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.[1] He retired at the end of the 2014 season.[2]

Karsten Kroon
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Kroon at the 2012 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameKarsten Kroon
Born (1976-01-29) 29 January 1976 (age 44)
Dalen, the Netherlands
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeClassics rider
Professional teams
2006–2009Team CSC
2010–2011BMC Racing Team
2012–2014Team 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)


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 teammate, 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.[3] Kroon led the mountains classification in each of the three Grand Tours, though his lead did not last to the end.[4]

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".[5] 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.[6] 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,[7] but returned to Team Saxo Bank for the 2012 season.[1]


On 24 April 2018, it was reported that Kroon had confessed to doping for "a short period during my career". He added: "I was a professional cyclist in a very difficult time and I have a lot of respect for my colleagues who resisted the temptation to use doping."[8]

Major resultsEdit

1st Ronde van Drenthe
1st Vlaamse Pijl
1st Stage 2 Circuit Franco-Belge
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
10th Clásica de Almería
4th DAB Classic
7th Dwars door Gendringen
Held   Mountain jersey for 13 days Giro d'Italia
1st GP Kanton Aargau
3rd Sparkassen Giro Bochum
9th Brabantse Pijl
Held   King of the Mountains jersey Vuelta a España
1st Stage 8 Tour de France
1st Stage 5 GP Tour du Poitou
1st Rund um den Henninger Turm
5th Brabantse Pijl
9th Omloop Het Volk
Held   King of the Mountains Jersey for Stage 6 Tour de France
1st Stages 2 & 5
3rd La Flèche Wallonne
4th Amstel Gold Race
8th Tour of Flanders
4th Tour of Flanders
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
2nd Amstel Gold Race
2nd Rund um den Henninger Turm
4th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
5th Brabantse Pijl
1st RaboRonde Heerlen
9th Amstel Gold Race
5th Overall Tour de l'Eurometropole

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Kroon returns to Saxo Bank". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/nuyens-set-to-announce-retirement
  3. ^ Kroon takes stage victory, BBC Sport, 14 July 2002
  4. ^ "Kroon tiende Nederlander in bolletjestrui" (in Dutch). Wielcentrum.com. 7 July 2005. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  5. ^ Kroon to CSC, CyclingNews.com, 10 August 2005
  6. ^ Mixed fortunes for Kroon and Boogerd, Pro Cycling, 17 April 2006
  7. ^ VeloNews.com (2009-09-01). "Hincapie confirms to BMC with Ballan, Kroon, Burghardt". VeloNews. Archived from the original on 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  8. ^ "Kroon confesses to doping after Dutch newspaper exposure". cyclingnews.com. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018.

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