Karsten Kroon Retires After Impressive Career

A household name in cycling takes a bow and retires definitively from his active career. Karsten Kroon has had a career covering three decades. He turned pro in 1997 and has spent seven seasons with Tinkoff-Saxo. Kroon rode his last race in Sunday’s Japan Cup and after returning home, he confirms that it was the right decision. “I feel fortunate. I have had a great career with many … [Read more...]

Sorensen and Kroon Staying With Team Tinkoff-Saxo

Dane Nicki Sørensen and Dutchman Karsten Kroon will stay with Tinkoff-Saxo. The two highly experienced riders have both agreed to contracts for 2014 effectively continuing their spells with the team. General Manager Bjarne Riis is delighted by the agreements as he sees the two veterans as vital pieces of the team's backbone. "The value of riders like Nicki and Karsten can hardly be … [Read more...]

Karsten Kroon Looking Forward To Getting Back In The Peloton

On February 5th, Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Karsten Kroon crashed during Tour of Qatar. He had surgery on his leg and the operation was successful even though it was highly complicated. They stitched his leg in four layers. It's been almost a month since the crash and here's a personal update from Karsten: “I have to say that I'm very happy about the progress I'm making. 14 days after surgery I … [Read more...]

Japan’s Miyazawa Signs With Team Saxo Bank

PARIS, Oct 21, 2011 (AFP) - Saxo Bank have signed Japanese veteran Takashi Miyazawa on a one-year deal, team manager and owner Bjarne Riis announced Friday. "In my opinion Takashi is a rider that has proven to be worthy of a chance to become part of a World Tour team," Riis said in a team statement. "He has a very professional approach to his sport, he is always willing … [Read more...]

Vuelta, Stage 14: Kroon Crashes Out

BMC Racing Team's Karsten Kroon overshot a turn on a high speed descent Saturday and crashed into a heavily wooded area 30 meters below, breaking his left forearm and ending his Vuelta a España. Crash Unseen Kroon had been riding in an 18-man breakaway when the mishap happened just after the group crested the summit of the Puerto de la Ventana, 111 kilometers into the 175.8 km race. BMC … [Read more...]

BMC Racing Team Injury Updates: Bookwalter, Kroon

BMC Racing Team riders Brent Bookwalter and Karsten Kroon are progressing well in their recoveries from broken collarbones sustained on successive weekends at the Volta a Catalunya and Tour of Flanders, respectively. No Surgery For Kroon After seeing a shoulder specialist Tuesday, it was decided Kroon will not undergo surgery on his left collarbone, broken in a crash with another rider Sunday … [Read more...]

Team BMC Winning Moments of the 2010 Season – Flèche Wallonne

You have to look closely for Cadel Evans when watching a replay of the final kilometers of Flèche Wallonne. The BMC Racing Team rider, resplendent in the rainbow stripes of the world champion, doesn't hit the front until the last 100 meters of his victory in the northern classic. Reconnaissance Was Important Flèche Wallonne ends with the 1.3-kilometer long fabled climb of the Mur de Huy, … [Read more...]

BMC Racing Team’s Kroon Recovering Well

Karsten Kroon of the BMC Racing Team is on his way to recovery following successful surgery Monday to repair facial injuries he sustained in a crash last week at Fléche Wallonne. Not Too Much Pain The 90-minute surgery involved first breaking Kroon’s nose, before a pair of titanium plates were inserted into the right side of his face. Kroon said the pain is bearable and the Dutchman looks … [Read more...]

Karsten Kroon Surgery Scheduled For Monday

Karsten Kroon will undergo surgery Monday morning to repair facial injuries the BMC Racing Team rider sustained during a crash Wednesday at Fléche Wallonne. Cheekbone And Nose Displaced Kroon fractured his nose and cheekbone – as well as a bone beneath his right eye – when he was involved in a high-speed pile-up with 70 kilometers to go in the race. The 90-minute operation will take place … [Read more...]

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles For Travel-Weary Cyclists

Missing out on riding a major bike race with 257.3 kilometers and 31 climbs on the menu would probably be welcomed by most people. But not Europe's cycling elite, who on Friday and Saturday employed every method possible to defy the travel chaos besieging the continent and threatening their participation in Sunday's Amstel Gold Race one-day classic. Some, like Britain's Bradley Wiggins … [Read more...]