The 25th victory of the UAE Team Emirates season arrived on stage 2 of the Deutschland Tour courtesy of Alexander Kristoff. The Norwegian rider, claiming his first success in 2021, won in the uphill finish over 180.6 km by out-sprinting Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Victorious) and Pascal Ackermann ( Bora-hansgrohe).
Kristoff faced favourable conditions with cold and rain that suited his characteristics on the final straight of 300 meters on a slight ascent. The Norwegian teamed up with his compatriot Sven Erik Bystrøm for the launch of the sprint, passing Bauhaus at the last moment. Bystrøm crossed the line in 5th position.