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The Norwegian's chances are further improved with the help of teammate and, for this weekend, super-domestique Luca Paolini, who just won the wind-pummelled Gent-Wevelgem last weekend.
Although boasting plenty of cobbles — with more than a dozen pavé sections between 300m and 2650m in length — the Tour of Flanders evidently isn't harsh enough for Kristoff to forego the aerodynamic benefit of his Canyon Aeroad CF SLX. (Most if not all Katusha riders will switch to Canyon's Ultimate CF SLX for Paris-Roubiax next weekend. Kristoff instead will rely on the cushion of 25mm Veloflex tubulars and his custom Selle Italia SLR saddle to take the edge off the kasseien.
Saddle covers and custom paint aren't the only pro-only touches on Kristoff's bike; his front Mavic Cosmic Carbone features a team-only rim, which is wider and much more snub-nosed than the consumer model. The rear Cosmic Carbone is stock.
As befits a sprinter, Kristoff has Di2 shift buttons on the inside of his bars. He will be hoping to put those to good use come the finale of De Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday.
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Complete bike specifications
Frameset: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX
Stem/handlebar: Canyon Aerocockpit CF, 130mm x 410mm
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace Direct Mount
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace Direct Mount
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Additional shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 sprint shift buttons
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-25T
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace
Power meter/crankset: SRMShimano 11-Speed, 53/39T
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace
Front wheel: Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate - team edition rim
Read wheel: Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate
Front tubular: Veloflex, 25mm
Rear tubular: Veloflex, 25mm
Saddle: Custom printed Selle Italia SLR
Seatpost: Canyon S27 Aero VCLS CF
Bottle cages: Elite (2)
Computer: SRM Power Control 7 (not pictured)
Rider's height: 1.81m (5ft 11in)
Rider's weight: 78 kg (172b)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 79cm
Tip of saddle to center of bar: 62cm
Saddle-to-bar drop: 14cm