Watch: Alexander Kristoff takes first WorldTour win of season at Eschborn-Frankfurt (video)

Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff leads home a one-two for Katusha-Alpecin at the end of gruelling one-day WorldTour race in Germany

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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) took the reduced bunch sprint at the end of a rain-soaked Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz in Germany on Monday, May 1.

Kristoff was followed over the line by team-mate Rick Zabel to claim the 216-kilometre race for a third time in his career. It’s the first WorldTour-level race that Norwegian Kristoff has won this season after a somewhat disappointing Classics campaign.

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) completed the podium in third place. Degenkolb won the race in 2011.

“I was a little bit dropped on the last climb but I had a strong team around me to pull me back. Without them I would have had no chance,” said Kristoff after the finish.

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“We came back just before the laps and Rick was guiding me through the corners at the end and he did a perfect lead out for me and ended up second himself. Luckily he was my teammate in those last few k’s because otherwise I think he would have won the race!

“Earlier Tony Martin and Angel Vicioso and also team Bora Hansgrohe were working with us. Then at the end Nils Politt and Zabel took over. It was a big team effort to get back on the front that enabled me to sprint for the victory. We are really happy and it was a great performance.”

Eschborn-Frankfurt used to be known as Rund um den Henninger Turm. It moved up to WorldTour level for the 2017 season.

This year’s race boasted a start list that included world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) and Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates).

Sagan, Kittel and Greipel were among the many riders who abandoned the race due to cold and wet conditions. Only 67 riders finished.