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“I think we have a strong team consisting of experienced riders for a first week. I hope they’re not only able to keep me at the front but also help me gaining some time,” Bauke Mollema said.

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26.06.2014 @ 10:00 Posted by Aleksandra Górska

Even though Bauke Mollema experienced a very slow start to 2014, but it seems more and more probable that the Dutch rider times his disposition perfectly for his season’s main objective, as his condition significantly increased in the last weeks preceding the Tour de France.

 

Sixth rider of the 100th edition of the French grand tour didn’t set particular goals for the coming three-week event, but expects to use his strong Belkin squad to gain advantage on other GC contenders in the hectic opening week of competition.

 

“I think we have a strong team consisting of experienced riders for a first week, with men like Sep Vanarcke, Lars Boom, Maarten Wynants and Bram Tankink. I hope they’re not only able to keep me at the front but also help me gaining some time,” Mollema told Cycling.be.

 

“Following the first week of the Tour, I hope I’ll be able to tell what exactly I could target. I think Chris Froome is the big favorite and Alberto Contador his biggest challenger. Behind them, probably it’s going to be quite a battle for the remaining spots within the top ten.”

 

Even though Mollema didn’t have an impressive build-up period, the 27-year Dutchman insists to be stronger then ever while approaching the French grand tour.

 

“I’m not better in climbing or time trialing, but I’m able to generate more power in the decisive moments. Consequently, the former skills probably should get better too.” 

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