2010 Vacansoleil season

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2010 Vacansoleil season
Manager Hilaire Van Der Schueren
One-day victories 5
Stage race overall victories 2
Stage race stage victories 7
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The 2010 season for the Vacansoleil cycling team began in January with the Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise. As they did in their inaugural season in 2009, the team competes in 2010 as a UCI Professional Continental team with wildcard status, meaning they are eligible to be invited to any UCI ProTour event. The team's manager is Hilaire Van Der Schueren.

The team's biggest acquisitions for the 2010 season are Feillu brothers, both of them minor stars from a recent Tour de France while riding for Agritubel. Romain, the elder, wore the yellow jersey for a day in 2008, while younger brother Brice won a stage in 2009.

2010 roster[edit]

Ages as of January 1, 2010

Rider Date of birth
 Borut Božič (SLO) (1980-08-08)August 8, 1980 (aged 29)
 Matteo Carrara (ITA) (1979-03-25)March 25, 1979 (aged 30)
 Brice Feillu (FRA) (1985-07-26)July 26, 1985 (aged 24)
 Romain Feillu (FRA) (1984-04-06)April 6, 1984 (aged 25)
 Gorik Gardeyn (BEL) (1980-03-17)March 17, 1980 (aged 29)
 Michał Gołaś (POL) (1985-04-29)April 29, 1985 (aged 24)
 Johnny Hoogerland (NED) (1983-05-13)May 13, 1983 (aged 26)
 Sergey Lagutin (UZB) (1981-01-14)January 14, 1981 (aged 28)
 Bjorn Leukemans (BEL) (1977-07-01)July 1, 1977 (aged 32)
 Marco Marcato (ITA) (1984-02-11)February 11, 1984 (aged 25)
 Wouter Mol (NED) (1982-04-17)April 17, 1982 (aged 27)
Rider Date of birth
 Jens Mouris (NED) (1980-03-12)March 12, 1980 (aged 29)
 Martin Mortensen (DEN) (1984-11-05)November 5, 1984 (aged 25)
 Alberto Ongarato (ITA) (1975-07-24)July 24, 1975 (aged 34)
 Wout Poels (NED) (1987-10-01)October 1, 1987 (aged 22)
 Matthé Pronk (NED) (1974-07-01)July 1, 1974 (aged 35)
 Stéphane Rossetto (FRA) (1987-04-06) April 6, 1987 (age 30)
 Rob Ruijgh (NED) (1986-12-12)December 12, 1986 (aged 23)
 Bobbie Traksel (NED) (1981-11-03)November 3, 1981 (aged 28)
 Arnoud van Groen (NED) (1983-12-11)December 11, 1983 (aged 26)
 Joost van Leijen (NED) (1984-07-20)July 20, 1984 (aged 25)
 Frederik Veuchelen (BEL) (1978-09-04)September 4, 1978 (aged 31)
 Lieuwe Westra (NED) (1982-09-11)September 11, 1982 (aged 27)

One-day races[edit]

Spring classics[edit]

The team opened its season at the Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise. The squad for this event was chosen in December; Hoogerland was the leader, trying to improve upon a fifth-place finish in this race in 2009.[1] Westra figured into the morning's breakaway, along with Jussi Veikkanen and Julien El Fares, and nearly managed to stay away, being caught with only a few kilometers left in the race's final climb. A selection was made among the 85-strong peloton that had caught Westra and Veikkanen, with six, including Hoogerland, contesting an uphill sprint finish. Hoogerland finished second behind Saur–Sojasun's Jonathan Hivert.[2] Traksel won Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne, on the first weekend of the traditional spring classics season, in brutally bad weather. Of the 198 riders who began the race, just 26 finished, as the rain and the cold combined with the hilly parcours to make for what was called the most difficult day of racing in the last seven years.[3] Traksel outsprinted two breakaway companions, Ian Stannard and Rick Flens, for the win.[4] Vacansoleil had had van Groen in first position on the road when Traksel made his eventually race-winning attack. Van Der Schueren told Traksel to drop back, yet the stocky Dutchman continued to ride away. Though happy to have won, he referred to the attack as "stupid" when asked after the race.[5]

The team also raced Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Clásica de Almería.[1]

Fall races[edit]

Stage races[edit]

Vacansoleil's first stage race of the season was the Étoile de Bessèges. The first stage ended in a mass sprint, won by Božič after the team overpowered Française des Jeux' leadout train.[6] Božič followed it up with a similar win the next day.[7] In February, Mol won the Tour of Qatar overall by figuring into a crucial stage 2 breakaway.[8][9] He did not win any stage.

