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Wesley Kreder earns pro contract with Vendée win

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Marco Marcato and race winner Wesley Kreder (both Vacansoleil-DCM)

Marco Marcato and race winner Wesley Kreder (both Vacansoleil-DCM)
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Hivert, Kreder and Hinault on the Vendee podium in 2012

Hivert, Kreder and Hinault on the Vendee podium in 2012
(Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale was third

Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale was third
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Jonathan Hivert (Saur - Sojasun) finished second

Jonathan Hivert (Saur - Sojasun) finished second
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Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team)

Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team)
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Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team)

Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team)
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Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team)

Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team)
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Last year's winner Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team) helped teammate Kreder to the win

Last year's winner Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team) helped teammate Kreder to the win
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Last year's winner Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team) helped teammate Kreder to the win

Last year's winner Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team) helped teammate Kreder to the win
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Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team) wins the race and secures a pro contract in the process

Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team) wins the race and secures a pro contract in the process
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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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Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team) takes the Tour de Vende 2012

Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team) takes the Tour de Vende 2012
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Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team) will race for the same team in 2012. He was offered a full time contract after the win

Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team) will race for the same team in 2012. He was offered a full time contract after the win
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Hivert, Kreder and Hinault on the Vendee podium in 2012

Hivert, Kreder and Hinault on the Vendee podium in 2012
(Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)

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

Elite men
#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 - Sanofi4pts
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 - Sanofi4pts
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 - Sanofi4pts
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 - Sanofi4pts
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 - Sanofi4pts
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 - Sanofi4pts
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 Europcar4pts
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 - Sanofi24pts
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) Team
1Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U

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