Kristoff: Winning the Tour of Flanders proves you’re a classics rider

Alexander Kristoff’s last words before taking the start of the Tour of Flanders were to prove oddly prescient. “I don’t have to attack today, but sometimes attack is the best form of defence,” he told reporters, a rare moment of insight amid the nervous sound bites as riders descended from the signing podium in the shadow of Bruges’ belfry.

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