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Kreder repeats 2011 victory in the Loire

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Kreder wins stage 2a

Kreder wins stage 2a (Image credit: Fabrice Lambert/
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Sacha Modolo (Colnago - CSF Inox) laps up the applause

Sacha Modolo (Colnago - CSF Inox) laps up the applause (Image credit: Fabrice Lambert/
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Sacha Modolo took the lead in the overall GC after stage 2a

Sacha Modolo took the lead in the overall GC after stage 2a (Image credit: Fabrice Lambert/
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Garmin-Barracuda's Michel Kreder (left) took the stage win

Garmin-Barracuda's Michel Kreder (left) took the stage win (Image credit: Fabrice Lambert/
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Michel Kreder (Garmin-Barracuda)

Michel Kreder (Garmin-Barracuda) (Image credit: Fabrice Lambert/
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Katusha dominating up front

Katusha dominating up front (Image credit: Fabrice Lambert/
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Team Katusha did plenty of the donkey work

Team Katusha did plenty of the donkey work (Image credit: Fabrice Lambert/
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The riders at the start

The riders at the start (Image credit: Fabrice Lambert/
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The leading group head out on the last lap

The leading group head out on the last lap (Image credit: Fabrice Lambert/
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David Le Lay and Pierre Rolland

David Le Lay and Pierre Rolland (Image credit: Fabrice Lambert/
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Cyril Gautier (Team Europcar)

Cyril Gautier (Team Europcar) (Image credit: Fabrice Lambert/
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Michel Kreder (Garmin-Barracuda) celebrates victory

Michel Kreder (Garmin-Barracuda) celebrates victory (Image credit: Fabrice Lambert/
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Anthony Delaplace (Saur-Sojasun)

Anthony Delaplace (Saur-Sojasun) (Image credit: Fabrice Lambert/
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Sacha Modolo on the podium

Sacha Modolo on the podium (Image credit: Fabrice Lambert/

One year after he claimed his first pro victory for Garmin-Barracuda, Dutchman Michel Kreder did it again in stage two of the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire, which finished in Angers prior to this afternoon's 6.8km time trial.

Already a double stage winner of the Tour of the Mediterranean this year, Kreder anticipated a bunch sprint in which race leader Denis Galimzyanov of Katusha couldn’t take part after being caught in a crash with 7km to go. Therefore, runner up Sacha Modolo took the overall lead in the GC.

“I almost crashed as well”, Kreder told Cyclingnews after the finish. “Our initial idea was to lead out my brother Raymond who is faster than me but that crash changed our plans. We decided that he’d do the same as at the Tour Med. He left a gap behind me at the exit of the roundabout with 500 metres to go. I took an advantage of 20 to 30 metres and never got caught.”

Modolo wasn’t very happy with the outcome. “Kreder sprinted from far out, he was very strong”, the Italian (Colnago-CSF) said. “Sonny [Colbrelli], my team-mate, opened the sprint very early with the hope to catch him but we never did.”

With two second places, Modolo became the race leader. “I would have preferred a stage win”, he made clear. “I’m here to do well. After the Circuit de la Sarthe, I’ll rest for a while and I’ll go for the Tour of Turkey and the Giro d’Italia with high ambitions.”

Modolo isn’t exactly tipped for keeping the yellow jersey at the end of the time trial, even though another Italian sprinter, Daniele Bennati, did so last year. One of the favourites, GreenEdge’s Luke Durbridge, informed Cyclingnews that he suffers tendonitis and isn’t sure about his near future on the bike.

Garmin-Barracuda is the team expected to perform during the 6.8km time trial, even in the absence of David Millar who has been a regular performer at the Circuit de la Sarthe in the past twelve years but is not racing this year due to a broken collarbone. “I’ll give it all”, said Kreder who has a chance to become the race leader after Modolo. “But in our team, we have David Zabriskie, Andrew Talansky and Thomas Dekker who can do better than me against the clock.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda2:03:44
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
3Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
4Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda
5Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
6Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type1 - Sanofi
7Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93
8Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
9Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.
10Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.
11Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
12Jimmy Casper (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
13Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team
14Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team
15Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan
16Pratick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano
17Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U
18Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team
19Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos - Shimano
20Nelson Oliveira (Por) Radioshack-Nissan
21Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan
22Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
23Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type1 - Sanofi
24Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
25Ronan Racault (Fra) Auber 93
26Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type1 - Sanofi
27Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank
28David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
29Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan
30Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
31Sébastien Rossler (Bel) Garmin-Barracuda
32Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
33Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team
34Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team
35Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team
36Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
37Luke Durbridge (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team
38Andy Schleck (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan
39Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93
40George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan
41Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type1 - Sanofi
42Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R La Mondiale
43Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda
44Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type1 - Sanofi
45Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type1 - Sanofi
46Andréa Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
47Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
48Wim De Voght (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.
49Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos - Shimano
50Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
51Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team
52Daniel Teklehaianot (Eri) Greenedge Cycling Team
53Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.
54Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.
55Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:20
56Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos - Shimano0:00:30
57Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar
58Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93
59Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:43
60Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 93
61David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
62Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93
63Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.
64Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
65Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank
66Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
67Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
68Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
69Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.
70Kevin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U
71Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
72Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U
73Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team0:00:57
74Pieter Weening (Ned) Greenedge Cycling Team
75Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:43
76Mathieu Perget (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:01:25
77Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.
78Sylvain Georges (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
79Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.
80Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
81Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:00:43
82Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U
83Françis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:02:02
84Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:43
85Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team0:02:28
86Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - Shimano0:03:21
87Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Argos - Shimano0:03:42
88Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:03:44
89Amir Zargari (IRI) Ag2R La Mondiale
90Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
91Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team
92Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
93Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
94Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.
95Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.
96Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar
97Event Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.0:06:08
98David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:06:35
99Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank
100Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar
101Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank

