Team Sky sporting director Gabriel Rasch reportedly admits it would 'be insanely cool' if Alexander Kristoff signed with the team for the 2016 season

With Alexander Kristoff’s contract at Katusha up at the end of the season, rumours are already circulating as to where he will ride in 2016.

The Norwegian’s incredible start to 2015, which has seen him notch up 10 wins already, has surely added a few extra dollars to his wage demands, and if the Russian team baulk at the price, Team Sky’s Gabriel Rasch indicated he would love to have Kristoff on his side.

As reported by Procycling.no, Sky’s sporting director Rasch says it would ‘be insanely cool’ if his countryman was to join Sky, something that was music to the ears of Kristoff’s long-term trainer Stein Orn.

“If Alex should have changed teams, is there a better option than Team Sky?” he said. “Sky is definitely the best option.”

But after a stellar cobbled Classics campaign, including a win at the Tour of Flanders and a host of top-10 finishes elsewhere, would Kristoff be able to oust Geraint Thomas as Sky’s Classics leader?

“The challenge is to get Alexander to another level; it’s to get the whole team to give everything for him,” Orn added.

“At Katusha he is an indisputable captain, which is of very great importance.”

But Rasch says it may not be such a problem: “Maybe it would have been a conflict in the classics. But cyclists are good at grasping the concept that perhaps someone other than themselves is strongest that day and that they then have to work for him.

“With Alex in the team we would have more cards to play.”

Procycling.no point out, however, that big-name sprinters do not always fare so well at Team Sky. Mark Cavendish found his Tour de France green jersey ambitions somewhat stifled during his year with the team in 2012, while Elia Viviani might have something to say about another rival in the sprints.

  • elan

    Is this going to be the new Man.United.Plenty money so we will just buy the best.I agree with one comment,get some more home talent rather than quick fixes.We saw this years ago with the super T Mobile team,and that turned into a disaster.Thomas has a fabulous chance for glory,so give the guy a chance.Stop trying to buy success.

  • Mark Jones

    I would prefer to see a British team that developed young British riders in the same way that Orica develop home grown talent (and our British talent too!!)

  • Steve

    From a timing point of view it would work better than when Cav signed for Sky. In the Grand Tours Sky could try for the GC and points jerseys with Kristoff as a rider like Froome does not need 3 or 4 riders pacing him in the mountains like Wiggins needed in the Cav era. Wiggins had to have Sky keep the pace high to limit attacks against him as he didn’t have a kick like a Contador. Froome could look after himself with maybe a Porte and another leading him into the base of the hills leaving 4 or 5 to be a Kristoff train on the flatter days