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Gallery: Mollema's solo heroics secure long overdue Trek-Segafredo stage win

Impressive long-range attack from the break proves decisive as the GC contenders look to the Pyrenees

Martin James
11 Jul 2021

It hasn't been the best of years so far for Trek-Segafredo. Going into the 2021 Tour de France, their last win of any consequence was Jasper Stuyven's Milan-San Remo victory back in March.

They really should have done better than second and third on the Mont Ventoux stage through the week after having three riders in the break.

This time, though, Bauke Mollema was not to be denied, producing a 40km solo time-trial to distance some of the most talented riders in the race and win Stage 14 into Quillan yesterday.

In truth this was always going to be a day for a breakaway success. A hilly profile ruled out a bunch sprint finish, and with the Pyrenees looming most of the GC favourites were happy to keep their powder dry for now.

No surprise, then, that there was some serious riding talent in the 13-man break. Aside from Mollema, there was the likes of Michael Woods, Esteban Chaves, Guillaume Martin, Sergio Higuita and Patrik Konrad all eyeing up a potential win.

Which made Mollema's decisive move all the more impressive. He quickly built a lead of a minute over the rest of the break, and maintained it all the way to the line.

Behind him, Guillaume Martin's efforts in joining the break saw him rise all the way to second in the overall standings, with a disinterested peloton ceding all of 5 and a half minutes to the Frenchman.

He'll have his work cut out to stay there over four hard stages in the Pyrenees starting with today's stage into Andorra. And with Tadej Pogacar still four minutes clear in the yellow jersey and riding imperiously, the 2021 Tour remains the Slovenian's to lose.

Here are the pick of Cyclist photographer Chris Auld's images from the day's stage: