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Mollema wins Profonde van Surhuisterveen criterium

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Bauke Mollema (Belkin) wins the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium ahead of Chris Froome (Sky)

Bauke Mollema (Belkin) wins the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium ahead of Chris Froome (Sky)
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Bauke Mollema (Belkin) awaits the start of the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium

Bauke Mollema (Belkin) awaits the start of the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium
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Chris Froome (Sky) and Bauke Mollema (Belkin) on the attack

Chris Froome (Sky) and Bauke Mollema (Belkin) on the attack
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Chris Froome (Sky) in action during a rainy post-Tour criterium in Surhuisterveen

Chris Froome (Sky) in action during a rainy post-Tour criterium in Surhuisterveen
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Profronde van Surhuisterveen runner-up Chris Froome (Sky)

Profronde van Surhuisterveen runner-up Chris Froome (Sky)
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Tour champion Chris Froome (Sky) is making the rounds of the post-Tour criteriums

Tour champion Chris Froome (Sky) is making the rounds of the post-Tour criteriums
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Spectators were undeterred by the rainy weather

Spectators were undeterred by the rainy weather
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Lars Boom (Belkin)

Lars Boom (Belkin)
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Dutch time trial champion Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) leads Bauke Mollema (Belkin) and Chris Froome (Sky)

Dutch time trial champion Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) leads Bauke Mollema (Belkin) and Chris Froome (Sky)
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Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium podium (L-R): Chris Froome, Bauke Mollema and Lieuwe Westra

Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium podium (L-R): Chris Froome, Bauke Mollema and Lieuwe Westra
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Tom Jelte Slagter (Belkin)

Tom Jelte Slagter (Belkin)
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Chris Froome (Sky) speaks to the press

Chris Froome (Sky) speaks to the press
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Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Sky) at the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium

Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Sky) at the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium
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Bauke Mollema (Belkin) at the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium

Bauke Mollema (Belkin) at the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium
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Bauke Mollema (Belkin) at the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium

Bauke Mollema (Belkin) at the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium
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Bauke Mollema (Belkin) on the attack

Bauke Mollema (Belkin) on the attack
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Bauke Mollmea (Belkin) off the front at the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium

Bauke Mollmea (Belkin) off the front at the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium
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Chris Froome (Sky) finished as runner-up on a wet day of racing

Chris Froome (Sky) finished as runner-up on a wet day of racing
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Tour champion Chris Froome (Sky) at the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium

Tour champion Chris Froome (Sky) at the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium
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Chris Froome (Sky) in action during a very wet Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium

Chris Froome (Sky) in action during a very wet Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium
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Chris Froome (Sky) awaits the start of the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium

Chris Froome (Sky) awaits the start of the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium
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Tom Veelers (Argo-Shimano) leads Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Tom Jelte Slagter (Belkin)

Tom Veelers (Argo-Shimano) leads Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Tom Jelte Slagter (Belkin)
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Despite heavy rain throughout the day, 30,000 spectators lined the circuit of the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium to see the stars of this year's Tour de France in action.

Racing in front of a home crowd, Bauke Mollema (Belkin) prevailed from a two-man break with Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Sky) in the 80km criterium.

Mollema had been out in front on his own when first Froome made contact at seven laps to go, followed by Dutch time trial champion Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) then Mollema's teammate Tom Jelte Slagter and Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano).

With three laps to go Mollema jumped away with only Froome able to follow. At the finish Mollema outkicked Froome for the win, while Westra soloed in for third.

Click here for a photo gallery from the action in Surhuisterveen.

Results
1Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
2Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
3Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
4Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
5Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
6Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
7Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
8Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
9Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
10Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff

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