Trofeo Laigueglia - Bauke Mollema: This was a race that suited me well
Mar 04 2021 01:34 am CET

Trofeo Laigueglia - Bauke Mollema: This was a race that suited me well
Trofeo Laigueglia - Bauke Mollema: This was a race that suited me well

Trek-Segafredo's Bauke Mollema has taken his second victory of the year at the Trofeo Laigueglia.

The Italian race came down to a fight between climbers that were at the front, including Mollema's teammate Giulio Ciccone, but the strong attack of the Dutchman couldn't be matched by any of the others. "We had a strong team here, and we were the only team with two riders in the 8-10 riders at the end with 15kms to go," he explained. "I saw a good moment; Cicco was in my wheel, so I attacked.

"It's super nice to win here, and I am super happy to start the season like this. I have felt good the last few weeks, and I wanted to start the season in a good way, and it's nice to have two wins now. We have already five wins at the beginning of March – in Belgium, Italy, and France – I think the team is riding really strong, and hopefully we can continue like this in the other Italian races coming up this weekend."

A group that included riders like Mollema, Ciccone, Egan Bernal, Mikel Landa, Mauir Vansevenant, Clement Champoussin, and James Knox was formed in the last stretch of the race as the climbs left the others behind. With 16 kilometres to go, the Dutchman attacked and got his second victory of the season, after the one of the first stage at the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var.

"In the last 20 kilometres, the race was really hard," Mollema continued, "and I saw the good moment to attack, and luckily I could hold it to the finish line. This was a race, a parcours, that suited me well, and we had a strong team here, so the goal this morning was to win the race. When I did the recon of some of the course yesterday, I had a feeling this was a race that suited me well with short climbs.

"There were a lot of strong riders today at the start and that makes it even nicer to win. I really wanted to be in good form and get results in these races, and also Saturday in Strade Bianche and Sunday in GP Industria, " said Mollema. "Yeah, the last few years it has gone well for me in Italy actually – Lombardi, GP Beghelli, and a win in Coppi e Bartali."