Kristoff wins opening stage in Norway

Katusha rider takes first race leader's jersey

Alexander "Kalashnikov" Kristoff claimed the opening stage of the Tour of Norway with a virtual spray of bullets to claim his fourth victory of the 2014 season. He won an uphill sprint in Larvik ahead of his up and coming compatriot Sondre Holst Enger of Sparenbanken Sør and Belgium's Tom Van Aesbroeck of Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, the Norwegian winner of Milan-San Remo showing how much he has stepped up this year.

"It's not much different from my win on stage 1 here last year," Kristoff told Cyclingnews after the finish. "I always felt some pressure to win in Norway. The difference now after Milan-San Remo is that I'm more expected internationally as a potential winner when it comes down to a sprint like this."

On the eve of the inaugural stage, Kristoff took his teammates to reconnoiter the last kilometer that included a hill and a flat section prior to 300 metres of a difficult false flat finish. The characteristics of the finale boosted his confidence and ambitions, so it was no surprise to see Katusha pulling the bunch behind the seven breakaway riders who had taken off after no more than four kilometers.

Accompanied by Adrian Kurek (CCC Polsat), Davide Frattini (Unitedhealthcare), Oysten Stake Laengen (Motiv3), Adrian Gjølberg (FixIT.no), Krister Hagen (Øster Hus-Ridley) and later Eliot Lietaer (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Tour de l'Avenir winner Ruben Fernández (Caja Rural-RGA) won the two intermediate sprints of the day while Gjølberg took the first King of the Mountain jersey with only one categorized climb on the menu of the day. Their maximum advantage was 4:25 at km 42.5.

As the three Pro Teams in contention, Katusha, Belkin and Tinkoff-Saxo, combined forces at the head of the peloton, the last four breakaway riders got caught with 6km to go. Belkin won the battle for positioning at the bottom of the final climb. "It was very slippery on the wet downhill," Kristoff described. "I got scared and I lost a few positions. But the bottom of the climb, I was not that far behind. Lars-Petter [Nordhaug] was right to attack strongly but my teammate [Aleksandr Kuchinsky] closed the gap. He was very strong, too. As Marco Haller led me out and I still had some power left, I thought I was going to win but I looked back and I saw Sondre Holst Enger very close behind me. That pushed me to give a bit more."

Enger showed some anger after being defeated, but he was true to his words on the start line as he expected to being able to beat Kristoff despite just coming out of a beginning of the season affected by illness. The bronze medallist at last year's U23 world championship was on the hunt for his first success of the year. For now, he's back in the lead of the best young rider competition that he won at the Tour of Norway last year as well as finishing third overall behind Edvald Boasson Hagen and Sergio Paulinho.

