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Belkin: Great Teamwork in stage 9

In the frenzied ninth stage of the Tour de France, Team Belkin put their best foot forward once again. Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dam, thanks to the help of Robert Gesink, climbed in the General Classification to the third and fourth place respectively.

Tour de France: Quotes following stage 9

Lars Boom
“Of my three Tours, this was the toughest day yet. Right from the start, the racing was intense and with five mountain passes and the warm weather, it was no picnic. It was survival, but I ended up finishing well within the time.”

Laurens ten Dam
“Porte was done fairly early in the stage and I was okay with that. Now I am fourth. I did not expect that going in, although I have to say that last year, I finished eighth in the Vuelta and there were a lot of riders there who I am racing with now. It’s going really well – I hope we can keep it up.”

Robert Gesink
“In the finale, I tried to chase down Martin and Fuglsang as we were eyeing a stage win with Bauke. Unfortunately, I did not get any help from the other teams. I am happy that I am back on a good level and that I can play a role for the guys. That gives me a lot of pleasure.”

Tom Leezer
“This was one of the most challenging days of my career. We had to ride a very challenging parcours, the tempo was treacherous right out of the blocks and it was very warm. Ultimately, everything worked out but it was indeed painful.”

Bauke Mollema
“I had to really gut it out, but the third place result is a fitting reward. It’s been a good weekend. It seems I rank up there with the best climbers in the Tour. I hope we can keep it up for two more weeks. We’re not only getting good work of the guys in the mountains, but our guys for the flats are performing admirably as well. We’re running very well as a team.”

Lars Petter Nordhaug
“I wasn’t able to make the connection with the first group. I heard via the radio that the guys were doing well and whilst that did not give me any extra power, I was glad to hear the news. I am looking forward to the rest day tomorrow.”

Bram Tankink
“In the descent following the second climb, I was just about to rejoin the first group after I had flatted but then I took a spill. I got cut off by a motorcycle. Going sixty kilometres per hour, I had to deviate from my line and could not make the turn. My shoulder and hip are giving me trouble but I don’t have too much pain. I feel very good and I hope that this fall does not affect the good form I have been enjoying. With the rest day off tomorrow and a few easier stages thereafter, I think I should be fine.”

Sep Vanmarcke
“I think that everyone is pretty exhausted after this tough stage. I started as one of the last on the first mountain pass, but I managed to keep a fairly constant tempo and passed up other riders the whole day. It was a case of getting through it, but I am satisfied with how my legs held up.”

Maarten Wynants
“It looked a juniors race today: right from the start, full gas. My priority was to finish within the time limit. It was a struggle, but I managed. After today’s racing, the rest day will be very welcome indeed.”

Nico Verhoeven
“The race exploded in the beginning and as Sky wanted to control, they ended up chasing their own tails and Porte had to pull back. Movistar took the initiative whereby Porte could not get back in the mix. That worked out great for us as we moved up in the classification. With a third and fourth place, we’ll head to the rest day with a very good feeling.”

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