Bauke Mollema

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Bauke Mollema
Bauke Mollema 2016 TOA.jpg
Mollema at the 2016 Tour of Alberta
Personal information
Full nameBauke Mollema
Born (1986-11-26) 26 November 1986 (age 31)
Groningen, Netherlands
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight64 kg (141 lb; 10.1 st)[1]
Team information
Current teamTrek–Segafredo
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeAll-rounder
Amateur team(s)
2004–2006NWVG
2006Löwik–Meubelen (stagiaire)
2007Rabobank Continental Team
Professional team(s)
2008–2014Rabobank
2015–Trek Factory Racing
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2017)
Vuelta a España
Points classification (2011)
1 individual stage (2013)

One-day races and Classics

Clásica de San Sebastián (2016)
Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli (2018)
Japan Cup (2015)

Bauke Mollema (Dutch: [ˈbʌukə ˈmɔləmaː]; born 26 November 1986) is a Dutch professional cyclist currently riding for Trek–Segafredo. He has finished in the top 10 in all three Grand Tours with a stage win in 2011 in the Vuelta a Espana where he also finished fourth overall and a stage win in the 2017 Tour de France. His best result in the general classification in the Tour de France came in 2013 where he finished in 6th place. He has won the Clásica de San Sebastián in 2016 and finished on the podium on three other occasions at the race.

Career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

In 2007 Mollema won the prestigious stage race for upcoming talents Tour de l'Avenir and the Circuito Montañés.

Rabobank (2008–2014)[edit]

2008–2009 seasons[edit]

He joined the Rabobank 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 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 Deutschland Tour, in which he started as Rabobank's team leader, eventually finishing 7th in the overall general classification. After a disappointing spring in 2009, the season was over for Mollema due to infectious mononucleosis (Pfeiffer's disease).

2010 season[edit]

Mollema made his Grand Tour debut in the 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 Dan Martin and runner-up Grega Bole.

2011 season[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 performance 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.[2]

Mollema returned to action in his third Grand Tour, the 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 he fell to 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.

2012 season[edit]

During the spring of 2012, Mollema rode his best classics campaign ever at the time. He finished 10th at his home race Amstel Gold Race, 7th at La Flèche Wallonne and 6th at Liège–Bastogne–Liège to take his first ever top 10 in a monument race. He had no success in the Grand Tours, as he abandoned the Tour de France, and finished 28th overall at Vuelta a Espana. He had other success during the year, as he took his first ever top 3 overall in a World Tour stage race, when he finished 3rd in Tour of the Basque Country. He also started in his first ever Clásica de San Sebastián finishing 5th, a race that he later had great success in. Moles finished of the season with a 7th place at a rainy Giro di Lombardia.

2013 season[edit]

Mollema at the 2013 Tour de France

In 2013, Mollema carried some good form finishing 2nd in the Vuelta a Murcia, 3rd in the Vuelta a Andalucía, and 4th in the Criterium International. In the Tour de Suisse, Mollema won stage 2 marking his first victory in 2013.[3] 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.[4] 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 Alejandro Valverde lost almost 10 minutes after suffering a puncture with approximately 80 kilometres (50 miles) 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. Mollema also rode the Vuelta a España. He won Stage 17 of the race by attacking from the peloton 500 metres from the line, and holding off the chasing pack led home by Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky).[5]

2014 season[edit]

Mollema at the 2014 Tour de France

At the Tour de France, Mollema sat seventh overall heading into the penultimate stage, an individual time trial 54 kilometres (34 miles) in length. However, riding a new Bianchi for the first time, Mollema could only place in 140th position and slipped to tenth overall in the general classification, 21 minutes and 24 seconds behind the winner, Vincenzo Nibali.[6] He quickly redeemed himself one week later, where he took his first podium at Clásica de San Sebastián, when he finished 2nd just behind Alejandro Valverde.

Trek Factory Racing (2015–present)[edit]

At the end of the 2014 season, Mollema left Belkin Pro Cycling to join Trek Factory Racing.[7]

2015 season[edit]

In March 2015, Mollema finished second overall behind Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) at Tirreno–Adriatico.[8] However, he subsequently suffered a back injury which affected his Tour de France preparations.[9] Mollema went on to finish seventh overall in the Tour.

