Alexander Kristoff (Intermarche-Wanty Gobert Matériaux) winning the Clasica de Almeria (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
When Alexander Kristoff won Milan-San Remo in 2014, it was a cold, rainy day, organisers had scrapped plans to add the Pompeiana between the famed ascents of the Cipressa and Poggio, and the race finished on the Lungomare Italo Calvino, giving the sprinters an extra kilometre to regroup after the final climb. Now eight years older and in the final years of his career with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux , the Norwegian admits La Classicissima di Primavera will be harder for him to win.
It isn’t just the alterations to the course that have complicated Milan-San Remo for the sprinters, the new generation of cycling’s stars seem to be able to do everything. This especially applies to Kristoff’s former teammate Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), who has been tipped as one of the main favourites. The Norwegian was not so sure of the Tour de France champion’s chances when asked during a virtual press conference on Thursday.
"He’s in the best shape of his life he just win Tirreno, he looks stronger than ever but I think it’s gonna be difficult for him to win San Remo," Kristoff said to Cyclingnews . "It’s not an easy race and I think he will struggle to drop everybody in the climbs – but if there’s one guy that can do it, it’s him."
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