Milan-San Remo: Kristoff ready to retake his title

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With defending champion John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) set to miss Saturday’s Milan-San Remo while he recovers from a pre-season training crash, 2014 winner Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) comes into the first monument of 2016 as the last rider to have won in San Remo.

The 28-year-old Norwegian sprinter has shown top form so far this season, dominating the sprint finishes at the Tour of Qatar on his way to winning the general classification there, and then adding two more sprint wins at the Tour of Oman.


Kristoff won the field sprint at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, but a clever solo move by Trek-Segafredo’s Jasper Stuyven meant Kristoff and the others were racing for second. Last week in Paris-Nice, Kristoff narrowly missed out on adding more victories to his 2016 palmares, winning the field sprint to take second on stage 5 but twice finishing fourth in the bunch gallops.

However, Kristoff said his lack of stage wins last week in France does not cause him any concern for his chances on Saturday, in Italy.

“I didn’t win any [Paris-Nice] stages in 2014 when I won here, so maybe it’s good luck for me,” he said Friday in Milan.

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