Norway’s Alexander Kristoff is on the face of it an atypical big burly sprinter. In 2015 he’s finished second in the Milan-San Remo Classic, won the Scheldeprijs and the Tour of Flanders. Two of these races are considered to favour sprinters, and ended in group sprints, but in the steeply cobbled Tour of Flanders he broke away with 30km to go with one other rider, and easily outsprinted him.

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We’re quite used to pro riders switching their bikes to suit the terrain, and whereas many teams rolled out their cobble-smoothing endurance machines, Kristoff and most of his team-mates continued to race the Aeroad. Aero road frames are good at moving quickly when the going is smooth, but the increased

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