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17 Jul 2017 07:26

I'm pretty sure he would have finished 2nd or 3rd last year. He fell when he attacked in the descend and wasn't far behind Bardet who just attacked before. But oh well. There'll be chances in the next few years, he's 30. Still a few good years left
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08 Oct 2018 01:39

Great win for Mollema today. He is so much better as an attacking rider.
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10 Oct 2018 22:19

Zinoviev Letter wrote:Great win for Mollema today. He is so much better as an attacking rider.


He seems to have found a niche as a hilly classics and grand tour stagehunter.

Trek will get more bang for their buck if they let him ride 2 grand tours next year as a stage hunter deluxe rather than wasting nervous energy trying to cling on for an 8th on GC without really shining on any individual stage.
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19 May 2019 15:19

Looking really strong right now. Maybe he can finally podium a GT.
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19 May 2019 16:26

Don't get hyped up. He's often very strong at the beginning of GTs. Remember Tour 2016? Or Giro 2017?

Third week will always be the key for him.
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19 May 2019 17:12

SafeBet wrote:Don't get hyped up. He's often very strong at the beginning of GTs. Remember Tour 2016? Or Giro 2017?

Third week will always be the key for him.

This, it was a great performance, but he also did really good tts in the 2017 Giro and we still haven't seen a single mountain stage.
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19 May 2019 18:11

TGBM!

Well, he does have quite a buffer on some of the better climbers now. I can see him going in the top 5 with a bit of luck.
"If I had stopped for coffee, they would have done the same. They never got off my wheel." - Fabian Cancellara after Paris-Roubaix 2011.
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01 Jun 2019 17:12

And looks like Top 5 it is. A very good result for him. TGBM the legend. His second best GT results wise.
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01 Jun 2019 17:43

Result aside, is this his best ever performance in a GT? The way he handled the third week really surprised me, I thought he was going to crack badly either on Tuesday or today.
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01 Jun 2019 18:01

Like I said before the whole 'mollema 3rd week' thing is a myth of epic proportions. 3 of the 4 times he had it happened it was because of a crash. And the first time he got ill. All the other times same level als normal.

That being said, he is a 6-10 level rider who has to get a bit lucky with the circumstances to hit top 5 or perhaps podium. This was his best GT in level and luck so far. No bad thing happened for once
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01 Jun 2019 18:10

Sort of ninja-ed his way into 5th but at the same time was very active weirdly. Always looked on edge for the last week, but fought well
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01 Jun 2019 19:38

SafeBet wrote:Result aside, is this his best ever performance in a GT? The way he handled the third week really surprised me, I thought he was going to crack badly either on Tuesday or today.

His best was obviously the Tour 2016. Still think he would have podiumed without that crash. But true, he didn't look good at some days this Giro, but still he was able to fight and limit the losses. Also his climbing style can be quite deceiving as we know, but i doubt that there is a better fighter (or someone being able / wanting to go deeper) than him.
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01 Jun 2019 19:46

Hard not to cheer for him. My back hurts just watching him on a bike, but you have to admire his ability to go through a wall. He has been punching above his weight his entire carreer and defying odds.
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02 Jun 2019 06:09

Been impressed by Mollema. Good form and has ridden a sensible race. Deserves his top five finish.
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13 Jun 2019 20:57

Podium in the Vuelta 2011 :cool:
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13 Jun 2019 20:59

This is literally the most Mollema thing I can think of
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