Alexander Kristoff takes unexpected podium at Tour of Flanders

OUDENAARDE BELGIUM OCTOBER 18 Arrival Yves Lampaert of Belgium and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Alexander Kristoff of Norway and UAE Team Emirates Oliver Naesen of Belgium and Team Ag2R La Mondiale during the 104th Tour of Flanders 2020 Ronde van Vlaanderen Men Elite a 2433km race from Antwerpen to Oudenaarde RVV20 FlandersClassic on October 18 2020 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
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Just under 40 kilometres before the end of the Tour of Flanders, Norwegian powerhouse Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) was in the hurt box and out of contention for a podium result in the race he won back in 2015. Eventual winner Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) was up the road with world champion Julian Alaphilippe (Elegant-QuickStep) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma). 

Other riders with high ambitions knew that it would become very hard to get these top guns back. A few kilometres later, Alaphilippe rode into a motorbike from the race jury and crashed out of the race. It was bad news for the world champion but Kristoff ended up being the sole rider from the chase group who would join Van der Poel and Van Aert on the podium in Oudenaarde, Belgium.

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