photo evidence confirmed that he came up with 3/1000th of 1 second ahead, emerging as the winner.
While Greipel was second, Lampre-Merida’s Italyâ�Ös Sacha was 3rd.
“I feel I haven’t ever had such close victory. A draw could be nice too. I feel that we both could be on that winning podium as both of us deserved it”, stated Kristoff.
‘However, I am quite happy with the final verdict as well, of course!”
The win at De Panne stages marked the 8th won for the man this season.
“3 on a row seems definitely unique. However, I don’t feel that I would be able to come 4 on a row.”