Date of birth: July 5, 1987
Team: UAE Team Emirates
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 (Trek-Segafredo) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), 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.
The 2016 and 2017 seasons saw Kristoff consistently score stage wins in smaller stage races, and place in the top 10 of the Classics, although there would be no repeat of a Flanders or Milan-San Remo victory.
Kristoff moved to UAE Team Emirates from Katusha-Alpecin for the 2018 season, taking early stage victories in the Abu Dhabi Tour and Tour of Oman, but with the only highlights of the Classics season being fourth in Milan-San Remo.
Alexander Kristoff sprints to final stage victory at Tour of Oman as Lutsenko secures overall victory
For the third consecutive year Alexander Kristoff won the final stage at Tour of Oman on Sunday, in so doing taking his first victory since joining UAE Team Emirates this season.
There's something quite familiar about Alexander Kristoff's winning pattern this year
Alexander Kristoff has started his season in EXACTLY the same way that he started last season
By Stuart Clarke Published
Alexander Kristoff snaps seatstay clean in half during Hatta Dam sprint
The Norwegian was forced to push his way to the line of the brutal climb
By Alex Ballinger Published
Alexander Kristoff: Cav has a new team, but I know what he can do
Katusha sprinter is more excited to see what rival Marcel Kittel will do next year, than Mark Cavendish as both join new teams
By Sophie Hurcom Published
Band of brothers: How the sprinters survive in the Tour de France mountains
When the Tour de France hits the mountains, for some riders all they can do is survive
By Stuart Clarke Published
RideLondon winner Alexander Kristoff falls just short of taking Box Hill Strava KOM
Norwegian Alexander Kristoff places fourth out of 81,887 riders who have logged a ride on Strava up Box Hill in Surrey
By Nigel Wynn Published
Alexander Kristoff takes third stage win in Tour of Qatar
Niki Terpstra hangs on to Tour of Qatar overall lead with one stage remaining
By Stephen Puddicombe Published
Alexander Kristoff says Tour of Britain frustrations sum up his season
Alexander Kristoff finished in the top-five on seven of the eight stages of the Tour of Britain
By Chris Marshall-Bell Published
Alexander Kristoff wins opening stage of Tour of Oman as predicted crosswinds fail to materialise
Norwegian extends his record streak taking his ninth win in Oman in 10 appearances
By Owen Rogers Published
Mavic wheels go U-shaped
Mavic's latest incarnation of its Cosmic Carbone Ultimate wheel used by Teams Katusha and Cannondale has adopted a U-shaped rim section
By Paul Norman Published