Notching no less than three consecutive sprint wins at the Three Days of De Panne this week, Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff is feeling good about his chances at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.
The Norwegian’s chances are further improved with the help of teammate and, for this weekend, super-domestique Luca Paolini, who just won the wind-pummelled Gent-Wevelgem last weekend.
Although boasting plenty of cobbles — with more than a dozen pavé sections between 300m and 2650m in length — the Tour of Flanders evidently isn’t harsh enough for Kristoff to forego the aerodynamic benefit of his Canyon Aeroad CF SLX. (Most if not all Katusha riders will switch to Canyon’s Ultimate CF SLX for Paris-Roubiax next weekend. Kristoff instead will rely on the cushion of 25mm Veloflex tubulars and his custom Selle Italia SLR saddle to take the edge off the kasseien.
The canyon aeroad cf slx debuted last year as the german brand’s aero machine:
Saddle covers and custom paint aren’t the only pro-only touches on Kristoff’s bike; his front Mavic Cosmic Carbone features a team-only rim, which is wider and much more snub-nosed than the consumer model. The rear Cosmic Carbone is stock.
As befits a sprinter, Kristoff has Di2 shift buttons on the inside of his bars. He will be hoping to put those to good use come the finale of De Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday.
This team edition version of the mavic cosmic carbone features a wide, snub-nosed rim. the consumer version comes to a thinner point:
You won’t find this snub-nosed rim on consumer versions of the Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate
Complete bike specifications
Frameset: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX
Stem/handlebar: Canyon Aerocockpit CF, 130mm x 410mm