Bauke Mollema displays strong performance at GP Beghelli: It's difficult to catch me back once I have 100 meters
Oct 07 2018 07:36 pm CET

Bauke Mollema displays strong performance at GP Beghelli: It's difficult to catch me back once I have 100 meters
Bauke Mollema displays strong performance at GP Beghelli: It's difficult to catch me back once I have 100 meters
Photo of Bauke Mollema © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Trek-Segafredo's Bauke Mollema has taken the victory at the GP Bruno Beghelli. The Dutchman crossed the finish line on his own, beating the peloton that was trying to catch him.

The Italian race was 196.3 kilometres long from and to Monteveglio with a classic hilly profile. The race started with an escape of nine riders and included Ben Hermans, Lluis Mas, Enrico Salvador and Luca Raggio, among others.

The climbs of the day took a toll on the front group and it lost members until only Hermans, Mas, Fabio Mazzuvo and Dario Puccioni remained. In one of the next climbs, Hermans accelerated and went away on his own while the others were caught by the peloton.

At 25 kilometres from the end, Hermans was also reeled back in and soon a new front group was formed by riders like Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott), Egan Bernal (Sky) and Steven Kruijswijk, among others. There were several attacks but none succeeded until at two kilometres from the finish, Mollema made a move nobody else could follow.

The Dutchman crossed the finish line on his own and took the second victory of his season. Carlos Barbero (Movistar), Manuel Belletti (Androni Giocattoli), Juan Jose Lobato (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Riccardo Minali (Astana) completed the top five of the race.

"It was super hard, but I was always in the front together with Toms Skujins and Michael Gogl in the final, and thanks to them I could attack in the last few kilometres," said Mollema. "It was a really nice win, and I am super happy to win here especially since it's close to Segafredo, our Italian sponsor.

"We played the game a little bit and attacked because we did not want to wait for a sprint with guys like Trentin. So with two and a half kilometres to go, I saw a good moment, and I just went full gas and got a good gap, and it's difficult to catch me back once I have 100 meters."

The rider doesn't rule out some more good performances in next week's races. "I have two more races this week with Milano-Torino and Lombardy next Saturday," he commented. "It's nice to finish the season with a win like this and who knows what is in it the rest of the week."




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