Pukki Mullima finished fourth in the Clasica San Sebastian on Saturday and booked 10th in the one-day Spanish race behind winner Remco Evenpoel. The 35-year-old Trek-Segafredo rider is already looking forward to the Cycling World Championships in Australia, where he hopes to be able to start both a road race and a time trial.
Mollema performed well again in the Spanish competition which he won in 2016. He also finished second twice and third once. “The top 10 in a row show how I feel about the Clasica well,” the cyclist said of the race on his team’s website. “I was confident that I would be able to do well again. I finished the Tour de France in good shape and knew from the first kilometers that the feeling was good.”
After a short rest, the rider will be working towards the cyclist world championships in Australia. “I will take a short break for two weeks and then I will start my training at the end of the season. I will return to the Tour of Germany at the end of August and I hope to be selected for the World Cup as well. And then I will go back to Italy for the fall classics.”
Mollema wants to take action twice in the World Cup, not only in the road race, but also the test of time. He took the Dutch title in time trial for the first time in June by defeating Tom Dumoulin, among others, and also impressed with a sixth place in trial on the penultimate day of the Tour de France. “I don’t hide the fact that I would like to drive both races, but let’s respect that that decision is up to the national coach.”
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