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Alexander Kristoff registered his 15th top 10 finish of the season. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Alexander Kristoff registered his 15th top 10 finish of the season. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Kristoff Ninth At Paris-Brussels; Evans Returns

11. September 2010

Brussels, Belgium

First with the help of Cole House, Martin Kohler and Simon Zahner and later Michael Schâr, Alexander Kristoff sprinted to ninth place for the BMC Racing Team Saturday at Paris-Brussels. The race marked the return of world road champion Cadel Evans.

Kristoff Survives Climbs
House, Kohler and Zahner helped Kristoff chase back from a puncture just before the final climbs. Then Schär worked the past Norwegian national road champion onto the wheel of four-time Paris-Brussels winner Robbie McEwen. "Everybody was so tired in the sprint that it got a bit strange," Kristoff said. "McEwen gave up and left a gap I had to close. My legs were too tired and I didn't have any more power at the end after all the hard climbs in the last 20 kilometers." Francisco Ventoso (CarmioOro) became the first Spaniard to win the race.

Evans Returns
Evans returned to action with the BMC Racing Team for the first time since finishing the Tour de France with a fractured left elbow. "Bouncing away in the gutter, dodging parked cars and traffic islands is good training, but not my preferred form of racing," Evans said. "I was OK coming into the last kilometers after a bit of a selection had been made, but a bike change when the cars were behind the second group put me well out of the running. Not to worry, a day's good training in competition was all I was after."

Lelangue Pleased
BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said he was pleased with the strong teamwork, Evans's form and Kristoff's performance on a circuit that was very difficult. "For his first race, I was really happy to see Cadel in such good condition," Lelangue said. "We didn't put pressure on him and we didn't panic when he had to make his bike change. Alexander also did a good job on the new parcours. Tomorrow will be a better chance for him."