Michel Kreder delivered victory for Garmin-Cervélo in the morning sprint stage at the Circuit de la Sarthe in France on Wednesday.
Kreder out-kicked yesterday’s winner, Daniele Bennati (Liquigas-Cannondale), to win the 99km stage. Tony Ravard (Ag2r) rounded out the top-3 while Kevin Lacombe gave Spidertech a top-5 finish with fifth.
The victory was the first for the 23-year-old Dutchman in the pro ranks since he joined Garmin last season. In 2010, he was second at GP Indurain and seventh overall at the Volta a Catalunya, results that confirmed his untapped promise.
The stage counted for Garmin-Cervélo’s seventh win on European roads so far in the 2011 season.
Bennati retained the leader’s jersey going into the afternoon, 6.8km time trial on the streets of Angers that should all but lock the overall standings.
Top-5 Stage 2, Circuit de la Sarthe
1. Michel Kreder (Garmin-Cervlo)
2. Daniele Bennati (Liquigas-Cannondale)
3. Tony Ravard (Ag2r)
4. Stephane Bonsergent (Schuller)
5. Kevin Lacombe (Spidertech)