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Teamwork helps Mollema and Ten Dam march on

Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dam moved to second and fifth overall in the Tour de France. Thanks to the recon by the Sports Directors a few weeks ago, both riders of the Belkin Pro Cycling Team knew they had to be alert in the thirteenth stage. The team’s good planning and teamwork allowed Mollema and Ten Dam to be up in the first group between Tours and Saint-Amand-Monrond. They crossed the line as third and eighth, and gained a minute, nine seconds on leader Chris Froome (Sky).

Tour de France: Quotes following stage 13

Lars Boom
“Today we fully benefited from the fact that the Sports Directors reconned many of the stages, including this one. During our preparation, Weerplaza kept us very specifically informed about the wind, which was great. All details worked in our advantage. Obviously, the mood in the team is very good at the moment.”

Laurens ten Dam
“In the final I had a feeling that Saxo-Tinkoff was up to something. They hadn’t done so much work until then. When they attacked I immediately shouted to Bauke and therefore we were the first to join. The first kilometre was very hard, but when the peloton broke behind, I knew we were in a good spot. It’s great that we gained time on Froome and both gain a spot in the GC. That’s also due to our good preparation.”

Robert Gesink
“I worked hard for Bauke and Laurens, but after 120km I was finished. Looking ahead to the mountain stages, I have a really good feeling. I hope I can do my share of the work there. We’ll see.”

Tom Leezer
“This was a tough day. There were little tactics involved, it was just constantly giving all you have. There was little stress, but it was very painful. It was a matter of taking initiative and ensure that you are in the right echelon, and we did.”

Bauke Mollema
“We did really good work. Laurens and I end up in the first group, but without the help of the guys, we couldn’t have done that. They did a superb job. They kept us at the front of the peloton all the time and it paid off. When Valverde punctured, we were already up front. At that point, we had planned to make an echelon. Later on, we heard Valverde suffered from bad luck. The minute we gained on Froome and the other GC riders is a very nice bonus. It already looked good for me, but it’s only getting better.”

Lars Petter Nordhaug
“I have been at the front of the peloton all day, but with 25 to 30 kilometres to go, I was burned up. It’s not that strange because when you work hard, you get tired after a while. But I’m very glad I could help.”

Bram Tankink
“Our plan came together beautifully. We have experience with these kind of stages and knew that we had to take the initiative because otherwise you get overtaken by events. Thanks to the Sports Directors’ recon, we knew all the important points along the way. They guided us magnificently and that’s very important; in a stage like this you need up to date information.”

Sep Vanmarcke
“This is a beautiful day. Everything went according to plan. We were ready for it and ensured that we were sitting in the front all day long. You can imagine that the atmosphere in the team is great. Everyone is tired, but full of energy.”

Maarten Wynants
“It was war out there, but we did a great job. In the right moments, we were there and we kept riding. It paid off; a few favourites got dropped.”

Merijn Zeeman
“It was a very nice day. We prepared everything into perfection. After hearing our information on the parcours and the weather, the boys decided to attack today. They did a fantastic job. In the car, we supplied them of up to date information. We did a great job, I’d have to say. Together with Weerplaza, who provided us with excellent information on the weather, the knowledge of the parcours after our recon and the power of the riders, we put in a real team effort.”

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