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.”
“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.