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Wouter who? A little about the Tour of Qatar’s race leader

  • By Ben Delaney
  • Published Feb. 11, 2010
  • Updated Aug. 15, 2010 at 6:48 PM EDT

Wouter Mol could be headed for his biggest career win this week.

Wouter Mol first popped up on the radar for many North American racing fans when he moved into the gold leader’s jersey at the Tour of Qatar earlier this week. Mol was half of an all-day breakaway that stayed away until the finish on stage 2.

Defending his overall lead for the rest of the week has set him up for the biggest win of his career.

Mol was born in Nibbixwoud, the Netherlands, and lives in Herhugowaard with his girlfriend Bianca. He holds an MBO degree (similar to a bachelor’s) in architecture.

After playing a variety of sports as a kid, he got into amateur racing in 2001, and moved on to smaller teams such as Skil Moser. He joined the Dutch team in 2006 that would become the pro continental outfit Vacansoleil in 2009.

Thus far his other notable results include third in 2006 at Ronde van Drenthe, a UCI 1.1 Dutch race that’s part of the Europe Tour. And last year, he scored a 2nd at Münsterland Giro, a UCI 1.1 German race, and third at Hel van het Mergelland, a UCI 1.1 Dutch race.

After Qatar, his team will head to the nearby Tour of Oman. Then his team has tentative plans for the Tour of Murcia, Three Days of West Flanders, Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico. He doesn’t yet know what his personal race calendar will hold.

“I will have to wait until I get back to Holland to see,” he said. “But I would like to do well in the Belgian spring races.”

On Thursday in Qatar, Tom Boonen said that Mol was certain to win. “It’s going to be impossible to pass him,” Boonen said.

Boonen, a three-time winner of the race, said he was not at all bothered to be beaten by the relative unknown racer.

“He is a strong rider,” Boonen said. “I have known him for a few years, and he has already made a good name for himself.”

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