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by Neal Rogers
June 26, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Oliver Naesen, Jolien d’Hoore take Belgian national titles; Steve Cummings, Lizzie Deignan win British road championships; Fabio Aru, Elisa Longo Borghini take Italian national championships; Arnaud Démare crowned French national road champion; Ramon Sinkeldam, Chantal Blaak win Dutch road titles; Mullen and Boylan win Irish road race championships; Other national champions; Valverde – Froome is the strongest favourite for Tour de France; Feeling undervalued, Kristoff delays extending contract with Katusha; Investors flee from Dalian Wanda Group, owners of Tour de Suisse and World Triathlon Corporation; Video – Tour de France official teaser.
Dissatisfied with things at Katusha-Alpecin, Alexander Kristoff has said that he wants to delay the possible signing of a new contract with the squad. The Norwegian is a past winner of the Tour of Flanders, Milan-San Remo, plus two stages in the Tour de France, but hasn’t been on that level thus far this year.
As a result of that, the team gave him a contract proposal that he is not satisfied with. “I want to wait a moment,” he said, according to Procycling.no. “My manager has contacted several teams and some teams are interested.
“I have also received a proposal from Katusha, but I’m not happy with the financial terms and the way the team has treated me lately.” According to Belga, Astana is one of the teams that has indicated possible interest.
Kristoff started well with one stage win in the Etoile de Bessèges and three in the Tour of Oman. A stage win in the Three Days of De Panne was also solid, but fourth in Milan-San Remo and fifth in the Tour of Flanders fell short of what the team wanted. And while he won the Eschborn-Frankfurt Rund um den Finanzplatz and was second on a stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, the team isn’t satisfied enough to offer him more.
Kristoff is also irked that his preferred leadout men Michael Morkov and Sven Erik Bystrom have not been given the nod for the Tour de France. However he knows that if he can take a stage or two in that event, his value will jump up. “I’ll wait a while,” he said. “I want to check what other teams think about me and want to estimate my value.”