Boasson Hagen being busy at the Giro d'Italia this year, Kristoff is pipped as a potential overall winner but he played down his ambitions. "My main objective remains the stage wins," he said. "I'm coming out of a period with not much racing (only his successful GP Frankfurt since Paris-Roubaix). This is my first stage race on the way to the Tour de France. I'll try to keep the yellow jersey as long as I can. Last year I lost it in the queen stage in Lillehammer. We'll see on Saturday if I manage to overcome the climbs or not."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha3:24:18 
2Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
3Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
4Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
5Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
6Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
7Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
8Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
9Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
10Jo Kogstad Ringheim (Nor) Team Joker  
11Trond Hakon Trondsen (Nor) Froy-Bianchi  
12Sven Erik Bystrom (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley  
13Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
14Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
15Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling  
16Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
17Henrik Steen Haugen (Nor) Team Ringeriks-Kraft  
18August Jensen (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley  
19Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha  
20Vegard Robinson Bugge (Nor) Team Joker  
21Marc De Maar (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
22Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
23Magnus Børresen (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley  
24Eduard Alexander Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff Saxo  
25Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling  
26Phan-Age Haugard (Nor) Froy-Bianchi  
27Christer Jensen (Nor) Motiv3 Pro-Cycling Team  
28Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Ringeriks-Kraft  
29Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
30Edvin Wilson (Swe) Team Joker  
31Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
32Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff Saxo  
33Peio Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
34Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Saxo  
35Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
36Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
37Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling  
38Bjørn Tore Nilsen Hoem (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
39Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:00:10 
40Leonid Krasnov (Rus) Rusvelo  
41Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling0:00:11 
42Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha0:00:13 
43Kristian Forbord (Nor) Froy-Bianchi  
44Anders Kristoffersen (Nor) Motiv3 Pro-Cycling Team  
45Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
46Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
47Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
48Alexander Serov (Rus) Rusvelo  
49Fillip Eidsheim (Nor) Team FixIT.no  
50Artur Ershov (Rus) Rusvelo  
51Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Team Joker  
52Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
53Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling  
54Fridtjof Roeinaas (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
55Stian Remme (Nor) Team FixIT.no  
56Njal Eivind Kleiven (Nor) Motiv3 Pro-Cycling Team  
57Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
58Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
59Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Team Joker  
60Nikolaï Tefre Lunder (Nor) Motiv3 Pro-Cycling Team  
61Igor Boev (Rus) Rusvelo  
62Havard Jorbekk Blikra (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley  
63Sergey Klimov (Rus) Rusvelo  
64Øyvind Lukkedal (Nor) Team Ringeriks-Kraft  
65Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff Saxo  
66Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
67Amund Gronda Groendahl Jansen (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
68Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
69Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
70Krisztian Lovassy (Hun) Team FixIT.no0:00:21 
71Elias Angell Spikseth (Nor) Froy-Bianchi  
72Kristian Aasvold (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
73Timofey Kristkiy (Rus) Rusvelo  
74Sondre-Gjerdevik Sørtveit (Nor) Team FixIT.no  
75Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
76Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:00:29 
77Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
78Niklas Aakvik (Nor) Motiv3 Pro-Cycling Team  
79Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
80Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:35 
81Fredrik Galta (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley  
82Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
83Andreas Landa (Nor) Froy-Bianchi  
84Tord Andre Sundhagen (Nor) Froy-Bianchi  
85Kristoffer Sommer Wormsen (Nor) Team Ringeriks-Kraft0:00:43 
86Nico Sijmens (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
87Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
88Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:00:52 
89Jan Marcus Faaglum Karlsson (Swe) Team Ringeriks-Kraft  
90Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Team Ringeriks-Kraft  
91Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff Saxo  
92Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff Saxo  
93Philip Lindau (Swe) Team Joker  
94Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
95Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha  
96Marius Hafsas (Nor) Team FixIT.no  
97Carlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
98Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:17 
99Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:01:35 
100Rudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha0:01:43 
101Krister Hagen (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley0:01:45 
102Oysten Stake Laengen (Nor) Motiv3 Pro-Cycling Team  
103Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
104Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
105Adrian Gjølberg (Nor) Team FixIT.no0:02:21 
106Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFFerekalsi Debesay Abrha (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
Sprint 1 - km 15.6 - Helgeroa
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA3 pts
2Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team2 
3Adrian Gjølberg (Nor) Team FixIT.no1 
Sprint 2 - km 113 - Helgeroa
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA3 pts
2Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team2 
3Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise1 
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha15 pts
2Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør14 
3Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise13 
4Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team12 
5Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise11 
6Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice10 
7Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka9 
8Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise8 
9Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice7 
10Jo Kogstad Ringheim (Nor) Team Joker6 
11Trond Hakon Trondsen (Nor) Froy-Bianchi5 
12Sven Erik Bystrom (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley4 
13Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert3 
14Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør2 
15Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling1 
Mountain 1 - km 32.9 - Langangen
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adrian Gjølberg (Nor) Team FixIT.no4 pts
2Krister Hagen (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley3 
3Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA2 
4Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team1 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise10:12:54 
2CCC Polsat Polkowice  
3Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
4Team Oster Hus - Ridley  
