The solid teamwork of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux on a hilly profile was rewarded by a victory of sprinter Alexander Kristoff in the second stage of the Deutschland Tour this Friday.
The full team was represented in the selective final of the first stage and repeated this on an even harder course to control, with four categorized climbs in the final race hour.
On the first of four difficulties, Amöneburg, a group of 25 riders with Barnabás Peák and Georg Zimmermann managed to escape. The presence of these two riders forced the other teams to lead the chase, with the rest of the team focusing on supporting Alexander Kristoff, one of the only sprinters surviving in the peloton.
The breakaway attempts continued when the leading group was caught, but not one group managed to avoid a group sprint in Marburg. Alexander Kristoff was launched by Barnabás Peák with 300 meter to go and could not be overtaken by any competitor in the sprint. His teammate Georg Zimmermann finished tenth.
The Norwegian rider took his fifth success of the season or the 22nd of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux. He also climbed to second place in the provisional classification and conquered the green jersey as leader in the points classification.