Tour de France: The adventurer Mollema imposes his courage on the first date with the Pyrenees

The Dutchman surprised his fugitive companions on a stage where Pogacar kept his strength before reaching Andorra.

Bauke Mollema celebrates the victory.REUTERS
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Adventurers also deserve an award. They enjoy riding and solo challenges. Efforts against everyone and against themselves. A supreme effort and great mental integrity. Those conditions that I exhibited today Bauke mollema, the 34-year-old climber from the Netherlands, who surprised his fellow escapees with an attack with 40 kilometers to go. Glory for a veteran who has already accumulated 11 appearances on the Tour, with two partial victories.

The corridor of the Trek Segafredo He was the hero of the first day in the Pyrenees, a day of exhaustion in which the strongest of the general reserved energy to face the complicated mountain event on Sunday, ending in Andorra, prior to ascents to Envalira and Beixalis. Pogacar He opted for a conservative strategy and reached Quillan’s goal with 6:54 minutes lost to the winner.

The second great beneficiary of the day was Guillaume Martin, which also escaped and jumped to second place in the general standings and is now 4:04 minutes behind the Slovenian.

The old rockers

It was a day that started at a very high pace, with numerous skirmishes and candidates to part with the company of the platoon. Chris Froome He tried to escape, but you failed. The British already knows that the present will never be like the past and does not get used to living in line. This frenzied Tour is teaching you that the end of the journey is near. In the Israel Team they await news at the conclusion of the French round. Another veteran, Vincenzo Nibali also unsuccessful struggle for escape. Bad times for old rockers.

More toe had Omar friar, that already after the 100 kilometers of stage, he entered a group where, in addition to the aforementioned Mollema and Martin, they also got into Michael Woods, Mattia Cattaneo, Wout poels, Patrick Konrad, Sergio Higuita, Esteban Chaves, Valentin Madouas, lie Gesbert, Quentin pacher, Pierre Rolland Y Louis Meintjes. A good selection of adventurers to face the first peaks of the department of the Eastern Pyrenees.

The bravest was Mollema, who jumped with two passes to go. The leader of the Trek Segafredo, as a good expert, knew how to regulate the effort and 20 kilometers later he had an income of more than a minute on his pursuers. An advantage that he knew how to maintain until the end. A pity for Friar, very active throughout the escape, who could not end the drought of the Spaniards in the Big Boucle. The last victory was his, on matchday 14 of 2018.