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Belkin Tour News: Quotes following stage 7

Ready for the mountains

In the seventh stage of the Tour de France, Laurens ten Dam and Lars Petter Nordhaug were slightly injured in a crash. The injuries were minor, however, and both riders expect to be fit for racing tomorrow. They are ready to help Bauke Mollema in the first stage featuring a summit finish.

Tour de France: Quotes following stage 7

Lars Boom
“It was very warm today and when Cannondale set the pace, I knew enough. I was not tip top today and could not join in. Let’s hope that it was a one day thing.”

Laurens ten Dam
“During the spill, I managed to stay upright but another rider crashed into me. After that, I was not all that comfortable on the bike although I could still manage to stay in the first group. I have a small gash on my shin. I’m going to see the osteopath but I am optimistic for tomorrow.”

Robert Gesink
“I have done my efforts for the team today. The last thirty kilometres actually went very well. I got the feeling that I’m getting better and better. I’m really confident for the coming days.”

Tom Leezer
“It seemed like we were riding in an oven. In my opinion humans, and surely Dutchmen, are not meant to race in 35 degrees. On the climb, I could not stay with the first group and I rode the finish in the second.”

Bauke Mollema
“My body was still a little stiff from yesterday’s crash, but it’s not a big deal. With some long climbs, the parcours today was rather challenging. Over the last hundred kilometres, the racing was intense in order to drop some sprinters but I could maintain the pace very well. Tomorrow is the first real test for the classification guys and I am feeling up to it.”

Lars Petter Nordhaug
“Right after the start, I got tangled up in a fall and that was very annoying. I injured my hip and wounded my knee but luckily it’s nothing terribly serious. I could still manage to finish in the first group. I hope with help of a good massage and a look from the osteopath to be good to go for tomorrow.”

Bram Tankink
“I was actually pretty pleased that a large group was left behind. We did not have any advantage in a bunch sprint and all the surrounding chaos. We wanted to get Bauke safely over the finish and we got that done.”

Sep Vanmarcke
“It was a heavy, yet relaxed stage for me. After the category two climb, I basically just followed but the heat made it a challenge. I dumped a water bottle over my head a few times, that was about all I could do.”

Maarten Wynants
“Unfortunately, I could not join in when Cannondale made their move. That was no disaster as Bauke had enough teammates up front and perhaps it was just as well all the same. The finale was far less hectic with only half the peloton sprinting for the finish.”

Nico Verhoeven
“When the guys from Cannondale upped the ante at the category two climb, all the sprinters fell off but we had our five best guys well up front. Our guys that needed to be in the first group were there.”

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