Victims always know a fan stage, the question is how many there are and who. Cees Bol quickly saw his chances of a sprint victory go up in smoke and Bauke Mollema was also among the losers of the day on Friday. He started the day with thirteen seconds behind rider Adam Yates, who was 1.34 after the finish.
“Losing a minute and twenty seconds is too much in such a ride, but it’s not too bad,” Mollema puts into perspective. “Then we haven’t lost much in the last ten kilometers. But it’s just a shame.”
“I was just going too far
Mollema was surprised at over thirty kilometers from the finish by a break in the peloton. Tadej Pogacar (third in the classification) and his teammate Richie Porte also lost time in the group with Yates, Tom Dumoulin and Primoz Roglic. “I was just too far at the point where it broke,” said Mollema.
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Dumoulin and the other Jumbo-Visma riders knew where the peloton could break, Mollema was unaware. “Unfortunately we didn’t know about it, otherwise I would have been a bit further from the front. Luckily for me and Richie Pogacar and Mikel Landa were with us, because of that we rode a hard pace till the finish”
Mollema’s squad leader Steven de Jongh hated losing time. “That’s not fun and that doesn’t make us happy.”
His team Trek will have a chance to catch up next weekend in the Pyrenees. De Jongh: “If the chance is there, you want to make up time every day. That seems clear to me.”
“Unfortunately, a beautiful race
Sunweb sprinter Bol lost the connection with the first group early in the stage when the Bora-Hansgrohe riders increased the pace. And so the chance of a possible stage victory was gone.
“They pulled the fan on the climb, we were all unloaded. I rode as fast as I could, but it wasn’t hard enough. Unfortunately, they made a nice race of it.”
The hope of coming back in the first group gave up Bol between the climbs. “I had little idea how far we rode behind them. When we only lost time in the valley, it was clear.”