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Kelderman happy to compete against the best at the Vuelta a España

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Wilco Kelderman (Belkin)

Wilco Kelderman (Belkin)
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Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) leading the final chase

Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) leading the final chase
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Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) wins the young rider classification

Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) wins the young rider classification
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Wilco Kelderman (Belkin)

Wilco Kelderman (Belkin)
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

For Wilco Kelderman (Belkin), the late addition of an array of star names to the field for his debut Vuelta a España is a source of motivation rather than of intimidation. Just 23 years of age and in his third season as a professional, Kelderman’s apprenticeship to date has been a smooth one. A solid 17th in his first Giro d’Italia last year, he followed that up with seventh this time around and – perhaps more impressively – fourth in a full-blooded Critérium du Dauphiné straight afterwards.