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Garmin signs young Dutch talent Kreder

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
June 24, 2009, 23:02 BST,
Updated:
June 24, 2009, 22:51 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, June 25, 2009
Race:
Circuito Montañes
Michel Kreder (Rabobank Continental) during the stage 6 time trial at the 2009 Tour de Bretagne Cycliste.

Michel Kreder (Rabobank Continental) during the stage 6 time trial at the 2009 Tour de Bretagne Cycliste.

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Joins brother on the American team

Michel Kreder will ride for Garmin-Slipstream for the next two years, he announced Wednesday. The 21-year-old currently is with the Rabobank Continental Team.

This year the young Dutchman has won stages in the Circuito Montanes and the Circuit de Lorraine, and he has a number of top 10 finishes. Kreder is a climber who can also sprint and he aims to do well not only in one-day races like Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Amstel Gold, but also in stage races with steep climbs.

Kreder cited the presence of compatriot Martijn Maaskant as one of his reasons for signing with the USA-based ProTour team. Maaskant also rode for the Rabobank Continental Team before signing with Garmin in 2008.

In addition, Kreder's 19-year-old younger brother, Raymond, rides for the Garmin U23 team.

Kreder's remaining goals this season are the U23 national championships this coming weekend, the Tour de l'Avenir and the U23 world championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

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