Bauke Mollema booked his second stage victory in his career in the Tour de France after a great solo on Saturday. Where the Trek-Segafredo cyclist failed to win a stage in the Giro d’Italia earlier this spring, he did succeed in the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France. “The Tour also suits me better than the Giro,” said Mollema.
The 34-year-old Groninger already has two classics on his palmares with the Tour of Lombardy and the Clásica San Sebastián, but his second stage win in the Tour was one of the best moments of his 14-year-long professional career. “It’s fantastic to win another stage here. The last one was from the 2017 Tour. It just feels very special. Which is the better of the two? It’s hard to compare victories. In 2017 it was my first stage win in the Tour, that’s a bit more special, but this is also a very nice one, especially after such a long solo, I’m not a rider who wins five to ten races a year, so every win is special to me and certainly in the Tour.”
“In the stage over the Mont Ventoux I was also close, but with Wout van Aert there was just someone much stronger,” said Mollema, who then finished third. “I knew this stage was excellent for an early flight and suited me perfectly. I just had to try it today. It was constantly up and down and the finish was not uphill, ideal for me. A few days ago I also had the track already checked on google maps at least the last 60 kilometers so I knew what to expect there was a left descent where Woods fell so I was careful there then I waited for the right moment to attack .”
For Mollema it is already the third victory of the season. It is striking that he already has 59 race days in 2021, which is more than any other professional cyclist. Earlier this season he also completed the Giro d’Italia where he attacked several times, but failed to win. “I made the mistake in the Giro by sometimes jumping a little too enthusiastically and throwing my powers a little too much, so that I always fell short in the final.”
The Giro is simply less appealing to him than the Tour, says Mollema. “I always ride better here. I am someone who performs better in the heat than in the cold. I noticed that last week in the Alps when we had that rain and that cold. In the heat I perform better, I really don’t have any difficult with this weather, on the contrary. At the end of that Giro I was quite tired, but I took the necessary rest and recovered well between the two stage races. In this Tour I also played smarter. The past two days I was able to recover and in the stages where I attacked, I gambled a little more and wasted less of my strength, giving me a little more energy. It paid off today.”
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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