General classification after stage 2a
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox6:53:02
2Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team
3Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:06
4Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda
5Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type1 - Sanofi
6Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
7Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team
8Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
9Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
10Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93
11Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.
12Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U
13Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.
14Jimmy Casper (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
15Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos - Shimano
16Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan
17Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan
18Nelson Oliveira (Por) Radioshack-Nissan
19Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
20Pratick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano
21Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team
22Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
23Sébastien Rossler (Bel) Garmin-Barracuda
24Daniel Teklehaianot (Eri) Greenedge Cycling Team
25Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
26Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type1 - Sanofi
27Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93
28Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type1 - Sanofi
29Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
30Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos - Shimano
31David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
32Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
33Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan
34Luke Durbridge (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team
35Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank
36Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type1 - Sanofi
37Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
38Ronan Racault (Fra) Auber 93
39Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type1 - Sanofi
40Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team
41Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R La Mondiale
42Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda
43Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.
44Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
45Andréa Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
46Andy Schleck (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan
47Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team
48George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan
49Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team
50Wim De Voght (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.
51Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type1 - Sanofi
52Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team
53Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
54Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:26
55Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos - Shimano0:00:36
56Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93
57Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar
58Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:00:41
59Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:00:49
60Kevin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U
61Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
62Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 93
63Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.
64Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93
65David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
66Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team
67Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.
68Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
69Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
70Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
71Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
72Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank
73Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
74Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U
75Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
76Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.0:01:02
77Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team0:01:03
78Pieter Weening (Ned) Greenedge Cycling Team
79Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:01:27
80Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.0:01:31
81Mathieu Perget (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
82Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.
83Sylvain Georges (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
84Françis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:02:08
85Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team0:02:34
86Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Argos - Shimano0:03:48
87Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.0:03:50
88Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
89Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar
90Amir Zargari (IRI) Ag2R La Mondiale
91Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
92Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
93Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
94Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team
95Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.
96Event Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.0:06:14
97Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:06:37
98Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar0:06:41
99David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
100Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank
101Freddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:07:01
102Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - Shimano0:08:24

Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat220pts
2Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team130
3Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U120
4Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar40
5Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.40
6Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos - Shimano20
7David Le Lay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun20
8Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.20
9Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.20
10Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar10

Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sacha Modolo (Ita) Cog400pts
2Michel Kreder (Ned) Grm290
3Raymond Kreder (Ned) Grm240
4Daniele Colli (Ita) Tt1190
5Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ180
6Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Cog160
7Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Sax160
8Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Mov150
9Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Euc140
10Benoit Jarrier RA Vru130
11Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Kat110
12Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Aub90
13Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sau80
14Romain Hardy (Fra) Bsc80
15Justin Jules (Fra) Vru80
16Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cof70
17Steven Caethoven (Bel) Acc70
18Romain Zingle (Bel) Cof60
19Romain Matheou (Fra) Vru50
20Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ50
21Jimmy Casper (Fra) Alm40
22Daniel Teklehaianot (Eri) Gec20
23Ben Hermans (Bel) Rnt10
24Jan Bakelants (Bel) Rnt10

Best young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda
2Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
3Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
4Nelson Oliveira (Por) Radioshack-Nissan
5Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
6Luke Durbridge (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team
7Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.
8George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan
9Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team
10Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U
11Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
12Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
13Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
14Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar
15Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - Shimano

Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Colnago - CSF Inox
3Team Type1 - Sanofi
5Argos - Shimano
6Katusha Team
7Auber 93
8Movistar Team
9Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.
10Ag2R La Mondiale
11Bretagne - Schuller
12FDF-Big Mat
13Saur - Sojasun0:00:43
14Saur - Sojasun
15Greenedge Cycling Team0:00:57
16Veranda Rideau-Super U0:01:26
17Team Europcar0:01:56
18Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.0:02:08
19Team Saxo Bank0:07:18
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