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23 Jul 2016 08:25

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Dekker_Tifosi wrote:He was feeling good up until the fall. He says the chase cost a lot of energy. And he basically blew himself up on the steep beginning of the climb trying to come back. Because of that he was 'bad' on the remainder of the climb. Even on a good day you can blow yourself up

He said he was trying to get back to the group as fast as possible, but that seems like a bad idea in any situation - and especially with a 10 km, 8% climb on the menu. Of course he should have had team mates up there to help him, but Trek is poor. WTF is Schleck doing there still anyway? Porte even still had GVA on that last descent. And Trek also put no-one in the break I think - really clueless, these guys.


He had Zubeldia and Stetina with him after his crash until Zubeldia missed a corner.
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23 Jul 2016 16:14

Heroic effort today. Dropped 5 times during the stage. But still managed to be more aggressive than Quintana
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24 Jul 2016 01:10

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:Heroic effort today. Dropped 5 times during the stage. But still managed to be more aggressive than Quintana


Yes. I'm really annoyed about his final GC position, but I still think that this was his best race since his Tour of Poland stage win as a kid. He showed his best ever form, but he also showed his best ever attitude. The first time he attacked Froome and Quintana on Arcalis along with his almost easy looking bridge to Froome and Porte on Ventoux will hopefully be career changing moments. Both occasions meant that he showed not only the ability to physically compete with the very top guys, but also the belief that he could do so.

I want to see him use this new level and new self-belief to start winning more races.
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24 Jul 2016 01:32

You guys think he will target the tour again with Contador on the team or look at the Giro and Vuelta?
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24 Jul 2016 01:54

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:Heroic effort today. Dropped 5 times during the stage. But still managed to be more aggressive than Quintana


Qintana making the podium just make me shake my head when I see what happened to Porte and Mollema. I suppose luck cuts both ways. Even Yates deserved a podium more. I knew as soon as I heard the weather forecast that the race would be turned upside down but I suppose if you are an Aru fan or a TJVG fan it only gets worse ! Bardet almost came down when he attacked, if it was Porte or Mollema they would have been on the ground for sure. And Froome could have quite easily broken a collarbone in his fall. The nightmare scenario would be if Quintana had won !
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24 Jul 2016 09:34

You guys know I used to be a Mollema sceptic, but if he keeps this up in future races, I'll be cheering for him!
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24 Jul 2016 14:08

He made a fan of me this Tour!
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30 Jul 2016 15:16

Chapeau, Bauke! #Donostia
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30 Jul 2016 15:18

Putting the G in TGBM today :D
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30 Jul 2016 15:19

Finally back to his attacking self he used to do when he was just becoming a pro

Maybe it had to do with his mononucleosis earlier in his career that it took so long
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30 Jul 2016 15:23

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:Finally back to his attacking self he used to do when he was just becoming a pro

Maybe it had to do with his mononucleosis earlier in his career that it took so long



Maybe it is because a new team leader is coming on board and he got really motivated to prove himself again! Whatever it was Good Job Bauke!
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30 Jul 2016 15:23

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30 Jul 2016 15:25

His face seemed quite indifferent quite indifferent when crossing the finish line but I guess that's just his "try to not show the pain" face. Well deserved win anyway, the only one with the guts and perhaps also strength to attack immediatley after the top!
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30 Jul 2016 15:36

Bauke's revenge the rest of the season. No more nice guy.
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30 Jul 2016 16:57

Bauke Mollema made Great again. He will build a beautiful wall.
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30 Jul 2016 17:30

Nice win for Mollema! I hope he can do the Vuelta next year instead of the Tour, it would be exciting to see what he can do
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30 Jul 2016 19:07

Great win and a huge leap forward for his palmares. San Sebastian is on a completely different level to his biggest previous race wins (Tour of Alberta and Japan Cup). And he did it by attacking too.

He's like a new rider since those first couple of attacks on Arcalis. This is the rider he was supposed to develop into, not the Zubeldia clone he seemed to be becoming.

The Dutch have some interesting decisions to make about Rio leadership.
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30 Jul 2016 20:16

Just the tonic for him after the TdF.

Christian wrote:Nice win for Mollema! I hope he can do the Vuelta next year instead of the Tour, it would be exciting to see what he can do


I don't see any chance of that. He had 2nd at TdF in the palm of his hand with little or no team support in the mountains. Next season he'll probably have a co-leader which may increase his chances further as there will probably be resources at Trek focussing on GC support as a result. His lack of reaction at winning today is probably a sign of how strong his determination to right the wrong of this years TdF.
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30 Jul 2016 22:10

Zinoviev Letter wrote:Great win and a huge leap forward for his palmares. San Sebastian is on a completely different level to his biggest previous race wins (Tour of Alberta and Japan Cup). And he did it by attacking too.

He's like a new rider since those first couple of attacks on Arcalis. This is the rider he was supposed to develop into, not the Zubeldia clone he seemed to be becoming.

The Dutch have some interesting decisions to make about Rio leadership.


I'm pretty sure he rates his Vuelta stage win higher than the Tour of fricking Alberta and Japan Cup, lol.
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30 Jul 2016 23:47

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I'm pretty sure he rates his Vuelta stage win higher than the Tour of fricking Alberta and Japan Cup, lol.


That's why I said "race wins". He has good stage wins. He had no notable one day or stage race wins before this. San Sebastian is better than a Vuelta stage too.
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