“It's really amazing. I'm so happy to win a stage at the Tour de France. I've worked for it so hard in the last few years. That was a big goal for me. I needed a chance, but a lot of teams wanted to go up the road today. I did the first climb full gas, trying to bridge to the first group. Eventually we made it with 25 guys. That was the first goal. Then I just gave it a try in the last 30km. It was a long time riding alone. It was close to the chases at the end. But I made it! This is the biggest win of my career so far. The Tour de France has always been my dream. I'm incredibly happy.”
Bauke Mollema: “I'm incredibly happy”
interview16.07.2017Stage 15- Laissac-Sévérac l'Église / Le Puy-en-Velay
Bauke Mollema has waited for his seventh participation to the Tour de France to claim his first stage victory one year after stepping down from the second place overall to the eleventh in the last two days in the mountains. Lined up as a domestique for Alberto Contador after finishing seventh in the Giro d'Italia, the 30 year old Dutchman from Trek-Segafredo soloed to victory after the grueling climb to Peyra Taillade. Hampered by a mechanical in a crucial moment of the race, Chris Froome...
“I broke a spoke coming into the bottom of the last climb. My wheel wasn't straight anymore so I think it was a broken spoke but I'm not sure. I'm grateful I was able to come across because it was a critical moment. Thanks to my team mates who helped me, I save myself. Many people were happy to distance Nairo Quintana. We still have difficult roads ahead of us, especially in the Alps. I've had a difficult day in the Pyrenees but I feel much better now. I hope to keep the yellow jersey...
jersey wearers after the stage 18
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