Kristoff fully focused on Spring Classics

Alexander Kristoff at the 2019 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

For Alexander Kristoff, with no place in UAE Team Emirates' squad for the Tour de France and no chance of victory in an exceptionally hilly World Championships and Olympics, success or failure in 2020 essentially boils down to how he fares in a seven-week period from the end of February to mid-April, from the early-season sprints until Paris-Roubaix.

In cycling, such a concentrated focus on a specific block of racing isn’t as unusual as it sounds, and could be worse; Grand Tour contenders are often judged on their performance over just three weeks in July.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.