Karsten Kroon

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Karsten Kroon
Karsten Kroon TDF2012 (cropped).JPG
Kroon at the 2012 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Karsten Kroon
Born (1976-01-29) 29 January 1976 (age 38)
Dalen, the Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)
Team information
Current team Team Tinkoff-Saxo
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics rider
Professional team(s)
1997–2005
2006–2009
2010–2011
2012–
Rabobank
Team CSC
BMC Racing Team
Team Saxo Bank
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 individual stage (2002)

Single-day races and Classics

Rund um den Henninger Turm (2004, 2008)
Infobox last updated on
5 January 2014

Karsten Kroon (born 29 January 1976) is a Dutch professional road bicycle racer who currently rides for Team Tinkoff-Saxo, a UCI ProTeam.[1]

Career[edit]

Born in Dalen, Kroon showed his talent as an amateur by winning the professional Ronde van Drenthe in 1996. He joined the Rabobank youth squad in 1997 and won a number of amateur races in two years. In 1999, he moved to the senior squad. His few wins included stage 8, on Bastille Day, of the 2002 Tour de France. Kroon and his team-mate, Erik Dekker, finished in a seven-man group, and Kroon won a stage in his first Tour de France with the help of the more experienced Dekker.[2] Kroon led the mountain jersey competition in each of the three Grand Tours, though his lead did not last to the end.[3]

On 10 August 2005 he said that, until 2007, he was to ride for Saxo Bank. He wanted more freedom. "I've never said that I want to be leader," he told Cyclingnews.com, "I only want to get chances".[4] In March and April 2006, he was joint team captain in ProTour races. He finished in the top ten of Tirreno–Adriatico and the Tour of Flanders. He helped Fränk Schleck win the Amstel Gold Race by disrupting the chase when Schleck attacked; Kroon finished fourth.[5] Kroon finally finished on the podium, in La Flèche Wallonne, third in front of Schleck. He also came second in the 2009 Amstel Gold Race, just behind Serguei Ivanov.

In 2010, Kroon joined BMC Racing Team,[6] but returned to Team Saxo Bank for the 2012 season.[1]

Palmares[edit]

1996
1st Ronde van Drenthe
1997
1st Vlaamse Pijl
1st Stage 2 Circuit Franco-Belge
1998
1st Overall Ster der Beloften
1st Stage 2
Tour of Navarra
1st Stages 2 & 3
1st Stage 6 Circuit des Mines
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a León
1999
10th Clásica de Almería
2000
4th DAB Classic
7th Dwars door Gendringen
Held Jersey green.svg Mountain jersey for 13 days Giro d'Italia
2001
1st GP Kanton Aargau
3rd Sparkassen Giro Bochum
9th Brabantse Pijl
Held Jersey red.svg King of the Mountains jersey Vuelta a España
2002
1st Stage 8 Tour de France
2003
1st Stage 5 GP Tour du Poitou
2004
1st Rund um den Henninger Turm
2005
5th Brabantse Pijl
9th Omloop Het Volk
Held Jersey polkadot.svg King of the Mountains Jersey for Stage 6 Tour de France
2006
3-Länder-Tour
1st Stages 2 & 5
3rd La Flèche Wallonne
4th Amstel Gold Race
8th Tour of Flanders
2007
4th Tour of Flanders
2008
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Stage 5 Sachen Tour
1st Rund um den Henninger Turm
5th Giro di Lombardia
9th Amstel Gold Race
2009
2nd Amstel Gold Race
2nd Rund um den Henninger Turm
4th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
5th Brabantse Pijl
2010
9th Amstel Gold Race
2012
5th Overall Tour de l'Eurometropole

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kroon returns to Saxo Bank". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 7 October 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Kroon takes stage victory, BBC Sport, 14 July 2002
  3. ^ "Kroon tiende Nederlander in bolletjestrui" (in Dutch). Wielcentrum.com. 7 July 2005. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Kroon to CSC, CyclingNews.com, 10 August 2005
  5. ^ Mixed fortunes for Kroon and Boogerd, Pro Cycling, 17 April 2006
  6. ^ VeloNews.com (2009-09-01). "Hincapie confirms to BMC with Ballan, Kroon, Burghardt". VeloNews. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 

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