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Belkin riders stay out of trouble

Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dam again got through a stage of the Tour de France unscathed. Thanks to terrific work from their teammates, the two leaders of the Belkin Pro Cycling Team didn’t have to put in any unnecessary efforts in stage 12 between Fougères and Tours.

Tour de France: Quotes following stage 12

Lars Boom
“I kept Bauke and Laurens out of the wind today. With their good performances they really reward us for the work we do, which is amazing. In the mountains and the time trial, they truly delivered.”

Laurens ten Dam
“I’m super happy with how the team supports Bauke and me. I cannot say this enough. So far it’s been perfect. They drop us off at the front of the pack in the perfect spots and the peloton accepts Belkin as one of the dominant teams. They always give us enough space when we move forward.”

Robert Gesink
“It was a good day. I had nothing to worry about. We had to ride very fast to catch the breakaway. It was a long stage, but I didn’t waste much energy.”

Tom Leezer
“Yesterday in the time trial I took it easy, partly because of that I felt really good today. In the crucial moments, I piloted Bauke to the front of the peloton so that he had nothing to be afraid of.”

Bauke Mollema
“There was little to gain today. That goes for tomorrow and the day after tomorrow too. In this kind of stage, it’s all about staying on your bike. As a team we are very sharp this Tour. We do not ride at the front all the time, but we try to be there at the crucial points. The rest of the time it’s a matter of saving power in the pack.”

Lars Petter Nordhaug
“For me it was a boring day! I’m a waiting for the somewhat more difficult stages, so I can do my work and maybe attack.”

Bram Tankink
“In the final, we managed to keep Bauke and Laurens away from the crash. After the three-kilometre to go sign, we moved back to the tail of the peloton so that we were able to brake in time.”

Sep Vanmarcke
“Unfortunately, I couldn’t avoid the crash in the final. I ended up a pile of riders, but I’m happy the damage is minor. My neck hurts a little, but I’m okay.”

Maarten Wynants
“Towards the last three kilometres, I headed to the front of the peloton with Bauke. When we passed the marker, we took it easy and that’s been our luck, even if the crash happened right around us.”

Nico Verhoeven
“We had a pretty good day. Merijn Zeeman and Mathieu Heijboer did a recon on this stage weeks ago and so we knew the tricky points along the way. We also knew we did not have to fear echelons forming; the roads weren’t open enough. That saved us a lot of stress. The team is working together very well. We have boys with different qualities. Today, Sep, Maarten, Lars, Tom and Bram did their work and hills, we can count on Lars Petter and Robert. I’m very happy so far.”

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