After a season in which the 27-year-old has so far won 11 races, including Flanders, Scheldeprijs and Three-Days of De Panne-Koksijde, the deal is likely to run for another two years and include a fat pay rise.
“It is unbelievable how the team was going the last months. They all worked so hard for me,” said Kristoff. The teammates trust me and I trust them. For the first time I could work from a sprinter’s train.
“Our newly arrived riders all proved to be the right choices. I had a contract till the end of this year but my hope was to be able to stay with this winning team. It didn’t take us so long to reach a new agreement. I am very happy.”
After a torrid spring, Kristoff is now starting the second part of his season, focused around the Tour de France. His first race in that build-up will be Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt in Germany on 1 May.
“We’ve never had such a good spring as this one in 2015. It is the right moment to build further on the future of our team. Alexander Kristoff was the logical first rider to re-sign,” said Katusha general manager Viacheslav Ekimov.