The all-round specialist


Cycling is a sport that favours specialist­s, which is why sprinters and climbers win so many races. However, there is a place for everybody, and when a rider has a different combinatio­n of strengths, there are still wins to be had. Bauke Mollema’s primary strength is his climbing and consistenc­y, but he also has good tactical awareness and tenacity. This combinatio­n has meant that though he has not won prolifical­ly, he has achieved a very strong set of results in all kinds of races. He’s finished on the podium of grand tours and week-long stage races, and won major one-day races. He’s also taken grand tour stages and generally on more lumpy terrain than mountainou­s, but that’s where his grit has come in. However his consistenc­y is the most notable thing about his palmarès - he’s achieved top 10s in 49 different events, just counting stage race GCs and one-day races. And he’s showing no sign of slowing - at 34, he’s currently ranked 11th by Procycling­, his highest ever position.

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