|Full name Karsten Kroon|
Height 1.80 m
Current team Retired
2006–2009 Team CSC
Weight 67 kg
Name Karsten Kroon
Spouse Anne Lefevre
Rider type Classics rider
|Born 29 January 1976 (age 39)
Dalen, the Netherlands (1976-01-29) |
Olympic medals Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race
Similar People Nicki Sorensen, Erik Dekker, Alexandr Kolobnev, Sergio Paulinho, Frank Schleck
Amstel gold race 2009 sergej ivanov vs karsten kroon
Karsten Kroon (born 29 January 1976) is a Dutch former professional road bicycle racer who most recently rode for Tinkoff, a UCI ProTeam. He retired at the end of the 2014 season.
- Amstel gold race 2009 sergej ivanov vs karsten kroon
- E3 karsten kroon at the start line
E3 karsten kroon at the start line
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. Kroon led the mountain jersey competition in each of the three Grand Tours, though his lead did not last to the end.
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". 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. 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, but returned to Team Saxo Bank for the 2012 season.