Mollema revels in stage victory

11 July 2021 02:17:29 GMTPlus10

Trek Segafredo's Bauke Mollema has won a Tour de France stage for the second time in his career with a superb solo victory in Quillan.

Mollema is a 33/1 shot to win King of the Mountains at Tour de France 2021 with Tadej Pogacar 1/1000 in the outright winner market.

On stage 14 of the Tour de France, Dutch talent Mollema broke clear of the rest of the breakaway with 42 kilometres of the 183.7 kilometres to Quillan remaining and prevailed by more than a minute.

Mollema's previous stage triumph came back in 2017 and he did well to hold off the likes of Michael Woods, Mattia Cattaneo, Patrick Konrad and Sergio Higuita.

It's amazing - I'm super happy.

Bauke Mollema

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It was Konrad who came out on top in the sprint for second spot with Higuita back in third, while Pogacar finished in the peloton and his lead in the general classification is now at just over four minutes.

Stage 15 on Sunday should again suit a breakaway with the final 11.2km descent into Andorra la Vella and it also features the highest point of this year's tour - the Port d'Envalira.

Frenchman Guillaume Martin is up to second overall after coming in as part of the chasing group, going up seven places in the GC standings.

Speaking after the victory, Mollema said: "It's amazing - I'm super happy. I was feeling good so I thought let's go from far.

"I had the confidence I could ride alone and keep going for a long time. Normally I can pace myself really well. When I got to the top of the last climb with 50 seconds I knew I could make it."

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