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Belkin Tour News – A good day on Mont Saint-Michel
A good day on Mont Saint-Michel
Bauke Mollema has picked up seven seconds on Alejandro Valverde in the time trial eleventh stage of the Tour de France. The Dutch rider of the Belkin Pro Cycling Team notched the eleventh best time at the finish at Mont-Saint-Michel whilst the Spanish occupant of the place in front of Mollema managed only thirteenth. Laurens ten Dam rode a very good time trial and ended up in 22nd. He slid two places in the GC and will start tomorrow in sixth. The tips from Lars Boom came in handy.

Tour de France: Quotes following stage 11

Lars Boom
“I have the feeling that I rode full out. It went a lot better than the Dutch Championship. In the beginning, I went all out uphill and the same back down. If you dared, you could stay tucked and run eighty kilometres per hour in the descent. That’s what I told Bauke and Lars after my run.”

Laurens ten Dam
“I did better than the Dutch time trial champion. I think that says everything about my performance. It’s really starting to look good now. I’m sixth in the GC and we only have to climb from now on. It will be hard to make up for the time I lost to Contador, but in the Pyrenees I’ve showed I can drop him. I just need to be focussed until we reach Paris.”

Robert Gesink
“I had a very and good ride and enjoyed the enthusiasm from the spectators. I wanted to be the third man in the side to give full gas, but we decided it would be best for me to dial it down a notch. My focus is on the mountains, so a flat time trial does not really play to my strength. This was a day for me to go through the paces.”

Tom Leezer
“You can never take it easy in the time trial, but I certainly did not go full out today. I need to save something for the coming days. The parcours is really beautiful and together with the breathtaking finish town and all those spectators along the way, it was a very special stage.”

Bauke Mollema
“I am extremely satisfied with how it went today. On a flat parcours like this I really did not expect to finish as high as I did. It’s very cool to have ridden faster than Contador for example. There really were not any TT specialists in the top ten of the GC, but my form is at a very nice level and I think that showed again today.”

Lars Petter Nordhaug
“It went fine. I took it as easy as I possibly could, but it was still painful. Naturally, you have to make it in time. I did not want to waste any energy as I am going to have to prove my worth in some of the more challenging stages yet to come.”

Bram Tankink
“I did not have any more problems from my fall on Sunday. It simply went very well. I got off to a quick start so that I could get a good cadence going. In the close, I did ease up a bit although easing up is a very relative statement. With guys like Tony Martin riding you could find yourself on the wrong side of the time limit real quick.”

Sep Vanmarcke
“There were an incredible amount of spectators along the way. Unbelievable. It was really something special to finish with Mont Saint-Michel in the background. The parcours was more difficult than anyone had expected. The first part was up and downhill and it was quite windy. I rode at a good clip but I did try to save a bit of energy.”

Maarten Wynants
“Trying to find the right balance between pace, finishing on time and conserving energy is always a challenge, but it went fine. In the coming days, I need to take good care of the lead men. It was a very attractive time trial – I’ve never seen Mont Saint-Michel before so that made it very special.”

Nico Verhoeven
“We’ve got a very good week and a half of racing behind us. We rode well in the Pyrenees and on the flats and when Bauke rides the second fastest time of the GC riders in the time trial you have to be very satisfied. We were third and fourth and now we are third and sixth but we’ve managed to consolidate our position in the classification. Only two riders have slipped in between Bauke and Laurens and they are no slouches. Laurens on his own merits also rode a heck a of a TT today.”


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