Mollema chooses his moment wisely at Tour de France

QUILLAN FRANCE JULY 10 Bauke Mollema of The Netherlands and Team Trek Segafredo Most Combative Rider celebrates at podium during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 14 a 1837km stage from Carcassonne to Quillan LeTour TDF2021 on July 10 2021 in Quillan France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Bauke Mollema of Trek-Segafredo won stage 14 and was most combative rider (Image credit: Getty Images)

Bauke Mollema knows how to choose his moment. Before the Tour de France had even begun, he had underlined stage 14 in his road book. It caught the eye of the Trek-Segafredo rider for two reasons. The start town, Carcassonne, was where he had won his previous Tour stage in 2017, and the rolling road to Quillan lent itself to a break.

“When I looked at the road book at the beginning of the Tour, I knew this was a good opportunity,” Mollema said on taking a seat for his press conference after claiming stage victory. “It was perhaps better for me that the finish wasn’t uphill. A few days ago, I also checked the course on Google maps, so I knew more or less what to expect.”

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.