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Kristoff: I don’t need to be the strongest to win the Tour of Flanders

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Alexander Kristoff celebrates his overall win at De Panne.

Alexander Kristoff celebrates his overall win at De Panne.
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) gives the thumbs up to his overall win.

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) gives the thumbs up to his overall win.
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) in the leader's jersey.

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) in the leader's jersey.
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) collects more prizes

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) collects more prizes
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
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Alexander Kristoff celebrates his win.

Alexander Kristoff celebrates his win.
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
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As wearer of the leader’s jersey at the Three Days of De Panne, Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) was obliged to turn up for the morning leg of the race’s final split stage at an hour when the majority of his Tour of Flanders rivals were still sleeping soundly in their hotels.

It was past 1am before Kristoff’s eyes had fallen shut the previous night – “Normally I can never sleep before 1 anyway,” he grimaced – but although he lined up for the start on barely six hours of rest, he figured that, well, he might as well win.

 

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