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Mollema hopes to cement Tour de France GC place during mountain TT

By:
Sam Dansie
Published:
July 15, 2013, 19:13,
Updated:
July 15, 2013, 20:13
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Race:
Tour de France, Rest day 2
Bauke Mollema and Robert Gesink (Belkin)

Bauke Mollema and Robert Gesink (Belkin)

  • Bauke Mollema and Robert Gesink (Belkin)
  • Laurens ten Dam fights to keep Bauke Mollema in second overall
  • Bauke Mollema (Belkin)

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Wednesday's time trial precedes three tough mountain stages

Bauke Mollema said he hopes that the tough mountain time trial on Wednesday at the Tour de France will be an opportunity to cement his second place on general classification ahead of three tough Alpine mountain stages - including a double ascent of Alpe d'Huez.

Speaking on the second rest day, the team Belkin leader said the 32km time trial over a pair of category 2 climbs to Chorges could be a platform to distance his nearest rivals.

Alberto Contador and Roman Kreuziger (both Saxo-Tinkoff Bank) lie less than 15 seconds behind him on general classification.

Mollema said didn't expect large time differences between on tomorrow's stage in Gap, which finishes with a technical descent of the Col de Manse.

"Every day is important, but I don't expect a lot of differences between GC riders tomorrow," said Mollema.

"In the time trial, I hope to gain some time on some riders behind me to have a bit more space in the last three hard stages," he said.

On yesterday's stage to Ventoux, Mollema was shepherded to the summit with help from teammate Laurens Ten Dam, fifth overall. Mollema said the pair would continue working together and were hopeful of extra support from Robert Gesink.

"It's really special we are both top five in the Tour," said Mollema. "We are both really happy with our positions and it's important to try to stay here. Maybe we can try to help each other I think because we're pretty equal in the climbs.

"Robert Gesink is getting better and I hope he can help us more now in the last three days than in the Pyrenees. Then we will see."

Tochukwu Onwueme More than 1 year ago
Chris Froome will win the mountain time trial ahead of Nairo Quintana.
Benito More than 1 year ago
Not steep enough for Quintana.
5891jonathan More than 1 year ago
Quintana will lose more than a minute.
Jeff41 More than 1 year ago
Bookies still expect Nairo to get top 3, mind you they thought that of Richie Porte before he lost 18 minutes, message to Nairo......PATIENCE.....do not attack to early, bide your time and you will take out more time than you think !
snoopies78 More than 1 year ago
Nairo is too inexperienced to win TTs, he needs to join a team that has expertise in it, with fellow riders who are able to show him how it is done day in day out. You may need natural ability for Climbing but TTs is all about the training.
SprocketDoc More than 1 year ago
What, like Alex Dowsett? Giro ITT winner and british national champion.
veganpotter More than 1 year ago
Really? He's pretty good at time trialing for a little guy. Froome??? Well he was a lousy time trialist as a junior compared to all other top TT guys that were top junior time trialists. Froome got on a team and because great because of some type of magic potion.
Fastimus Maximus More than 1 year ago
I'm pretty disappointed by this Tour (thanks Phroome!) but I wouldn't be surprised if whoever finishes 2nd will be the winner in the history books... So still a lot to race for.
Rob Alan More than 1 year ago
Why? Its been an amazing race with great sprints; and awesome mountain top finishes.