Alexander Kristoff's son has shock encounter with Tour of Flanders podium Champagne (video)

Leo Kristoff hides behind his dad Alexander as a Champagne bottle pops its cork on the Tour of Flanders podium

Man-of-the-moment Alexander Kristoff may well be eyeing victory at Paris-Roubaix this weekend – but his son won’t be on the podium with him if he does.

The Katusha rider is having an incredible season so far having taken a further 10 victories since his campaign’s first back in February at the Tour of Qatar.

The Norwegian won last week’s Tour of Flanders and then won the midweek Scheldeprijs ahead of an attempt on the Roubaix cobbles this Sunday.

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But if Kristoff is to cause a shock in Northern France and beat the cobble specialists, do not expect his young son Leo to be celebrating with his father.

The youngster took a shock on the podium when the celebratory Champagne opened at Flanders. Much to the amusement of the podium girls, the toddler covered his eyes and escaped beneath Kristoff senior’s legs.

We’re sure young Leo won’t really begrudge his father yet another Classics victory.

Chris Marshall-Bell

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