UPDATED: None of the four Norwegian cyclists competing in this year’s Tour de France won any laps in the celebrated race that finally ended on Sunday, more than 3,500 kilometers after it began July 2. Alexander Kristoff, who’s been Norway’s most hopeful, admitted he simply ran out of strength during the final surge into Paris.
Kristoff was said to be in “perfect position” at the last swing, but once again he was overtaken and ended up third. “(André) Greipel was stronger, pure and simple,” Kristoff said after the race, referring to the winner who beat Peter Sagan, Kristoff and Edvald Boasson Hagen on Sunday.
Kristoff was described as exhausted, rather disappointed but stoic after the last lap of the Tour de France. He’d come close, sometimes extremely close, to claiming lap victories during the course of the race that ended up with British cyclist Chris Froome as the overall winner. Neither Kristoff, Hagen nor the two Norwegian making their debuts this year, Vegard Breen and Sondre Holst Enger, succeeded in ever placing first, and Enger suffered a punctured tire on his own last dash into Paris.
Both newcomers, however, grabbed some attention along the way with Enger, age 22, finishing in the top 10 in several spurts and described as being among the most promising newcomers. Enger, the youngest in his field, placed third in the 16th lap and was already being courted by teams impressed by his performance.