Classic winner Kristoff on the move
3 Aug 2017, 12:10 p.m.
Just days after sprinting to victory in the 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, it has been announced that Norwegian star Alexander Kristoff will be riding in new colours next year.
Subject to a medical, Kristoff will move from Katusha-Alpecin to UAE Team Emirates for two years from the start of the 2018 season where he will link-up with Britain’s Ben Swift.
The 30-year-old has been with the Katusha set-up since 2012 and has won two Monuments with the team: Milan-San Remo in 2014 and the Tour of Flanders in 2015.
Kristoff had a disappointing Tour de France this year where he was unable to get a victory but made up for it by winning the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic a week later.
Teams and riders could officially announce where they will be riding on August 1 as the cycling transfer window opened.
Riders who competed in this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic who will also be on the move next year include Britain’s Pete Kennaugh and Dutch road race champion Ramon Sinkeldam.
Kennaugh, who attacked on Ranmore Common this year along with Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) and Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott), will be leaving Team Sky after eight seasons at the British team.
The two-time British road race champion has agreed to join BORA-Hansgrohe where he will link-up with world champion Peter Sagan.
Dutchman Sinkeldam, who is a key part of Michael Matthews’ lead-out train, will be leaving Team Sunweb to FDJ where he will support the 2013 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic winner Arnaud Demare.