Michel Kreder doubled-up on his wins at the Tour Méditerranéen, taking the shortened stage win as well as the leader’s yellow jersey.
“Due to bad weather the race was adapted to eleven laps of the 10km finishing circuit,” said director Bingen Fernandez.
“A breakaway of two riders was controlled by the FDJ team for most of the race. Our riders raised the pace two laps from the end which put many of our rivals under pressure in the more technical parts of the circuit.”
“Despite a strong effort in the last kilometer from the Astana team, our lead-out riders stayed together and Michel was able to do a great sprint for the win,” said director Charly Wegelius.
“The bonus seconds given to the stage winner also put him in the yellow jersey. Another good collective effort from the entire team!”
“It was a awesome team win!” said Kreder.
“I said to the team I wanted to take control and [hit the] gas with 1.5 laps to go on the little climb with the whole team and so we did! After that it was so nervous to the finish. I followed Koldo and my brother like what we said I needed to do in the [pre-race] meeting.”
“So I did and with 500m to go I was on my bother’s wheel and I screamed at him to ‘GO!’ and he lead me out. I only had to pass him to win.”
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