The Norwegian came through a rain-effected edition of La Primavera in 2014, beating Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) and Ben Swift (Team Sky) to the top step of the podium.
Having already racked up a number of wins this season, including a stage of Paris-Nice last week, Kristoff comes into the race somewhere near his best form.
And at last month’s Tour of Qatar – where he won three stages – Kristoff sat down with inCycle to take them through his 2014 win – from the early stages of the wet start to the finishing line where he tracked Philippe Gilbert before unleashing an unbeatable sprint.
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