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Alexander Kristoff
Kristoff in 2020
Personal information
Full name Alexander Kristoff
Born 5 July 1987 (1987-07-05) (age 34)
Oslo, Norway
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb; 12 st 4 lb)
Team information
Current team UAE Team Emirates
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type
  • Sprinter
  • Classics specialist
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
4 individual stages (2014, 2018, 2020)

Stage races

Tour des Fjords (2014, 2016)
Three Days of De Panne (2015)
Tour of Norway (2019)

One-day races and Classics

European Road Race Championships (2017)
National Road Race Championships (2007, 2011)
Milan–San Remo (2014)
Tour of Flanders (2015)
Gent–Wevelgem (2019)
Vattenfall Cyclassics (2014)
GP Ouest–France (2015)
Eschborn–Frankfurt (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
London–Surrey Classic (2017)
Scheldeprijs (2015)
Grand Prix of Aargau Canton (2015, 2018, 2019)

Alexander Kristoff (born 5 July 1987) is a Norwegian professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam UAE Team Emirates. He won the Norwegian National Road Race Championships in 2007 and 2011. His biggest victories have been the 2014 Milan–San Remo and the 2015 Tour of Flanders among many other successes.

Career

Early career

At six, he moved from Oslo to Stavanger. His stepfather got him interested in cycling rather than football. He started riding for Stavanger SK. At 16 he won the Norwegian National Road Race Championships in the youth category, and finished fourth at the European Youth Summer Olympic Festival. He turned professional in 2006 for Glud & Marstrand–Horsens. In 2007, he won the Norwegian National Road Race Championships at 19, beating Thor Hushovd in a sprint of four riders.

Katusha (2012–2017)

He won a bronze medal in the road race at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

2014 season

Alexander Kristoff Jarle Vines
Kristoff at the Tour des Fjords in 2014

In 2014 Kristoff won Milan–San Remo beating Fabian Cancellara in the sprint. Later the same year Kristoff claimed two stage wins in the Tour de France making him runner-up behind Peter Sagan in the points classification. Later in the season Kristoff took another victory when he claimed first place in the Vattenfall Cyclassics, after a previous win on German soil in May at the Eschborn–Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz. In total Kristoff took 14 victories in the 2014 season ranking him eighth in points on the 2014 UCI World Tour season standings.

2015 season

Schoten - Scheldeprijs, 8 april 2015, aankomst (D11)
Kristoff at the 2015 Scheldeprijs

In 2015, Kristoff had a very good start to his campaign by getting three stage victories at the Tour of Qatar, grabbing the points classification jersey in the process. He celebrated another stage victory soon afterward at the Tour of Oman. On 1 March, he was outsprinted by Mark Cavendish and finished in second position at Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne. He earned another sprint victory at Paris–Nice, while he was preparing himself for Milan–San Remo. He was looking for a repeat victory at that race, but John Degenkolb had the better of him in the sprint finish and he settled for second position. Still in the month of March, he went on to finish just shy of the podium in E3 Harelbeke, taking fourth place. He then participated in the Three Days of De Panne, where he was part of a six-man breakaway on the first stage and won the sprint of the small group, while being lead-out by his teammate Sven Erik Bystrøm. He repeated the next day, this time using a bunch sprint to propel himself to victory. Kristoff also won stage 3a, a bunch sprint where he very slightly edged André Greipel by 0.0003 seconds. With the bonus seconds awarded to him, he won the general classification too after finishing third on stage 3b, a short individual time trial.