5Team Sparebanken Sør  
6Team Joker  
7IAM Cycling  
8Tinkoff Saxo  
9Team Katusha  
10Froy-Bianchi0:00:13 
11Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
12UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
13Team Ringeriks-Kraft  
14Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:00:23 
15Motiv3 Pro-Cycling Team0:00:26 
16Rusvelo0:00:36 
17Team FixIT.no0:00:47 
18MTN - Qhubeka0:01:10 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha3:24:08 
2Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør0:00:04 
3Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:06 
4Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:10 
5Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
6Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
7Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
8Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
9Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
10Jo Kogstad Ringheim (Nor) Team Joker  
11Trond Hakon Trondsen (Nor) Froy-Bianchi  
12Sven Erik Bystrom (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley  
13Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
14Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
15Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling  
16Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
17Henrik Steen Haugen (Nor) Team Ringeriks-Kraft  
18August Jensen (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley  
19Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha  
20Vegard Robinson Bugge (Nor) Team Joker  
21Marc De Maar (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
22Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
23Magnus Børresen (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley  
24Eduard Alexander Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff Saxo  
25Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling  
26Phan-Age Haugard (Nor) Froy-Bianchi  
27Christer Jensen (Nor) Motiv3 Pro-Cycling Team  
28Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Ringeriks-Kraft  
29Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
30Edvin Wilson (Swe) Team Joker  
31Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
32Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff Saxo  
33Peio Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
34Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Saxo  
35Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
36Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
37Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling  
38Bjørn Tore Nilsen Hoem (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
39Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Team Katusha  
40Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:00:17 
41Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:00:20 
42Leonid Krasnov (Rus) Rusvelo  
43Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling0:00:21 
44Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha0:00:23 
45Kristian Forbord (Nor) Froy-Bianchi  
46Anders Kristoffersen (Nor) Motiv3 Pro-Cycling Team  
47Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
48Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
49Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
50Alexander Serov (Rus) Rusvelo  
51Fillip Eidsheim (Nor) Team FixIT.no  
52Artur Ershov (Rus) Rusvelo  
53Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Team Joker  
54Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
55Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling  
56Fridtjof Roeinaas (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
57Stian Remme (Nor) Team FixIT.no  
58Njal Eivind Kleiven (Nor) Motiv3 Pro-Cycling Team  
59Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
60Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
61Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Team Joker  
62Nikolaï Tefre Lunder (Nor) Motiv3 Pro-Cycling Team  
63Igor Boev (Rus) Rusvelo  
64Havard Jorbekk Blikra (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley  
65Sergey Klimov (Rus) Rusvelo  
66Øyvind Lukkedal (Nor) Team Ringeriks-Kraft  
67Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff Saxo  
68Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
69Amund Gronda Groendahl Jansen (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
70Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
71Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:30 
72Krisztian Lovassy (Hun) Team FixIT.no0:00:31 
73Elias Angell Spikseth (Nor) Froy-Bianchi  
74Kristian Aasvold (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
75Timofey Kristkiy (Rus) Rusvelo  
76Sondre-Gjerdevik Sørtveit (Nor) Team FixIT.no  
77Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:00:39 
78Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
79Niklas Aakvik (Nor) Motiv3 Pro-Cycling Team  
80Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
81Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:45 
82Fredrik Galta (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley  
83Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
84Andreas Landa (Nor) Froy-Bianchi  
85Tord Andre Sundhagen (Nor) Froy-Bianchi  
86Kristoffer Sommer Wormsen (Nor) Team Ringeriks-Kraft0:00:53 
87Nico Sijmens (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
88Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
89Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:01:02 
90Jan Marcus Faaglum Karlsson (Swe) Team Ringeriks-Kraft  
91Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Team Ringeriks-Kraft  
92Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff Saxo  
93Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff Saxo  
94Philip Lindau (Swe) Team Joker  
95Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
96Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha  
97Marius Hafsas (Nor) Team FixIT.no  
98Carlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
99Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:27 
100Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:01:41 
101Rudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha0:01:53 
102Krister Hagen (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley0:01:55 
103Oysten Stake Laengen (Nor) Motiv3 Pro-Cycling Team  
104Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
105Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
106Adrian Gjølberg (Nor) Team FixIT.no0:02:30 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha15 pts
2Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør14 
3Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise13 
4Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team12 
5Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise11 
6Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice10 
7Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka9 
8Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise8 
9Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice7 
10Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA6 
11Jo Kogstad Ringheim (Nor) Team Joker6 
12Trond Hakon Trondsen (Nor) Froy-Bianchi5 
13Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team4 
14Sven Erik Bystrom (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley4 
15Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert3 
16Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør2 
17Adrian Gjølberg (Nor) Team FixIT.no1 
18Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling1 
19Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adrian Gjølberg (Nor) Team FixIT.no4 pts
2Krister Hagen (Nor) Team Oster Hus - Ridley3 
3Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA2 
4Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team1 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise10:12:54 
2CCC Polsat Polkowice  
3Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
4Team Oster Hus - Ridley  
5Team Sparebanken Sør  
6Team Joker  
7IAM Cycling  
8Tinkoff Saxo  
9Team Katusha  
10Froy-Bianchi0:00:13 
11Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
12UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
13Team Ringeriks-Kraft  
14Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:00:23 
15Motiv3 Pro-Cycling Team0:00:26 
16Rusvelo0:00:36 
17Team FixIT.no0:00:47 
18MTN - Qhubeka0:01:10 

 

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