9.10.2015

Tour of Alberta Sum Up: Mollema, A.Yates, US Teams and American races

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I finally find the time to write a line about this. Of course I stress the fact that Bauke Mollema won the overall: I follow him since the start and have always bet on his talent. He's a gifted climber and moreover a hardworker. I'm sure that this result will give him morale for his next, more ambicious goals.
But I also notice that Adam Yates won the youth overall and I'm not surprised, are you? He's probably a really gifted rider and had the good luck to find a team willing to really support his development. By the way, Green Edge looks a very nice team as far as 'general mood', a place where you feel good as well as stimulated to improve.
Then I see Slagter and Formolo well placed in the final GC, with a victory by the first one. Team Cannondale - Garmin is looking for a new balance after the merge and the Danielson case of doping. Young guys once more seem the key.
TFR, Cannondale-Garmin here like BMC in US races are showing a change in procycling: US teams used to marginal or to be American just for their main sponsor but firmly based in Europe. It isn't like that anymore: US / Canada races are now important for those teams, more important than traditional European races because here they race in front of their sponsor's costumers. Of course the Worlds in Richmond give a big bust to this process.
The fact remains that transferts to / from America are demanding and stressful for riders who often has got few days to acclimate. 


Bauke Mollema:
“It was a really nice win. It has been a hard week being in the lead all week, and then to finish it off today was really nice. It was still a hard day, we had to ride very, very fast because there was a strong breakaway with three guys from the Hincapie team.
It was not the ideal break for us today [stage 6] because there were two riders that were only 1’20 and 1’40 back on GC. So we had to keep the gap below a minute, and in the last part we had help from other teams. We were pretty sure that it was going to be a sprint, but you never know and in the end it was a good day.
I was ready. I know Slagter is a fast guy and he likes these kinds of climbs. I was in his wheel in this last climb just watching for him and also for Adam Yates. I saw him, he was a little bit nervous, so I was already expecting him to attack and so I was there in the good moment. I think the sprinters’ teams were there to close the gap anyway, but you never know what happens so I had to be there to follow him.
I really have to thank everybody from the team for all their hard work, I think the last three days we have been pulling the entire stage more or less, so that was really hard for the boys and this makes it even nicer when you take the win home.
When we started this week I was not sure about my condition because I had not raced in one month, but the first day in the team time trial I felt really good, really strong, and we did such a good result that I was really starting to believe that I could win this race. The team time trial was for sure the key this week, and why I won, and I am really, really happy with that. It was a great ride from the team, and to start like that in the leader’s jersey was really motivating for everybody. I think it was a bit of a surprise, but that’s the reason I was in the lead for the rest of the week.
It was about time to take a GC victory. I have had a lot of second places, fourth, fifth places in weeklong races and also in Grand Tours, but this is my first GC win since 2007.
It was nice to start the week with the TTT win, and then to finish it off today – I am really happy that I finally won a general classification.” 


RESULTS
Source: http://www.procyclingstats.com/
02.09 Stage 1 (TTT) - Grande Prairie › Grande Prairie Trek Factory Racing MOLLEMA Bauke 19.6
03.09 Stage 2 - Grande Prairie › Grande Prairie MATTHEWS Michael MATTHEWS Michael 171.6
04.09 Stage 3 - Grande Cache › Miette Hotsprings SLAGTER Tom-Jelte MOLLEMA Bauke 181.8
05.09 Stage 4 - Jasper › Jasper SLAGTER Tom-Jelte MOLLEMA Bauke 162.1
06.09 Stage 5 - Edson › Spruce Grove HANSEN Lasse Norman MOLLEMA Bauke 206.2
07.09 Stage 6 - Edmonton › Edmonton ARNDT Nikias 124.1
07.09 General Classification MOLLEMA Bauke
Points Classification MATTHEWS Michael
Mountains Classification PERRY Ben
Youth Classification YATES Adam
Teams Classification Team Cannondale - Garmin

FINAL GC
1 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 20:20:28
2 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:06
3 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:22
4 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:35
5 Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing Team 0:00:39
6 Lasse-Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:08
7 Toms Skujins(Lat) Hincapie Racing Team 0:01:12
8 Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 25 0:01:16
9 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:23
10 Mike Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:01:25

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