Mollema (right) with Alberta Culture Minister David Eggen following his win in the 2015 Tour of Alberta.

In September 2015, Mollema won the Tour of Alberta stage race in Canada.[10]

2016 season[edit]

Mollema at the 2016 Tour de France

On Stage 12 of the Tour de France, Mollema bridged across to an attack by race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) on Mont Ventoux, and was the only general classification contender able to do so. However, all 3 riders were involved in a crash with a motorbike after spectators on the road forced the motorbike to stop. Mollema was able to remount his bike and continued riding, while Porte was delayed and passed by the other general classification contenders and Froome ditched his bike and continued on foot until receiving a replacement bike from his team car. Mollema finished the stage 1 minute and 40 seconds ahead of Froome, and the initial standings placed Mollema in second overall behind new leader Adam Yates (Orica–BikeExchange). However, Froome was awarded the same time as Mollema after a jury decision, and retained the yellow jersey.[11] The revised standings also placed Nairo Quintana ahead of Mollema, who was now fourth overall. Mollema criticised the UCI's handling of the stage afterwards.[12] On Stage 13, Mollema produced what he described as "the best time trial of my life" to place sixth on the hilly route over 37.5 kilometres (23.3 miles). He finished 51 seconds down on Froome, but took time out of all the other general classification contenders and rose to second overall.[13] He ultimately fell to eleventh overall by the end of the race, due to a crash in the final weekend.[14] Just one week after the disappointing Tour de France result, Mollema managed to rebound at Clásica de San Sebastián by winning the classic with a late attack.[15]

Mollema at the 2017 Tour de France where he won a stage

2017 season[edit]

In his third season with Trek-Segafredo, Mollema opted to ride the general classification at the Giro d'Italia, as Alberto Contador rode the Tour de France as the team leader. He took his first win already in January, where he won the overall in Vuelta a San Juan. His next good result came in February, where he finished 4th overall at the new World Tour race Abu Dhabi Tour. On the first real test at the Giro d'Italia, Mollema was 4th on stage 9 to Blockhaus. The following stage, Mollema delivered one of his best Time trials ever when he finished 10th and rose to 3rd place overall in the general classification. However he dropped out of the podium on the challenging stage to Oropa, as he lost almost 2 minutes to stage winner Tom Dumoulin. He finished 7th overall at the Giro d'Italia which was his best result ever at the Giro. His next race was the Tour de France where he worked as a domestique for team leader Contador. He got his own chance on stage 15 where he went into the breakaway. He attacked his breakaway companions, just after the last major climb of the day, and managed to keep them behind all the way to the finish line. In what seemed like an impossible attack at first, Mollema won his first ever Tour de France stage win with 19th seconds to Diego Ulissi. Even though he had ridden two Grand Tours during the season, he started in Clásica de San Sebastián a week later and finished in 3rd place. This was his 3rd podium at the race, and meant he had finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the biggest spanish classic.

2018 season[edit]

After just missing out on a stage win at Volta ao Algarve in February, Mollema took his first win of the season at Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali where he won stage 2 and finished 2nd overall. His next result came just a week after, where he was 7th overall at Tour of the Basque Country. The classics campaign was mixed for Mollema as he only finished in the top 10 on one occasion at La Flèche Wallonne with a 6th place. At the Tour de France, Mollema was once again team leader and it looked promising after a great first week where he was one of the best general classification contenders. However already on the second mountain stage, Mollema cracked and switched his focus to go for stage wins. He was very close to winning a stage, but had to settle with a 3rd and 4th place as his best stage results. As he had done the previous years with great success Mollema started Clásica de San Sebastián the week following the end of the Tour. He was the only one to match the pace of Julian Alaphilippe in the final, but lost the sprint to the frenchman. His 2nd place at Clásica de San Sebastián was his 4th podium in total at the race and 7th top 10 finishes in 7 race starts. Mollema chose to start the Vuelta a España which was going to be his second grand tour of the season. He showed he had form already on the fifth stage where he finished 2nd just behind Simon Clarke. Four days later he was once again in the breakaway and once again had to settle with a 2nd place. Ben King attacked just before the final climb, and was not chased instantly by his breakaway companions. Later on the climb it looked like King was having difficulties and Mollema slowly chased him down. However, as the finish line came closer, King kept riding a fast pace which Mollema could not catch. Mollema finished 2nd overall in the Mountains classification. In October he won the Italian semi classic Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli, which was his second victory of the season.

