Nationality: Norway
Date of birth: July 5, 1987
Height: 181cm
Weight: 78kg
Team: Katusha-Alpecin

With the pure sprinter starting to become a rare breed, Alexander Kristoff is a fast man with more to his repertoire than just a ferocious sprint.

Like John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), the Norwegian is as comfortable in the Classics as he is sprinting it out on the flat terrain in stage races.

While he took an impressive bronze medal at the Olympic Games road race in 2012, Kristoff’s real launch to prominence came in 2014, when he scored a first Monument win at the Milan-San Remo along with two stages at the Tour de France.

In the following years, things only seemed to be on the up. Second in San Remo in 2015 behind Degenkolb was swiftly followed with a second career Monument win at the Tour of Flanders in a season which saw him consistently podium in many of the races he entered.

Unfortunately, a dispute with his team manager over his weight and the exodus of his favourite domestiques has all but spelt an end to his time at Katusha.

Major results: Milan-San Remo 2014 | 2x stages Tour de France 2014 | Tour of Flanders 2015