Alexander Kristoff’s seniority wins at the Clásica de Almería

The norwegian sprinter offers the second victory of the season for Intermarché Wanty Gobert Matériaux 

During the whole race, the Belgian World Team stayed together as a group in the peloton, behind three escaped riders: Mikel Azparren (Eusklatel Euskadi), Gilles De Wilde (Sport Vlaanderen Baloise) and Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora Hansgrohe). Frenchman Théo Delacroix and Dutchman Taco Van Der Hoorn set the pace in the peloton during the first part of the race which contained three climbs: the Alto de Celin, Alto de La Alqueria and Alto de Fuente Marbella. 

Stanislaw Aniolkowski 
Alexander Kristoff
Nacer Bouhanni 
Simone Consonni
From left Stanislaw Aniolkowski, Alexander Kristoff, Nacer Bouhanni and Simone Consonni. Photo News

The gap with the leading trio remained stable around 4 minutes, until Barnabás Peák and other teams interested by a sprint increased the rhythm. The breakaway was caught with 18 kilometer to go and the teammates of Kristoff started the three local laps close to their sprinter.

Sebastián Molano
Matteo Trentin
Théo Delacroix
Andrea Pasqualon
Dimitri Claeys 
Adrien Petit
The bunch working with (from left) Sebastián Molano, Matteo Trentin, Théo Delacroix, Andrea Pasqualon, Dimitri Claeys and Adrien Petit leading the bunch. Photo News

Dimitri Claeys and Taco Van Der Hoorn guided the sprint train towards the front until the final kilometer.  Andrea Pasqualon started his effort with 400 meter to go and made room for the last element of the lead out, Adrien Petit. The Frenchman launched the former European champion to the victory in Roquetas de Mar, his 82nd career win but the first one on Spanish soil.

Alexander Kristoff celebrates his first victory in Spain ever. Photo News

Alexander Kristoff declared that “I’m very proud on my first victory of the season and the first of my career in Spain. I owe it to the whole team, my teammates were fantastic from the first to the last kilometer. First, to control the gap with the breakaway and then in the technical final. The approach towards the sprint was chaotic because of the headwind. Nevertheless they managed to bring me to an excellent position to start the sprint in the final straight. Sprinting from the lead wasn’t easy with this wind, but luckily my legs were strong enough to take the win and reward my teammates. Last season I won twice, so this gives me a lot of confidence for the classics and other races, starting with the Volta ao Algarve next week“.

1.-Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché Wanty Gobert)4:22:39″
2.-Nacer Bouhanni (Arkéa Samsic) +0″
3.-Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel Premier Tech)
4.-Stanislaw Aniolkowski (Bingoal Pawels Sauces WB)
5.-Sebastián Molano (UAE)
6.-Simone Consonni (Cofidis)
7.-Marijn Van Den Berg (EF Education Easypost)
8.-Jules Hesters (Sport Vlaanderen Baloise)
9.-Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo Kometa)
10.-Max Kanter (Movistar)
Clásica de Almería 2022 top ten.
Highlights of the Clásica Almería 2022.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *