Kron, right, beats Luis León in Calella.JOSEP LAGO / AF
P Andreas Kron, a Danish rookie in the major leagues, a 22-year-old newcomer, is the first leader of the 100-year-old Volta after winning At the Calella finish line, the old Luis León Sánchez, the representative of a whole generation that suffers, the most sacrificed to carry out a four-armed escape 23 kilometers from the arrival
Peter Sagan, who fell ill with covid in the Canary Islands in February and he has not yet recovered a minimum of form, he cannot hold the rhythm of the peloton on the first slopes of Montseny and he lets go. A few kilometers later, he is imitated by Chris Froome, who is not able to regain his vigor in Israel, nor the strength in his broken leg, almost two years after the accident that cut short his champion career. One generation, that of thirty-somethings in the peloton, disintegrates as soon as the first stage of the hundredth Volta begins.
El Movistar, insensitive, continues to pick up the pace. The best Spanish team missed their careers, the Volta is their territory, stolen the year of the pandemic. Valverde is strong, they show. With everything for him, who is 40 years old and does not want to be one of those who suffer. The honor of the old people wants to wear the Murcian, until 23 kilometers from the arrival the blue movistar color disappears from the head.
It is then, at the foot of the climb to Collsacreu, when another old Murcian, Luis León Sánchez, 37 years old and radiant in his white Spanish champion jersey , he takes on the responsibility of saving his generation. Calella, the goal, is down there, blue and sunny. And that's where Luis León throws himself, whose start is only accompanied by three other runners, three kids who have not turned 25: a Frenchman with the name of a colony, Rochas; Kämna, a German who was already illustrated with victory in the mountains of the last Tour, and Kros, the youngest of all with his jersey of the venerable Belgian Lotto, who disputes the first stage of his life in a WorldTour race to which he has just finished. rise from a second-rate Danish team
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And although it is Luis León, the hyperactive mule mule, who works the hardest to make an attempt succeed that never had more than 40s of advantage , and the one who achieves it despite the double effort of Adam Yates' Ineos and the Bike Exchange of his twin Simon, for the first time in his life team rivals in the same race, is not exactly the most alive on the last straight, Well, he is locked up when Kron starts determined and cannot come back. The honor of the old is once again this virgin season. And not even Valverde, who fights him, wins the sprint for fifth place. Surpassed by three others who have not yet turned 30, Smith, Mohoric and Schelling, he finishes eighth.
Kron, and his profile more of a Belgian classic than of stage races with time trials and mountain, such as the Volta, will start in the time trial of the Tuesday at Lake Banyoles (18.5 kilometers) with a 4s advantage, thanks to the bonus, over Luis León, a specialist in the matter, and 26s over the favorites of the peloton, Marc Soler, Joao Almeida, Geraint Thomas …
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