Bauke Mollema

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Bauke Mollema
Bauke Mollema 2016 TOA.jpg
Mollema at the 2016 Tour of Alberta
Personal information
Full name Bauke Mollema
Born (1986-11-26) 26 November 1986 (age 30)
Groningen, Netherlands
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight 64 kg (141 lb; 10.1 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Trek–Segafredo
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Amateur team(s)
2004–2006 Noordelijke Wielervereninging Groningen
2006 Löwik–Meubelen (stagiaire)
2007 Rabobank Continental Team
Professional team(s)
2008–2014 Rabobank
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)

Stage races

Tour de l'Avenir (2007)
Tour of Alberta (2015)
Vuelta a San Juan (2017)

One-day races and Classics

Clásica de San Sebastián (2016)
Japan Cup (2015)

Bauke Mollema (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbʌukə ˈmɔləmaː] BOW-kə MOL-ə-mah; born 26 November 1986) is a Dutch professional cyclist currently riding for Trek–Segafredo.

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[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[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[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.

2013[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[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]

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[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[edit]

Mollema at the 2017 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.

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 Jersey Stage 9
Held Jersey white.svg Jersey Stage 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
4th Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
7th Overall Giro d'Italia
9th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 12 7
A yellow jersey Tour de France 69 DNF 6 10 7 11 17
A red jersey Vuelta a España 4 28 52
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

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