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2006
1st Stage 2 Vuelta Ciclista a León
2007
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de l'Avenir
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Circuito Montañés
1st Stage 6
3rd Overall Tour de l'Ain
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
4th Internationale Wielertrofee Jong Maar Moedig
10th De 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 Jersey red.svg after Stage 9
Held Jersey white.svg after Stages 9–12
5th Overall Tour de Suisse
5th Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
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 La Flèche Wallonne
7th Giro di Lombardia
10th Amstel Gold Race
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
2nd Clásica de San Sebastián
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
10th Overall Tour de France
10th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
10th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
2015
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Alberta
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
1st Japan Cup
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
2nd Vuelta a Murcia
4th Trofeo Andratx–Mirador d'es Colomer
6th Clásica de San Sebastián
6th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
7th Overall Tour de France
8th La Drôme Classic
2016
1st Clásica de San Sebastián
2nd Overall Tour of Alberta
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
3rd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
8th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
9th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
9th Overall Tour de Romandie
9th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2017
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Vuelta a San Juan
Tour de France
1st Stage 15
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 15
2nd Overall Tour of Guangxi
3rd Clásica de San Sebastián
4th Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
5th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
7th Overall Giro d'Italia
9th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
2018
1st Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
2nd Overall Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 2
2nd Clásica de San Sebastián
4th Overall Volta ao Algarve
6th La Flèche Wallonne
7th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
Vuelta a España
Jersey green number.svg Combativity award Stages 5, 11, 15 & Overall

General classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results timeline
Grand Tour 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 12 7
A yellow jersey Tour de France 69 DNF 6 10 7 11 17 26
A red jersey Vuelta a España 4 28 52 30
Major stage race general classification results timeline
Race 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice 9 DNF 30
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico 21 22 2 9 9
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya 9 DNF
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country DNF 98 3 28 DNF 18 7
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie DNF 39 17 9
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné 60 DNF
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse 29 5 33 2 3 12

Classics results timeline[edit]

Monument 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Milan–San Remo 37
Tour of Flanders
Paris–Roubaix
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 47 6 77 15 35 9 25
Giro di Lombardia 68 12 DNF 7 89 75 19 19 64
Classic 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Amstel Gold Race 10 10 7 55 14 35
La Flèche Wallonne 69 53 7 9 4 19 6
Clásica de San Sebastián 5 9 2 6 1 3 2
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec 10 6 8 36
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 10 17 24 5
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bauke Mollema profile".
  2. ^ Ryan, Barry (20 July 2011). "Norwegian dominance continues with Boasson Hagen win". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Bauke Mollema wins stage 2 of 2013 Tour de Suisse; Cameron Meyer holds lead". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Rui Costa wins 2013 Tour de Suisse". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Vuelta a Espana 2013: Mollema wins stage 17 but Nibali leads". 11 September 2013 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  6. ^ "CyclingQuotes.com Mollema: I should never have used a new bike". CyclingQuotes.com.
  7. ^ "Mollema joins Trek as Belkin lose another star rider". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. 5 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Bauke Mollema: My season review - Cyclingnews.com".
  9. ^ "Tour de France: Mollema over his injury and dialled in for top-five ambitions - Cyclingnews.com".
  10. ^ "Bauke Mollema wins Tour of Alberta".
  11. ^ "Tour de France: Chris Froome forced to run up Mont Ventoux after crash". BBC Sports. BBC.
  12. ^ "Tour de France: Mollema angered by UCI's handling of Ventoux crash - Cyclingnews.com".
  13. ^ "Tour de France: Mollema produces 'best time trial of my life' to move to second overall - Cyclingnews.com".
  14. ^ "Tour de France: Mollema's podium hopes slide away in the rain | Cyclingnews.com". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  15. ^ "Bauke Mollema wins Clasica San Sebastian - Cycling Weekly". Cycling Weekly. 2016-07-30. Retrieved 2018-10-05.

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