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Belkin: Keeping one eye on Mont Ventoux

Belkin Pro Cycling Team fought in the first 100 kilometres of the Tour de France stage today to Lyon and relaxed in the second half, keeping one eye on Mont Ventoux tomorrow. After 191 kilometres, the Dutch WorldTour team remains at the top with Bauke Mollema in second and Laurens ten Dam in fifth place.

Tour de France: Quotes following stage 14

Laurens ten Dam
“It was not easy today with the climbs at the start of the stage and almost every team fighting to make it in the escape. Once the escape went, the race settled down for us. My legs are feeling great and I hope to do well tomorrow on Mont Ventoux.”

Robert Gesink
“The breakaway went today and we were able to calm down. With the climbs today, though, it was hard to take it easy. Maybe it looks like we are taking it easy on TV, but it’s hot and hard out there. I’m improving every day, which is great ahead of the mountains.”

Tom Leezer
“It was stressed at the start until the group got away. After the first 100km it settled down for us. It felt like a normal day on the eve of Mont Ventoux. Anyway, we are calm in the team. I noticed some nervousness in the peloton, ahead of the GC guys is a big day and it will sort the top 10 of the race.”

Bauke Mollema
“Today was easy, at least the final. The start was hard, though. It went full gas in the peloton until the escape went. I saw my rivals riding today, but you can’t get an idea of how they’re feeling. They were always in the front, but since it was an easy day, you can’t gauge them. After yesterday, I felt that I recovered well. It was nice to have an easier final today ahead of Mont Ventoux.”

Lars Petter Nordhaug
“I wasn’t feeling good at all from the start. I should’ve been in the breakaway. I was suffering, though, and fighting my way to the front of the peloton to be in the escape. When I was there, it was too late. Anyway, I spent the whole day around Laurens and Bauke, it’s important that we are all relaxed and ready to help them in the GC battle over the next days.

Bram Tankink
“It was hard in the beginning, but we were well placed. I noticed everyone in the group had sore legs from yesterday. We rode in front the whole day; it seemed everyone gave us a little bit more respect after the last few days. We are relaxed, we have done well up to this point and we know that we are all in good shape. I don’t think the team is under any tension ahead of tomorrow’s stage to Mont Ventoux.”

Sep Vanmarcke
“I had a bad yesterday and today, it was hard and I was not recovered so well. The first 100km was pretty hard for me. The second half was better after the group went and it slowed down a bit.”

Maarten Wynants
“There was a lot of hard racing in the first two hours. Once the escape went, the hardest part of the stage was over for us. We stayed next to Bauke when it was going hard. We made sure that he was at the front of the race. Maybe we missed having a man in the breakaway, but you can’t have everything. We have a man second in the GC, which is important.”

Nico Verhoeven
“After 100km, the teams stopped fighting, the 18-man escape went clear and Sky took over. We planned to be in the escape with one guy, but we couldn’t do it. Anyway, the most important goal today was to help Bauke and Laurens. To stay focused on their overall position. We saved energy during a hot day. It wasn’t flat, though, which makes it harder. I think many riders were still feeling tired legs from yesterday.”

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