Cycling champion Chris Froome had a difficult start at the Volta a Catalunya in Spain when he finished the first stage more than eight minutes behind the leader.
The four-time Tour de France winner crossed the finish line at the end of the 178.5 km long drive that started and ended in Calella in 97th place.
The driver of the Israel Start Up Nation came in eight minutes and 40 seconds after the Danish stage winner Andreas Kron from Lotto-Soudal.
A large number of Australian riders, including Richie Port (53rd), Chris Hamilton (44th), Callum Scotson (26th), Jai Hindley (25th) and others, finished the peloton 26 seconds behind Kron.Froome, hoping to get in shape before this year’s tour, lost touch with the Port de Santa Fe del Montseny climb, a Category 1 climb. Peter Sagan (113th) also followed with Froome.
Kron secured won the sprint and ousted Luis Leon Sanchez, Remy Rochas and Lennard Kamna.
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