Arndt: Up to 50 meters to go head to head with Kristoff


Nikias Arndt (Giant Alpecin) had go by in the final of the 4th stage of the Tour of Qatar Alexander Kistoff (Katusha). | Photo: Cor Vos

11.02.2015 | (Lucky Strike) – 50 meters before the finish line of the 4th stage of the Tour of Qatar has Nikias Arndt (Giant Alpecin) “already thought of victory” as the 23-year-old after the race radsport-news.com admitted. But then let Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), with which the young German had been on a height, its competitors behind and Peter Sagan (Team Saxo Bank-SunGard) still overtook Arndt, who eventually finished third.

The fretted in the target not long after the near misses first win of the season, but praised the performance of his team, which had changed during the stage of Marcel Kittel on Arndt “I think it was a perfect leadout and I am very happy. Although we set out to get the win in this peloton I am also accommodate three fully satisfied “, Hamburg said, referring to the strong competition against which he is brilliant claimed.

also contributed to his helpers – especially frock-budgetary Anfahrer Tom Veelers – its part in how Arndt said:” We are very well run. We have just lost in the finals Veelers, but then he was suddenly there again and I thought, ‘How has he done it again just’ He then handed me well again. I had a little too early in the wind, even at 200 meters from the finish. But Kristoff was next to me and I could not wait any longer, “he explained his decision early on to put his sprint.

Long before that it was clear that the stage winner of last Critérium du Dauphiné would get his chance on that day, because Kittel did not feel in the Constitution in order to be able to sprint for victory. “The first time we talked after 65, 70 kilometers above. At km 110 then the decision was made. It took me a moment there first and had to breathe. But we still had enough time to make a good plan, “Arndt said, and then enthused about the team spirit.

” That’s the beauty of our team that a leader like Marcel, the in my opinion, would win today or would have been at least third party, then says, ‘You try it. Just do your best and try to retract a result. ‘I’m proud that I return to the team for his work on the podium. I’m really in a good mood, “emphasized the Giant sprinter who is scheduled in the spring classics like Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix fixed as a helper of John Degenkolb and Katar- and starting next week, the Oman Tour also uses to prepare for these ordeals

In the classics Arndt wants his captain Degenkolb -. unlike last year – stand to the finals in. But he has been preparing itself in winter and from that he benefited in Qatar, where he gets his chances early. “There is also the fact that I have shown in training camp good shape,” he said.

Should coat on the last two days of the Tour of Qatar, however, feel better, is for Arndt, of course, that he withdraws again in the second row. “I think we will again approach for Marcel,” he announced. This should be especially true in the final stage on Friday, which will take place on a circuit in Doha. Tomorrow, however, it should again a hectic race with many wind attacks edges give – and there could again beat Arndt hour


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