In April, Kristoff won the cobbled monument Tour of Flanders, the main goal of his spring season. With some 30 kilometres (19 miles) remaining, Niki Terpstra attacked and only Kristoff went with him. The duo got a lead of 30 seconds with the remains of the lead group unable to catch them. Kristoff beat Terpstra in the two-man sprint, to take his biggest win up to that point. Three days later Kristoff won the sprinters' semi-classic Scheldeprijs, becoming the first rider to win the Three Days of De Panne, the Tour of Flanders and Scheldeprijs in the same season. Kristoff came in tenth at Paris–Roubaix, and then took a break from racing. He came back at the Tour of Norway, where he finished eighth overall while taking two stage successes. Shortly after, he participated in the Tour des Fjords where he dominated the sprints again by amassing three stage victories, the points classification jersey and a ninth overall position. He also won the seventh stage of the Tour de Suisse ahead of Peter Sagan. Sagan got out of Kristoff's slipstream to try to out-sprint him in the closing stages, but to no avail.

2016 season

In 2016, he started his season with a hat-trick of stage wins at the flat Tour of Qatar, finishing in second position in the overall classification to Mark Cavendish.

2017 season

In August 2017, Kristoff won the men's road race at the UEC European Road Championships in Denmark.

UAE Team Emirates (2018–present)

Later in August 2017, it was confirmed that Kristoff had signed an initial two-year deal with UAE Team Emirates starting from the 2018 season. He moved there with fellow Norwegian Sven Erik Bystrøm.

2018 season

Kristoff started his first season with his new team at the Dubai Tour. He followed this up with appearances at two more stage races in the Middle East. At the Tour of Oman, he won the sixth and final stage. His second win of the season came in the opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour. At the Tour de France, he won the last stage in a sprint on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

2019 season

In June 2019, Kristoff extended his UAE Team Emirates contract by a further two years, to the end of the 2021 season.

2020 season

In August, Kristoff won the opening stage of the Tour de France, taking the yellow jersey as a result. The following day, he lost the jersey to Julian Alaphilippe on a high mountain stage.

Personal life

Kristoff married Maren Kommedal at Stavanger Cathedral in October 2014, and the couple have four children.

