Tour de France 2020

Kristoff extends contract with Katusha through 2015

Norwegian rider has seven wins since joining Katusha in 2012, and finished second in the opening stage at this year's Tour

Alexander Kristoff has extended his contract with Katusha for two more years, the team announced on Wednesday.

Kristoff’s contract will keep him with the Russian outfit through the 2015 season.

“I am very glad to have a possibility to continue with Katusha Team,” Kristoff said in a team release. “I am looking forward for the next two years with Katusha, so I would like to get more victories for the team in the future. Hope, to win here at Tour de France as well.”

Kristoff has been with Katusha since the start of the 2012 season and has seven wins and 14 podium appearances with the squad, which includes a second-place result in the first stage of this year’s Tour de France.

Kristoff is a two-time champion in the Norwegian national road race championships and at the London Olympics last summer, he finished third in the road race.

“Alexander is very ambitious sprinter and quickly progressive classics rider,” Katusha general manager Viacheslav Ekimov said. “We are happy that he will continue to improve as a professional rider in our team. We are counting on him in spring classics season, where he already showed his great potential during the current season.”

Kristoff’s 2013 classics season included a second-place finish in VDK Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde (Three Days of De Panne), fourth at Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), and fifth at Scheldeprijs. He also recorded top-10 finishes in Milano-Sanremo and Paris-Roubaix.