Alexander Kristoff sprints to victory in European Road Race Championship
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 06/08/17 5:01pm
Alexander Kristoff is the new European Road Race champion after edging out Team Sky's Elia Viviani in a thrilling finish in Denmark.
Kristoff and Viviani were shoulder to shoulder in a sprint in the town of Herning, but it was the Norwegian who got the nod at the end of the 241.2km race.
Viviani complained that he had been squeezed into the barriers by Kristoff, who also won last weekend's RideLondon Classic in a bunch sprint.
But race officials allowed the result to stand after viewing replays and Kristoff will wear the European champion's jersey for the next 12 months.
Moreno Hofland of the Netherlands took third place in the race contested by national teams rather than WorldTour squads.
European Road Race Championship result:
1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) 5hr 41min 10sec
2 Elia Viviani (Ita) all same time
3 Moreno Hofland (Ned)
4 Pascal Ackermann (Ger)
5 Luka Mezgec (Slo)