Alexander Kristoff, riding for Norway won the Bronze Medal In the Olympic Men’s Road Race in London, England on July 28th. Riding a Canyon Ultimate CF 9.0 SLX Katusha Team bicycle, Kristoff won Norway’s first Olympic cycling medal since Dag Otto Lauritzen’s bronze in 1984
25 year old Katusha Team sprinter Kristoff was in the early breakaway, part of a 12-man group that escaped after 30km in the 250km race and also included Katusha Team riders Denis Menchov (Russia) and Luca Paolini (Italy).
Post-race, Kristoff explained to the cycling media “I didn’t expect to get a medal. I would try to go in the early breaks but in Norwegian teammate Boasson-Hagen) was not there and I could go for my own chance. I felt good in the sprint and it was a bit of a shame it wasn’t for first place, but of course a medal is great.”
Kristoff’s medal ride was very impressive as he was the only rider from the original breakaway to make the Olympic podium. “On the second last lap of Box Hill I was dropped from the group,” said Kristoff , “but I managed to make it back on the last lap I could stay on. I was suffering every time but I was lucky.” Another Katusha Team rider, Italian Luca Paolini, also riding a Canyon Ultimate CF 9.0 SLX Katusha Team bicycle, was 9th. while Katusha Team’s Alexander Kolobnev was also in the front group and finished 24th. Vladimir Isaychev finished 52nd, while Denis Menchov was 106th.