News | Eschborn-Frankfurt 'Rund um den Finanzplatz' • May 1, 2019
Kristoff nearly nails five-straight, finishing 3rd in the Eschborn-Frankfurt
After four consecutive wins, the Norwegian still podiums
At the end of a hard-fought sprint, Alexander Kristoff’s crown slipped off in the Eschborn-Frankfurt. After four consecutive successes, the UAE Team Emirates’ cyclist is no longer king in the German WorldTour race. He finished third this time behind winner Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and John Degenkolb (Trek- Segafredo).
An escape group ruled the early hours and was caught by the high-speed group in the last kilometres of a race. Kristoff’s sprint began when he bump against Ackermann at 200 metres out. It forced the Norwegian to reset and move towards the centre of the road. He began his comeback and fought to third place.
“Today my feelings were not perfect, so much so that on the undulating section, I slipped behind a couple of times. I was able to return to the group thanks to the support of Rory Sutherland and Vegar Laengen,” he explained. “On the final circuit, I tried to hold on to the sprint, but I wasn’t particularly brilliant. It was a pity we didn’t manage to prolong the winning streak in this race but for the sensations I had today, the podium is a good result.”
1 Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-hansgrohe 4h23’36”
2 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo s.t.
3 Aleksander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates s.t.