Bauke Mollema

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Bauke Mollema
Bauke Mollema on Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2011 start line 2.jpg
Personal information
Full name Bauke Mollema
Born (1986-11-26) 26 November 1986 (age 27)
Groningen, Netherlands
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight 64 kg (141 lb; 10.1 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Belkin Pro Cycling
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Amateur team(s)
2007 Rabobank Continental Team
Professional team(s)
2008– Rabobank
Major wins

Grand Tours

Vuelta a España
Points classification (2011)
1 individual stage (2013)

Stage races

Tour de l'Avenir (2007)
Infobox last updated on
25 May 2014

Bauke Mollema (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbʌukə ˈmɔləmaː] BOW-kə MOL-ə-mah; born 26 November 1986 in Groningen) is a Dutch professional cyclist currently riding for Belkin Pro Cycling.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

In 2007 Mollema won the prestigious stage race for upcoming talents Tour de l'Avenir and the Circuito Montañés. He joined Rabobank's ProTeam in 2008, signing his first contract as a professional. His first notable result was a 6th position in the final classification of the 2008 Vuelta a Castilla y León. He made his ProTour debut in the 2008 Tour de Romandie, but did not finish the race due to a fall, which resulted in a fractured collarbone. He fully returned in top shape in the 2008 Deutschland Tour, in which he started as Rabobank's team leader, eventually finishing 7th in the GC. After a disappointing spring in 2009, the season was over for Mollema due to Pfeiffer's disease.

2010[edit]

Mollema made his Grand Tour debut in the 2010 Giro d'Italia in which he made a good impression but fell short of a top 10 classification and winning the young rider competition, partially due to missing out on a break-away of 50 riders in which a lot of direct opponents gained a 12 minutes lead. Mollema continued to ride strong later in the season with a mountain stage win in the Tour de Pologne and a third place overall after winner Daniel Martin and runner-up Grega Bole.

2011[edit]

In the spring of 2011 he already showed good form with a ninth place overall in Paris–Nice and tenth overall in the Volta a Catalunya. He eventually did not show his good form in the Ardennes classics and rode disappointing results. The main objective of Mollema's 2011 season was his first ever Tour de France. As preparation for the Tour he rode, together with teammate Steven Kruijswijk, the Tour de Suisse. Both riders performed extremely well in a strong field. This resulted for Kruijswijk in a podium finish but Mollema fell short for the podium due to a flat tyre. Due to illness his General Classification in the Tour de France was not a success. In the last week he stated that he felt better and tried for a break-away. This resulted in a second place in the 17th stage after Edvald Boasson Hagen of Team Sky.

Mollema returned to action in his third Grand Tour, the 2011 Vuelta a España. On the steep uphill finishes in stage 5 and 8 he finished in the top five. He did not lose any crucial time in the first week and was awarded the red leader's jersey after his second place in stage 9. Due to his weaker time trial skills compared to other General Classification contenders such as Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali, he lost the leader's jersey a day after he had won it. Mollema rode well after the time trial and was heading for a podium position, but the Dutchman fell to a fourth place overall due to the performance of Juan José Cobo on the Alto de L'Angliru. Mollema eventually came onto the podium in Madrid as winner of the points classification. It was the first time since 1992 that a Dutchman won a major classification in a Grand Tour, after Eddy Bouwmans won the young rider classification in the Tour de France.

2013[edit]

In 2013, Mollema carried some good form finishing 2nd in the Vuelta a Murcia, 3rd in the Vuelta a Andalucia, and 4th in the Criterium International. In the Tour de Suisse, Mollema won stage 2 marking his first victory in 2013.[2] After having a strong ride in the mountains, Mollema entered the final time trial in 4th position. He later moved up into 2nd that day.[3]

Mollema's good form continued at the Tour de France, where he finished fourth on the first mountain stage to Ax 3 Domaines to rise to fourth in the general classification. He finished eighth on the next stage and rose to third overall after Richie Porte lost more than 18 minutes. On stage 13 he rose to second in general classification when Valverde lost almost 10 minutes after suffering a puncture with approximately 80 km left, while also gaining over a minute on Froome's lead. However, he lost time in the last week due to illness and finished 6th in the general classification.

Palmares[edit]

2006
1st Stage 2 Vuelta Ciclista a León
2007
1st Overall Tour de l'Avenir
1st Overall Circuito Montañés
1st Stage 6
4th Internationale Wielertrofee Jong Maar Moedig
10th Vlaamse Pijl
2008
6th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
7th Overall Deutschland Tour
2010
3rd Overall Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 6
5th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
8th Giro del Piemonte
2011
2nd Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Combination classification
2nd Giro dell'Emilia
4th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
Held Red Jersey Stage 9 Jersey red.svg
Held White Jersey Stage 9–12 Jersey white.svg
5th Overall Tour de Suisse
9th Overall Paris–Nice
10th Overall Volta a Catalunya
2012
3rd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
5th Clásica de San Sebastián
6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th Giro di Lombardia
2013
1st Stage 17 Vuelta a España
2nd Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 2
2nd Vuelta a Murcia
3rd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
4th Overall Critérium International
4th Overall Tour of Norway
6th Overall Tour de France
6th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
9th La Flèche Wallonne
9th Clásica de San Sebastián
10th Amstel Gold Race
2014
3rd Overall Tour of Norway
1st Stage 4
3rd Overall Tour de Suisse
4th La Flèche Wallonne
6th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
7th Amstel Gold Race

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline:

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro 12
Yellow jersey Tour 69 WD 6
golden jersey Vuelta 4 28 52

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bauke Mollema profile". 
  2. ^ "Bauke Mollema wins stage 2 of 2013 Tour de Suisse; Cameron Meyer holds lead". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). 9 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rui Costa wins 2013 Tour de Suisse". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). 16 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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