Things seemed to have broken down between Kristoff and the Swiss team after Kristoff claimed they thought he was too heavy. “They think there’s two to three kilos that I should lose” he told Norwegian television in May. The rider questioned it as “weird” saying, “I’m not heavier than other years.”
“There is a tense atmosphere in the team, but I do not understand why they are angry with because I have a lot of good results for them,” Kristoff said.
While team tiffs happen all the time, it is particularly important for Kristoff who is out of contract next year and will want to show he still has results in him and Astana are the favourites as Belga have learned.
It would seem like a strange move for Kristoff with Astana not exactly known for their spring Classics form apart from a Alexey Lutsenko third place at the semi-classic Dwars door Vlaanderen this year.
However, it is understood that Kristoff will aim to bring his main lieutenant in Michael Mørkøv across with him giving him a vital ally in next year’s Classics.