We were in Belgium, we were in Spain. And we had a lot of exciting racing in both. There were some kings of the road crowned.
Gent-Wevelgem 2019 went right down to the wire this year – no long solo breakaways as in previous years, but one big bunch sprint, with Alexander Kristoff the strongest at the end of a fatiguing race. The Norwegian launched early and while other more fancied names found themselves either out of position or without that final kick into the headwind, he held his power to sail clear over the line for a victory that took many by surprise. It was classic Kristoff! John Degenkolb and Oliver Naesen joined him on the podium for second and third respectively.
Alexander Kristoff won the blue-riband sprint at the Tour de France on the Champs Elysees. With 2.5km to go, UAE sent Marco Marcato off on a flyer to try and disrupt the other sprinters’ teams, Quickstepper Yves Lampaert countered but both were hauled back before the inevitable bunch sprint. Kristoff powered across the line at 63.9km/h for his first Tour stage victory since the brace he won back in 2014. John Degenkolb finished runner-up ahead of third-placed Arnaud Demare.