The Katusha rider is competing on home roads this week as he prepares to tackle the road world championships in Doha next month.
Team Katusha hasn't had the best start to the Tour. Van den Broeck is out, Rodriguez has lost time, and Kristoff hasn't been sprinting well.
De Ronde van Vlaanderen's top favorites give their takes on Sunday's big race
Alexander Kristoff is the defending Flanders champ, and he'll vie for another title aboard a Canyon Aeroad CF SLX.
Lieuwe Westra snatches the GC title from Alexander Kristoff with a strong showing in Driedaagse De Panne's final time trial.
The German takes stage 3a in a reduced-field sprint after a late crash takes out most of the riders in the peloton.
Alexander Kristoff is encouraged by stage 1 win at De Panne but says his form isn't quite as good as last year when he won Tour of Flanders.
Facing two Astana riders in the Driedaagse De Panne finale, Alexander Kristoff keeps his cool and delivers a blistering sprint to win stage
Illness forces pre-race favorite Alexander Kristoff to miss Gent-Wevelgem
Will Sunday's cobbled race end with a mad dash to the line thanks to a long run into Wevelgem, or will an opportunist take over?