Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) had always shown huge promise but it was his victory at Milan-San Remo last year that really put the Norwegian on the map. It was a sign of things to come for Kristoff and he went on to win two stages of the Tour de France just a few months later.
Cyclingnews caught up with Kristoff ahead of his title defence this weekend to talk about his memories of the race as a young boy, what it was like winning in 2014 and his thoughts on the new route for this season.
“I couldn’t really believe what I was achieving at that moment. When I crossed the line I was winning a monument as the first Norwegian in history. It was a great moment and I still remember it and get goosebumps,” Kristoff said of winning the last edition ahead of Fabian Cancellara.
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Born in Ireland to a cycling family and later moved to the Isle of Man, so there was no surprise when I got into the sport. Studied sports journalism at university before going on to do a Masters in sports broadcast. After university I spent three months interning at Eurosport, where I covered the Tour de France. In 2012 I started at Procycling Magazine, before becoming the deputy editor of Procycling Week. I then joined Cyclingnews, in December 2013.
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