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Wesley Kreder earns pro contract with Vendée win

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Jean-François Quénet

Hivert and Hinault round out top three

Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team) wins the Tour de Vende

Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team) wins the Tour de Vende

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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) Team Result
1 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team 4:13:08  
2 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:02  
3 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
4 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
5 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
6 Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
7 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
8 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team    
9 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
10 Said Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar    
11 Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
12 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team    
13 Arnaud Gérard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
14 Julien Bérard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
15 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar    
16 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
17 Lazlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
18 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
19 Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
20 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:13  
21 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:21  
22 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 0:00:31  
23 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:33  
24 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:53  
25 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:01:08  
26 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
27 Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
28 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
29 Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
30 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
31 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
32 Loic Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:01:18  
33 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:01:21  
34 Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia 0:01:26  
35 Adrián Sáez De Arregi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:52  
36 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet 0:01:57  
37 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
38 David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
39 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
40 Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
41 Peeters Kevin (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
42 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
43 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93    
44 David Le Lay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
45 Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93    
46 Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
47 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
48 Jasper Hamelink (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team    
49 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
50 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
51 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
52 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
53 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
54 Romain Bacon (Fra) Auber 93    
55 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 93    
56 Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93    
57 Mathieu Teychenne (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
58 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
59 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar 0:02:14  
60 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:26  
61 Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 0:04:45  
62 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:31  
63 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
64 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
65 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
66 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
67 Maxime Le Montagner (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
68 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
69 Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U 0:10:30  
DNF Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Jacek Morajko (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Mikel Astarloza Charreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Jimmy Raibaud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
DNF Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
DNF Stefano Borchi (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
DNF Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
DNF Cristiano Monguzzi (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
DNF Umberto Nardecchia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
DNF Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
DNF Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Sébastien Bergeret (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
DNF Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
DNF Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Joeri Bueken (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Gilles Devillers (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Reiner Honig (Ned) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
DNF Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
DNF Gaylord Cumont (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Kévin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Guillaume Malle (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93    
DNF Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Auber 93    
DNF Anthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Pierre Drancourt (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Denis Flahaut (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Julien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Rudy Kowalksi (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Boris Zimine (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Yohan Cauquil (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Clément Koretzky (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) La Pomme Marseille    
Trophy Yves Cougnaud - La Verrie, 32.2km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 4  pts
2 Rudy Kowalksi (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 2  
3 Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U 1  
Trophy Yves Cougnaud - St Hilaire de Mortagne, 42.4km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 4  pts
2 Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U 2  
3 Rudy Kowalksi (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 1  
Trophy Yves Cougnaud - Cote Du Fosse, 62.6km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 4  pts
2 Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U 2  
3 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 1  
Trophy Yves Cougnaud - Saint Miche Mont Mercure, 79.3km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 4  pts
2 Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U 2  
3 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 1  
Trophy Yves Cougnaud - Pouzauges, 88.8km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 4  pts
2 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 2  
3 Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U 1  
Trophy Yves Cougnaud - Reaumur, 100.1km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 4  pts
2 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 2  
3 Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U 1  
Trophy Yves Cougnaud - Cote du Moulin des Bois, 159.3km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar 4  pts
2 Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U 2  
3 Adrián Sáez De Arregi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1  
Trophy Yves Cougnaud Classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 24  pts
2 Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U 11  
3 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 6  
4 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar 4  
5 Adrián Sáez De Arregi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1  
Most combative rider
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U