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Alexander Kristoff has been named to the Norwegian team for the world championships. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Alexander Kristoff has been named to the Norwegian team for the world championships. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Stage 1: Kristoff Ninth

24. August 2010

Royan, France

Alexander Kristoff sprinted through the remnants of a 16-man breakaway that was absorbed in the final kilometer to finish ninth for the BMC Racing Team Tuesday in the opening stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes.

A Perfect Lead-Out

Kristoff said he had a perfect lead-out from teammates Cole House, Martin Kohler, Steve Morabito, John Murphy and Danilo Wyss. But with riders from the breakaway (which included the BMC Racing Team's Florian Stalder) being caught, it was far from a normal field sprint. "We caught the break with 200 meters to go and I got stuck between all the people from the break," Kristoff said. "I think I could have won if we had caught the break a little earlier." Anthony Roux (Francaise des Jeux) won the 186 km race.