Andreas Kron won the opening stage of the Volta Catalunya on Monday, the young Dane surprising the field by claiming his first senior win ahead of a field which includes Chris Froome and Richard Carapaz. The 22-year-old was part of a small group of riders who broke away from the peloton with around 10 kilometers to go in the 178.5km stage at Calella and manage to pip his rivals in the final sprint across the line. Kron finished ahead of Bora Hansgrohe’s Lennard Kamna, Cofidis rider Remy Rochas and Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez to claim his breakthrough win as a professional on the first day of the race’s 100th edition.
The Lotto-Soudal rider is four seconds ahead of Sanchez and six in front of Rochas in the general classification.
His win comes after just half a season in the pro ranks, and his dazed reaction afterwards highlighted the surprise nature of the win.
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