Wesley Kreder earns pro contract with Vendée win

Hivert and Hinault round out top three

It’s pretty unusual when a stagiaire wins a race for a WorldTour team. Wesley Kreder did it for Vacansoleil-DCM at the Tour de Vendée at the age of 21 and subsequently got the call for turning pro with the Dutch team.

He outclassed Thomas Voeckler on the Frenchman’s home soil and claimed a brilliant solo victory built in the last five kilometers after going clear with the King of the Mountains of the Tour de France.

“I came here as a stagiaire [trainee]”, he said.

“Normally it was for Marco Marcato to win today.”

But defending champion of the Tour de Vendée was a marked man after winning Paris-Tours one week ago but he also had a mechanical.

“We have controlled the rhythm of the bunch when Wesley went solo”, Marcato told Cyclingnews.

“I had a mechanical problem with my brakes when Voeckler attacked. I got scared that I wouldn’t make it back to the group but I did. I’m quite happy with the outcome because it’s been a great team work.”

The Tour de Vendée was shortened to 172 kilometres due to floods following an extremely rainy night. A leading trio formed when Julien Antomarchi (Team Type 1), Thomas Vaubourzeix (La Pomme-Marseille) and Julien Duval (Véranda Rideau) attacked.

They were caught by a very reduced peloton at km 129 after which Kreder was already in a counter-attacking group with the likes of Anthony Charteau (Europcar), Laurent Pichon (Bretagne-Schuller), Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) and Marcato.

Once they reached the finishing circuit of La Roche-sur-Yon, another leading group took over with Voeckler, Kreder, Pichon and Jonathan Hivert (Saur-Sojasun) but the lack of cooperation from the latter put an end to their initiative.

However, Kreder took his chance before getting caught and that was the right thing to do.

“Only in the last kilometer, I got the feeling that I could win this race”, Kreder told Cyclingnews.

“But the last half kilometer was very, very long! Once, I looked behind me to see where the chasers were. It’s an enormous joy to win.” A few minutes after his victory, the former rider from Rabobank Continental team got a phone call from team manager Daan Luijckx who announced to him that he earned his neo-pro contract for the next two years with Vacansoleil-DCM. Then it was up to his cousin Michel to ring to congratulate him. “I’ve always looked at my cousins Michel and Raymond who ride for Garmin-Sharp”, he said. “I’m delighted to ride in the pro peloton with them next year.”

Vacansoleil-DCM directeur sportif Bob De Cnodder was fully aware of Kreder’s abilities as he already had him in his junior team of Vorselaar-DCM. “Wesley’s development has always been steady”, he told Cyclingnews.

“He’s very strong but he also has the proper behavior to perform on a bike. His cousins are faster finishers than him but generally speaking, he’s stronger than them. He’s got a good future.”

The Dutch team won the Tour de Vendée for the second time consecutively with an unexpected rider. Frenchmen got beaten at home for the tenth consecutive time since Franck Bouyer won this race for Bonjour in 2002. It was the final of the French cup but there was no suspense as Dumoulin had already secured the individual victory and Bretagne-Schuller the team’s ranking.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team4:13:08 
2Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:02 
3Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
4Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
5Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
6Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
7Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
8Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
9Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
10Said Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar  
11Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
12Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
13Arnaud Gérard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
14Julien Bérard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
15Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar  
16Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
17Lazlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
18Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
19Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
20Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:13 
21Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:21 
22Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:00:31 
23Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:33 
24Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:53 
25Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:08 
26Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
27Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
28Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
29Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
30Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
31Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
32Loic Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:01:18 
33Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:21 
34Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:26 
35Adrián Sáez De Arregi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:52 
36Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet0:01:57 
37Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
38David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
39Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
40Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
41Peeters Kevin (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
42Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
43Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93  
44David Le Lay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
45Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93  
46Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
47Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
48Jasper Hamelink (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
49Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
50Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
51Maxime Mederel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
52Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
53Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
54Romain Bacon (Fra) Auber 93  
55Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 93  
56Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93  
57Mathieu Teychenne (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
58Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
59Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:14 
60Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:26 
61Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:04:45 
62Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:31 
63Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
64Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
65Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
66Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
67Maxime Le Montagner (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
68Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
69Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U0:10:30 
DNFStijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJacek Morajko (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMartin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
DNFPablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFMikel Astarloza Charreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFJimmy Raibaud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAndrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
DNFThomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
DNFStefano Borchi (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
DNFElia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
DNFCristiano Monguzzi (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
DNFUmberto Nardecchia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
DNFDavide Ricci Bitti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFAlexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFSébastien Bergeret (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFSandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFMickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFArnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFArnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFJulien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFDamien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFJean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFPaul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFSébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFFlorian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFJoeri Bueken (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFSébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFGilles Devillers (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFEgidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFReiner Honig (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFTim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFSander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFGaylord Cumont (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFKévin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFGuillaume Malle (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFFranck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFFabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFGuillaume Faucon (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFAnthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFPierre Drancourt (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFDenis Flahaut (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFJulien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFRudy Kowalksi (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFKevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFBoris Zimine (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFYohan Cauquil (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
DNFClément Koretzky (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
DNFYannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
DNFEvaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) La Pomme Marseille  
Trophy Yves Cougnaud - La Verrie, 32.2km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi4 pts
2Rudy Kowalksi (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole2 
3Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U1 
Trophy Yves Cougnaud - St Hilaire de Mortagne, 42.4km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi4 pts
2Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U2 
3Rudy Kowalksi (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole1 
Trophy Yves Cougnaud - Cote Du Fosse, 62.6km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi4 pts
2Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U2 
3Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille1 
Trophy Yves Cougnaud - Saint Miche Mont Mercure, 79.3km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi4 pts
2Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U2 
3Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille1 
Trophy Yves Cougnaud - Pouzauges, 88.8km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi4 pts
2Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille2 
3Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U1 
Trophy Yves Cougnaud - Reaumur, 100.1km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi4 pts
2Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille2 
3Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U1 
Trophy Yves Cougnaud - Cote du Moulin des Bois, 159.3km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar4 pts
2Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U2 
3Adrián Sáez De Arregi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
Trophy Yves Cougnaud Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi24 pts
2Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U11 
3Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille6 
4Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar4 
5Adrián Sáez De Arregi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
Most combative rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
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