Tour de France - Bauke Mollema: This is what I've worked for in the last two years
Jul 17 2017 12:19 am CET

Tour de France - Bauke Mollema: This is what I've worked for in the last two years

Bauke Mollema of Trek-Segafredo took his first stage victory at the Tour de France after keeping his chasers at bay in a 30-kilometer solo.

The Dutchman jumped away from the lead group with 30 kilometers to go and although the gap with the chasers went down to ten seconds at some point, he still managed to stay ahead to take the victory.

"It's amazing. I'm so happy to finally win a stage win the Tour de France," he said shortly after the stage.

"I just can't believe it you know. This is what I've worked for so hard in the last two years. I've been close a few times and this year I really wanted to go for a stage. That was a big goal for me and I knew this was a chance.

"In the beginning of the stage it was close because there was a strong breakaway with ten guys and a lot of teams wanted to block the road so we couldn't pass. The break took like one and a half minutes. My teammates finally got to the front and we kept the speed in the peloton.

"On the first climb I just went full gas. I was pulling the whole climb already, trying to bridge to the lead group.

"Finally we made it with 25 guys. I was there in the breakaway, which was the first goal. I felt good and I just gave it a try in the last 30 kilometers. I think I never spent so much time riding alone and in the end it was close but I made it."

For Mollema, who also won the Clasica San Sebastian in 2016 and a Vuelta a España stage in 2013, this is his biggest win yet.

"The Tour de France has always been the most important race for me. It's always been my dream to perform here and I finally won a stage, so I'm incredibly happy."
Photo of Bauke Mollema by Mary Cárdenas /



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