Kreder surprises Bennati to win stage two

Dutchman takes tenth win of the season for Garmin-Cervelo

Michel Kreder took his first professional win at the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe in Angers, out sprinting race leader Daniele Bennati after his teammate Danilo Viganò opened the sprint with 800 metres to go.

Garmin-Cervélo and Leopard-Trek combined their efforts to catch the break that had formed after only two kilometres by Kevin Reza (Europcar), Arnaud Gérard (FDJ), Cyril Bessy (Saur-Sojasun) and Matthieu Sprick (Skil-Shimano). The move had maximum advantage of 2.50 but was caught inside the final five kilometres.

With a head wind blowing from the Maine River from the right, the sprinters were expected to appear on the left side of the road. But it was a different story as everyone was affected by Vigano’s lead out.

“He looked back and realized that Bennati wasn’t on his wheel but saw Samuel Dumoulin and myself”, third-placed Anthony Ravard told Cyclingnews. “He sat up and that made me open the sprint from very far out.”

“This was too far away for me as well”, echoed Bennati “It’s a pity. The finish was a little bit downhill and the stage was short, only 100km, that wasn’t favourable for me. There was a head wind but the reason why I lost is because the sprint was too long.”

Protected from the wind by the barricades and the numerous spectators, Kreder surprisingly passed Bennati on his right hand side.

“I can sprint but I didn’t expect to get my first pro win in a bunch sprint finish,” the Dutchman told Cyclingnews.

“It was so technical at the end that everyone lost the wheel they wanted to follow. I’m very happy. I crashed yesterday because of a bag in the feed zone and I felt very bad this morning. We rode behind the breakaway this morning because we didn’t want our GC riders (David Millar and David Zabriskie) to not lose time before the time trial this afternoon, then I took my chance in the sprint.”

Kreder took Garmin-Cervélo’s tenth win of the 2011 season despite a so-far poor showing in the major classics.

“My ultimate goal in cycling is to win an Ardennes classic”, Kreder said. “I grew up admiring Paolo Bettini and I’d like to be a rider like him. I hope it’ll happen a little later. I also hope my younger brother Raymond to join us soon in the pro peloton; he’s a better sprinter than me.”

The afternoon stage three time trial at the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe is a 6.8km individual time trial with a finishing line facing the medieval castle of Angers, the town where Tom Boonen collected his first stage win at the Tour de France back in 2004.
 

Full results
1Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo2:25:19 
2Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek  
3Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
4Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
5Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
6Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ  
7Juan Pablo Forero (Col) Colombia es Pasion - Cafe de Colombia  
8Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
9Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
10Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
11Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
12Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
13Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
14Mates Gnezda (slo) Adria Mobil  
15Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
16Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil  
17Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
18Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
19Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
20Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
21Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
22Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
23Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
24Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
25Marco Haller (Aut) Adria Mobil  
26Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
27Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
28Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
29Rein Taramei (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
30Luis Felipe Laverde (Col) Colombia es Pasion - Cafe de Colombia  
31Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil  
32Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
33François Parisien (Fra) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
34Thoi Rohrreger (Aut) Leopard Trek  
35David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
36Juan Pablo Villegas (Col) Colombia es Pasion - Cafe de Colombia  
37Thomas Degand (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
38Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
39Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
40Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
41Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
42Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
43Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
44Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
45Biel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
47David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
48Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
49Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
50Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
51Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
52Jacobus Venter (RSA) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
53Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil  
54Aleksandr Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
55Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
56Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
57Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek  
58Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ  
59Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
60Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
61Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
62Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
63Jonathan McCarthy (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
64Romain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
65Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
66Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
67Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
68Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
69Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
70Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
71Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil  
72Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
73Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
74Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
75Hugo Sebastian Salazar (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
76Sébastien Joly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
77Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ  
78Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
79Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
80Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
81Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
82Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
83Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
84Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
85Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
86Luca Solari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
87Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
88Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
89Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek  
90Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
91Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
92Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar  
93Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek0:04:04 
94Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
95Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
96William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek0:07:25 
General classification after stage 2
1Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek7:16:05 
2Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:04 
3Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
4Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:00:06 
5Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
6Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:07 
7Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
8Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:00:09 
9Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil  
10Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:10 
11Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
12Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
13Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
14Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
15Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil  
16Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
17Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
18Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
19Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
20Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
21Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
22Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
23Marco Haller (Aut) Adria Mobil  
24Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
25Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
26Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
27Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
28Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
29Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
30Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
31Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
32Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
33Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
34Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
35Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
36Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
37Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek  
38Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
39Francois Parisien (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
40Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil  
41David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
42Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
43Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
44Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
45Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil  
46Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
47Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
48Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
49Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
50Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil  
51Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
52Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek  
53Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
54Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
55Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
56Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
57Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
58Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
59Thomas Degand (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
60Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
61Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
62Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
63David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
64Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
65Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
66Romain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
67Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
68Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
69Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
70Salazar Hugo Sebastian (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
71Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
72Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
73Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
74Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
75Jacobus Venter (RSA) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
76Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ  
77Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
78Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
79Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
80Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
81Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
82Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
83Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
84Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
85Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
86Luca Solari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
87Sébastien Joly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
88Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ  
89Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
90Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
91Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
92Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
93Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek0:01:28 
94Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:10 
95Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek0:04:14 
96William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek0:08:53 
Points classification
1Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek45pts
2Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ26 
3Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo25 
4Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale25 
5Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia23 
6Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C1022 
7Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne20 
8Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller14 
9Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun12 
10Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 9312 
11Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis12 
12Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent11 
13Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano10 
14Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil9 
15Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli8 
16Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar7 
17Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis7 
18Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia6 
19Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil6 
20Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 935 
21Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano4 
22Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ1 
23Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano1 
Mountains classification
1Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano14pts
2Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar8 
3Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli8 
4Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 936 
5Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 
6Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano4 
7David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo4 
8Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ4 
9Salazar Hugo Sebastian (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia3 
10Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek2 
11Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia2 
12Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1 
13Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
14Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis1 
Young rider classification
1Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ7:16:11 
2Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
3Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:03 
4Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:04 
5Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
6Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
7Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
8Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
9Marco Haller (Aut) Adria Mobil  
10Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
11Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
12Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
13Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
14Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
15Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
16Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil  
17Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
18Romain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
19Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
20Salazar Hugo Sebastian (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
21Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
22Jacobus Venter (RSA) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
23Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
24Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
25Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
26Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
27Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
Teams classification
1AG2R La Mondiale21:48:45 
2Adria Mobil  
3FDJ  
4Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
5Skil - Shimano  
6Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
7Bretagne - Schuller  
8Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
9Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
10Team Garmin-Cervelo  
11Veranda's Willems - Accent  
12Androni Giocattoli  
13Leoparad Trek  
14Big Mat - Auber 93  
15Saur - Sojasun  
16Team Europcar  

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