The team also sent squads to the Tour of Oman, the Tour Méditerranéen, the Volta ao Algarve, and the Ruta Del Sol.[1]

Grand Tours[edit]

The team did not receive invitations to either the Giro d'Italia or the Tour de France, despite the fact that both start in the Netherlands. It remains to be seen whether they will be invited to the Vuelta a España.

Season victories[edit]

Date Race Competition Rider Country Location
February 3 Étoile de Bessèges, Stage 1 UCI Europe Tour  Božič, BorutBorut Božič (SLO)  France Le Grau-du-Roi
February 4 Étoile de Bessèges, Stage 2 UCI Europe Tour  Božič, BorutBorut Božič (SLO)  France St. Ambroix
February 7 Étoile de Bessèges, Points classification UCI Europe Tour  Božič, BorutBorut Božič (SLO)  France
February 12 Tour of Qatar, Overall UCI Asia Tour  Mol, WouterWouter Mol (NED)  Qatar
February 25 Ruta Del Sol, Mountains classification UCI Europe Tour  Feillu, BriceBrice Feillu (FRA)  Spain
February 28 Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne UCI Europe Tour  Traksel, BobbieBobbie Traksel (NED)  Belgium Kuurne
March 21 Ronde van het Groene Hart UCI Europe Tour  Mouris, JensJens Mouris (NED)  Netherlands Zoetermeer
April 1 Three Days of De Panne, Teams classification UCI Europe Tour [N 1]  Belgium
April 10 Ronde van Drenthe UCI Europe Tour  Ongarato, AlbertoAlberto Ongarato (ITA)  Netherlands Hoogeveen
June 6 Tour de Luxembourg, Overall classification UCI Europe Tour  Carrara, MatteoMatteo Carrara (ITA)  Luxembourg
August 7 Tour de Pologne, Mountains classification UCI World Ranking  Hoogerland, JohnnyJohnny Hoogerland (NED)  Poland
August 7 Tour de Pologne, Sprints classification UCI World Ranking  Hoogerland, JohnnyJohnny Hoogerland (NED)  Poland
August 7 Vuelta a Burgos, Stage 4 UCI Europe Tour  Feillu, RomainRomain Feillu (FRA)  Spain Salas de los Infantes
August 12 Tour de l'Ain, Stage 2 UCI Europe Tour  Feillu, RomainRomain Feillu (FRA)  France Trévoux
August 14 Tour de l'Ain, Stage 4 UCI Europe Tour  Poels, WoutWout Poels (NED)  France Belley
August 14 Tour de l'Ain, Points classification UCI Europe Tour  Feillu, RomainRomain Feillu (FRA)  France
August 25 Druivenkoers Overijse UCI Europe Tour  Leukemans, BjörnBjörn Leukemans (BEL)  Belgium Overijse
September 12 Grand Prix de Fourmies UCI Europe Tour  Feillu, RomainRomain Feillu (FRA)  France Fourmies
September 14 Tour of Britain, Stage 4 UCI Europe Tour  Poels, WoutWout Poels (NED)  Great Britain Teignmouth
September 17 Tour of Britain, Stage 7 UCI Europe Tour  Božič, BorutBorut Božič (SLO)  Great Britain Colchester
September 18 Tour of Britain, Sprints classification UCI Europe Tour  Gołaś, MichałMichał Gołaś (POL)  Great Britain
September 18 Tour of Britain, Mountains classification UCI Europe Tour  Hoogerland, JohnnyJohnny Hoogerland (NED)  Great Britain
September 18 Tour of Britain, Teams classification UCI Europe Tour [N 2]  Great Britain

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cycling News (2009-12-31). "Vacansoleil lays out early season plans". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  2. ^ Cycling News (2010-01-31). "Hivert claims French season opener". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 3 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  3. ^ Brecht Decaluwé (2010-03-01). "Peloton reacts to brutal battering at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 2 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  4. ^ Brecht Decaluwé (2010-02-28). "Traksel wins Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 2 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  5. ^ Brecht Decaluwé (2010-02-28). "Relatively unknown Traksel rides to Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne win". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 5 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  6. ^ Cycling News (2010-02-03). "Bozic speeds to stage one win". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  7. ^ Cycling News (2010-02-04). "Bozic blasts to Besseges double". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  8. ^ Stephen Farrand (2010-02-08). "Steurs strongest as breakaway rules the day". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  9. ^ Stephen Farrand (2010-02-12). "Chicchi sprints to another stage win in Qatar". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 2010-02-12.