Major results

2005
2nd Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
10th Road race, UCI Juniors World Championships
2006
Grenland GP
1st Stages 1 & 2
2007
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
5th Poreč Trophy
6th Colliers Classic
2008
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Criterium, National Road Championships
1st Stage 4 Ringerike GP
2nd Rogaland Grand Prix
2nd Poreč Trophy
2009
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Road race, National Under-23 Road Championships
1st Stage 3 Ringerike GP
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Sandefjord Grand Prix
5th Overall Tour de Bretagne
5th La Côte Picarde
7th Road race, UEC European Under-23 Road Championships
7th Druivenkoers Overijse
9th Poreč Trophy
9th ZLM Tour
10th Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
2010
3rd Philadelphia International Championship
4th Vattenfall Cyclassics
5th Grand Prix de Fourmies
7th Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
8th Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
9th Paris–Bruxelles
10th Scheldeprijs
10th Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen
2011
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Grand Prix de Fourmies
5th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
7th Scheldeprijs
7th Paris–Bruxelles
7th London–Surrey Cycle Classic
7th Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
2012
Three Days of De Panne
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3a
2nd Grand Prix de Fourmies
3rd Bronze medal olympic.svg Road race, Olympic Games
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Overall World Ports Classic
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
4th Overall Danmark Rundt
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 4
6th Eschborn–Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz
9th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
2013
Tour of Norway
1st Stages 1, 2 & 5
1st Stage 5 Tour de Suisse
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3a
3rd Vattenfall Cyclassics
4th Overall Tour des Fjords
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 3 (TTT)
4th Tour of Flanders
4th Brussels Cycling Classic
5th Scheldeprijs
8th Milan–San Remo
9th Paris–Roubaix
2014
1st Jersey gold.svg Overall Tour des Fjords
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2, 4 & 5
1st Milan–San Remo
1st Eschborn–Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz
1st Vattenfall Cyclassics
Tour of Norway
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 5
Tour de France
1st Stages 12 & 15
1st Stage 2 Tour of Oman
2nd Overall Arctic Race of Norway
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 4
5th Tour of Flanders
8th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
8th UCI World Tour
8th Overall Three Days of De Panne
8th GP Ouest–France
2015
1st Jersey white.svg Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3a
1st Tour of Flanders
1st GP Ouest–France
1st Scheldeprijs
1st Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
Arctic Race of Norway
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 1 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 7 Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 3 Tour of Oman
2nd Milan–San Remo
2nd Vattenfall Cyclassics
2nd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
3rd Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Jersey silver.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2, 4 & 5
3rd Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
4th UCI World Tour
4th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
4th E3 Harelbeke
8th Overall Tour of Norway
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
9th Overall Tour des Fjords
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3
9th Gent–Wevelgem
10th Paris–Roubaix
2016
1st Jersey gold.svg Overall Tour des Fjords
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2, 3 & 5
1st Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz
Tour of Oman
1st Stages 3 & 6
1st Stage 1 Arctic Race of Norway
1st Stage 7 Tour of California
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Jersey silver.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2, 4 & 5
2nd Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 1
2nd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
3rd Bretagne Classic
4th Tour of Flanders
5th EuroEyes Cyclassics
6th Milan–San Remo
7th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2017
1st European champion jersey 2016.svg Road race, UEC European Road Championships
1st Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz
1st London–Surrey Classic
Tour of Oman
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 4 & 6
Étoile de Bessèges
1st Jersey yellow.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
1st Jersey orange.svg Points classification Tour of Britain
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2nd Bretagne Classic
3rd Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
4th Overall Arctic Race of Norway
1st Stage 2
4th Milan–San Remo
4th EuroEyes Cyclassics
5th Tour of Flanders
7th Münsterland Giro
2018
1st Eschborn–Frankfurt
1st Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
1st Stage 21 Tour de France
1st Stage 1 Abu Dhabi Tour
1st Stage 6 Tour of Oman
3rd EuroEyes Cyclassics
4th Milan–San Remo
6th Grand Prix de Fourmies
9th Overall Dubai Tour
2019
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Norway
1st Jersey dark blue.svg Points classification
1st Stage 5
1st Gent–Wevelgem
1st Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
1st Stage 1 Tour of Oman
1st Stage 1a Okolo Slovenska
1st Stage 2 Deutschland Tour
3rd Tour of Flanders
3rd Eschborn–Frankfurt
4th Road race, UEC European Road Championships
4th EuroEyes Cyclassics
7th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
7th London–Surrey Classic
7th Brussels Cycling Classic
2020
Tour de France
1st Stage 1
Held Jersey yellow.svg after Stage 1
Held Jersey green.svg after Stages 1 & 2
2nd Clásica de Almería
3rd Tour of Flanders
3rd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
2021
2nd Trofeo Alcúdia – Port d'Alcúdia
5th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
6th Dwars door Vlaanderen

Classics results timeline

Monument 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Milan–San Remo 131 8 1 2 6 4 4 14 83 89
Tour of Flanders 15 4 5 1 4 5 16 3 3 18
Paris–Roubaix DNF DNF 57 9 DNF 10 48 DNF 57 56 NH
Liège–Bastogne–Liège Has not contested during his career
Giro di Lombardia
Classic 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 101 138 77 11 101 DNF DNF 58
Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne DNF 9 NH 11 2 2 21 3 40
Dwars door Vlaanderen 112 20 13 76 12 NH 6
E3 Harelbeke 94 4 53 27 40 21 66
Gent–Wevelgem DNF 57 14 11 9 DNS 73 25 1 19 28
Scheldeprijs 10 7 17 5 15 1 15 13 33
Eschborn–Frankfurt 6 1 NH 1 1 1 3 NH
Hamburg Cyclassics 4 14 11 3 1 2 5 4 3 4
Bretagne Classic DNF 8 1 3 2 11
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
IP In progress
NH Not held

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Giro d'Italia 157 149
Stages won 0 0
Points classification 30 8
Tour de France 147 125 130 149 130 114 139 132
Stages won 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1
Points classification 5 2 10 5 4 2 18 11
Vuelta a España Has not contested during his career
Stages won
Points classification
Legend
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DNS-x Did Not Start (no started on stage x)
HD Finished outside time limit (occurred on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification
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