Andreas Kron sprints to stage 1 victory from breakaway at Volta a Catalunya

Andreas Kron (Lotto Soudal) outsprinted Luis León Sánchez (Astana-Premier Tech) and Remy Rochas (Cofidis) from a late four man breakaway

Andreas Kron sprints to stage 1 victory from breakaway at Volta a Catalunya

In a region of Spain known for its beautiful terrain, it was fitting that the first day of the Volta a Catalunya took in some mountains. Three categorised climbs dominated the 178.4km parcours, with a first category climb ready to test the riders.

Starting and finishing in the coastal town of Calella, the riders wasted no time in trying to make their mark on this 100th edition of the race, with several attempts to break away failing before a quartet managed to distance themselves from the peloton. While they managed to build an advantage of 4:20, the average speed of 44km/h in the bunch made it hard to stay out, with Movistar’s tactics being to up the pace to reel them in, a move that caused the sprinters to fall off the back, before making the catch with 50km to go.

Here, the race’s attention turned to the finale, with for riders; Ide Schelling, Wilco Kelderman, Lennard Kämna and Ben Zwiehoff instrumental in keeping the pace fast and hard. A group of fifteen split off the front, before the smaller group of four went ahead, clearly with their sights set on the stage win.

With 20km to go, the for man breakaway group had 35 seconds over the peloton, making the most of the fast downhill stretches and by the time the stage reached its final 10km, the group was holding its lead and, rather than reducing it, the peloton seemed content to let this quartet go for the victory.

Making it to the finish, 4 four man breakaway went for the sprint with Andreas Kron (Lotto Soudal) outsprinting Luis León Sánchez (Astana-Premier Tech) second, Remy Rochas (Cofidis) third and Andreas Kron (Lotto Soudal) fourth.

VIDEO: 2021 Volta a Catalunya Stage 1 Highlights

2021 Volta a Catalunya Stage 1 Top 10

1 Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal 4:20:15
2 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana-Premier Tec
3 Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis
4 Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
5 Dion Smith (NZl) Team BikeExchange 0:00:16
6 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
7 Ide Schelling (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe
8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
9 Alexander Kamp (Den) Trek-Segafredo
10 Michael Valgren (Den) EF Education-Nippo

 
Tag: catalunya
 
Mar 28 2021 - NEWS: Adam Yates wins the Volta a Catalunya as de Gendt wins final stage
Jul 30 2020 - NEWS: Volta Catalunya LIVE Daily Coverage
Mar 27 2021 - NEWS: Peter Sagan on top with sensational sprint victory on Volta a Catalunya stage 6
Mar 26 2021 - NEWS: Lennard Kämna goes solo for sensational victory on Volta a Catalunya stage 5
Mar 25 2021 - NEWS: Chaves takes Catalonia 4th stage as Adam Yates retains race lead
Mar 24 2021 - NEWS: Yates climbs to victory and takes lead in Catalonia
Mar 23 2021 - NEWS: Almeida Takes Volta Catalunya lead as Dennis takes Time Trial Victory
Mar 22 2021 - NEWS: Andreas Kron sprints to stage 1 victory from the breakaway
Mar 25 2018 - NEWS: Valverde seals hat-trick of GC wins in Catalunya
Mar 24 2018 - NEWS: Maximilian Schachmann wins stage 6 as Valverde retains lead on the penultimate stage
Mar 24 2018 - NEWS: Trek's Jarlinson Pantano solo's to stage five win in Catalunya
Mar 22 2018 - NEWS: Valverde crowns Movistar's one-team show atop La Molina
Mar 22 2018 - NEWS: Thomas De Gendt solo'd to victory on the third stage of the Volta a Catalunya
Mar 20 2018 - NEWS: Valverde wins stage two in Catalunya and takes race lead
Mar 26 2017 - NEWS: VIDEO: Valverde rounds off second Catalunya GC success with third stage win
Jul 31 2020 - EVENT: Catalunya Trail 2020