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 beating old Luis León Sánchez, the representative of an entire generation who suffers, the most sacrificed to carry out a flight of four armed 23 kilometers from the arrival.
Peter Sagan, who fell ill with covid in the Canary Islands in February and has not yet recovered a minimum of form, cannot hold the pace of the peloton on the first slopes of Montseny and 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, the thirty-somethings of the peloton, disintegrated as soon as the first stage of the hundredth Volta began.
The Movistar, insensitive, continues to increase 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 color blue movistar disappears from the head.
It is then, at the foot of the climb to Collsacreu, when another old man from Murcia, Luis León Sánchez, 37 years old and radiant in his jersey White champion of Spain, he assumes 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 from the venerable Belgian Lotto, who plays the first stage of his life in a WorldTour race to which he has just been promoted from a second-rate Danish team.
And although it is Luis León, the hyperactive mule of Mule, who works the most to make an attempt that never had more than 40s of advantage succeed, and the one who succeeds despite the double effort of Adam Yates’s Ineos and the Bike Exchange of his twin Simon, for the first time in his life team rivals in the same race, he is not exactly the most alive on the last straight, because he is locked in 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. Overtaken by three others who are not yet 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 mountains, such as the Volta, will start on Tuesday’s time trial at Lake Banyoles (18.5 kilometers) with a 4s advantage, thanks to the bonus, on Luis León, a specialist in the matter, and 26s on the favorites of the peloton, Marc Soler, Joao Almeida, Geraint Thomas …