Bauke Mollema leaves Belkin to join Trek Factory Racing
Last Updated: 05/08/14 8:51am
Trek Factory Racing have signed leading Dutch rider Bauke Mollema on a two-year deal.
Mollema will become one of Trek's team leaders after securing his second successive top 10 finish at the Tour de France last month.
He finished 10th in Paris, after coming home in sixth in 2013, took third place overall in the Tour of Norway and Tour de Suisse as well as securing top-10 finishes in the Fleche Wallonne and Amstel Gold Race Classic races.
“I am very happy with this opportunity with Trek Factory Racing,” Mollema said.
“The team has a great reputation in the peloton and I have had really good talks with Luca Guercilena. I can really feel the trust they have in me.
"The structure of the team is really solid and I like the vision of the management. The bike was also a major factor for me and the standards are obviously really high for a team that is owned by the bike supplier.
“I feel like this team will give me the space to grow as a rider. A new environment and new faces will be good for me, I believe.”
Trek general manager Guercilena added: "Bauke has shown a very consistent development as a GC rider, both in one week races like the Tour de Suisse and Grand Tours.
"He is also a high potential rider for the hilly classics, as he has shown last weekend by taking second place in the Clasica San Sebastian. We believe in him and we want to help him to bolster his talent.”