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Volta a Catalunya 2021 stage 1

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Hello and welcome to the opening stage of the 2021 Volta a Catalunya.

We kick off right away with a day in the hills, including a first category climb, the Port de Santa Fe de Montseny.

The riders have signed in in Banyoles and are about to kick off stage 1.

The 100th edition of the Volta a Catalunya is officially underway!

The peloton has only covered a couple of kilometres so far, with no moves getting away just yet.

There's 178km of racing coming up today, though the opening 100km isn't the toughest challenge. The first climb of the day, the second-category Port de les Guilleries comes after 103km, followed quickly by the first-category Port de Santa Fe de Montseny, while the third-category Port de Collsacreu comes 17km from the finish.

2019 Giro d'Italia champion Richard Carapaz kicks off his 2021 season today. We last saw him take second overall at the Vuelta a España.

The riders are currently heading along the coast to the first intermediate sprint of the day at Tossa de Mar which comes after 25km.

165km to go

Natnael Berhane (Cofidis) and Sylvain Moniquet (Lotto Soudal) are off the front at the moment.

Gotzon Martín (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Rein Taaramäe (Intermarche-Wanty Gobert) are chasing.

160km to go

154km to go

That's Taaramäe, Berhane, Moniquet and Gotzon Martín out front.

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 Berhane led the break over the interemediate sprint. They're further up the road now, and this looks like the break of the day.

140km to go

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Deceuninck-QuickStep's Pieter Serry abandoned the race after that crash early on.

A 44.5kph average speed for the first hour.

130km to go

Berhane led the way across that sprint, too. The gap to the peloton is 4:15 at the moment.

Here's a look at the leader's jerseys at the race. Green for the overall, red for mountains, blue for points and orange for young riders.

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110km to go

The break's advantage is down to 3:40 now, however.

A look at the day's break, with Moniquet leading the way.

An update from our man on the ground in Catalunya, Al Fotheringham. Today's finish isn't the usual slight uphill drag in Calella. Instead it's been moved out of the town to discourage the public from turning up. It's a similarly wide road to finish but it's a flat one rather than uphill.

90km to go

Bora-Hansgrohe are currently leading the peloton which is not really surprising given the sprinting talen on board. Arkea-Samsic follow close behind.

3:45 for the break as they move closer to the 'sprint edicio 100'.

Berhane takes the sprint there, too. Three bonus seconds and a €100 prize for him.

So Berhane should have the special jersey but we're unsure if it's actually allowed in the race per UCI regulations. There's also a jersey for the top Catalan rider.

70km to go

Riders tailed off the rear of the peloton here as they head towards the second classified-climb of the day.

Movistar are pushing it at the front. 1:50 to the break now.

Richie Porte is off the back, too. He stopped to get a wheel change.

64km to go

The riders are currently on the 12.2km, 4 per cent Port de Santa Fe del Montseny.

Sagan drops from the peloton now.

39.7kph is the average speed after three hours of racing.

59km to go

Chris Froome, aiming for a Tour de France win in four months' time, is towards the rear of the peloton with 4km to go of this climb.

Moniquet fights on from the breake. Just 30 seconds up on the Movistar-led peloton.

56km to go

Moniquet reaches the top of the climb alone, grabbing the points over the top. Five points for him to go with one earlier on, so the KOM jersey for the neo-pro.

And it's over for him now. Movistar plough on at the front. No breakaway remaining.

50km to go

Froome is detached on the small rise.

44km to go

The riders are descending through a heavily wooded area so we're not seeing too much else apart from Movistar leading the way on the front.

Movistar still controlling, now with four on the front. Ineos just behind.

30km to go

Now, on the flatter roads, some riders try some attacks and changes of pace.

26km to go

A group of around 15 actually has got a small gap now. Geraint Thomas, Giulio Ciccone and Matej Mohoric are among them. It is a very small gap, though.

23km to go

More riders are scattered around in a few moves but the peloton is still close behind.

Esteban Chaves among a few riders making a move.

20km to go

Movistar caugh the break with 50km to go, led the way down the descent. and now have no control and nobody out front. Tactics.

18km to go

The men up front are closing in on the day's final climb, a third-cat test. They're working well together so far.

A variety of teams on the front of the peloton, including BikeExchange, Trek-Segafredo, Movistar...

Sánchez leads Rochas and Kämna over the top of the hill. Chaves leads the peloton.

Ciccone made a push over the top. The gap is 30 seconds.

The attackers sweep down the descent. It is largely downhill to the end, though it's gradual rather than a super fast, aero-tuck descent.

Chaves continues to push in the chase. He has a small gap on the peloton.

12km to go

Back up to 30 seconds as they wind their way down though a small town.

10km to go

BikeExchange have another rider on the front of the peloton after Chaves dropped away. Nobody else is doing any turns.

8km to go

6km to go

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3.5km to go

3km to go

Kämna makes a push at the front. His three breakmates follow.

1.5km to go

1km to go

Kämna leads it out ahead of Sánchez.

Sánchez and Kron go next and edge past.

It's Kron! The Lotto Soudal rider just beats Sánchez for the win.

The peloton crossed the line at around 15-16 seconds. Kämna was fourth so no bonus seconds for him.

That's the KOM jersey, leader's jersey and the stage win for the Belgian team.

Dion Smith led the peloton home for fifth, 16 seconds down.

Here's what Kron had to say after the finish...

Click here to check out our report on stage 1.

More to come from Catalunya later on, including news from Marc Hirschi and Hugh Carthy.

That's all from us today. Be sure to check back for the full report, news from the race, plus live coverage of tomorrow's stage 2 time trial.

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