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2022 Challenge Illes Balears-Volta Ciclista a Mallorca (5 x 1.1)

31st edition: January 26-30, 2022

Complete results

Challenge Illes Balears podium history | 2021 edition | 2022 edition

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The Challenge Illes Balears/Ciclista Mallorca has historically been a series of four 1.1 races held in late January-early February on the Balearic Islands in the western Mediterranean sea.

For 2022 there are five races.

While each race is an independent 1.1 ranked competition, until 2010 there was a General Classification for an overall winner as well.

The 2021 edition was postponed to mid-May from its original planned schedule of January 28-31 because of an outbreak of Covid-19.

Race 1: Trofeo Calvia | Race 2: Trofeo Alcúdia
Race 3: Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana | Race 4: Trofeo Pollança-Port d'Andratx | Race 5: Trofeo Playa de Palma


Sunday, January 30: Race 5, Trofeo Playa de Palma (s'Arenal-Palma), 169.1 km

Arnaud De Lie wins in Palma. Photo: mfpaloumedia

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Weather at the finish city of Palma at 2:30 PM, local time:16C (61F), sunny, with the wind from the southwest at 21 km/hr (13 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from winner Arnaud De Lie's Lotto-Soudal team.

Lotto Soudal rider Arnaud De Lie has immediately taken his first professional victory on the island on Mallorca. The 19-year-old Belgian neo-pro, who stepped up from the Lotto Soudal Development Team this season, was the fastest at the end of the Trofeo Palma, the closing race of the five-day Challenge Mallorca. During a bunch kick, it was De Lie who launched an impressive sprint and beat the Colombian Juan Sebastián Molano and the Belgian Sasha Weemaes.

The Challenge Mallorca drew to a close today with the Trofeo Palma. On a relatively flat course, the race was announced as one for the fast guys. However, the Coll de Sa Creu, at 35 kilometres from the finish caused some splits in the bunch. Eventually, the gaps remained small, the peloton came together again and a sprint took place in the streets of Palma de Mallorca. It was Lotto Soudal rider Arnaud De Lie who emerged victorious in only his third race as a pro.

“I am lost for words, it is just unbelievable to take my first pro victory during my third race as a professional cyclist”, begins Arnaud De Lie, “The team believed in my chances today. It didn’t cause stress, but I obviously wanted to do the best I could. Thanks to fantastic team work, I reached the summit of the final climb in a perfect position. Afterwards, my teammates rode their hearts out to keep me on the front rows of the bunch. I was also lucky with Michael Schwarzmann at my side, who guided me perfectly during the final kilometres. During the sprint, I chose the right wheels I suppose and I could take my first pro victory.”

After the Trofeo Palma, Arnaud immediately showed his gratitude towards his teammates. “I finished the job in the sprint, but this really is a team victory. My teammates assisted me perfectly in the final, from the run-up to the final climb until the line. I am very grateful for all the work they did today.”

With victories in the Trofeo Tramuntana and Trofeo Palma, Lotto Soudal can look back on a successful start of the season on the island of Mallorca.

Complete results:

169.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.288 km/hr.

1 DE LIE, Arnaud LOTTO SOUDAL 3hr 54min 23sec
2 MOLANO, Juan S. UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
3 WEEMAES, Sasha SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
4 HOFSTETTER, Hugo TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
5 COLNAGHI, Luca BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
6 MATTHEWS, Michael TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
7 NIZZOLO, Giacomo ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
8 FIORELLI, Filippo BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
9 MOSCHETTI, Matteo TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
10 WALSCHEID, Maximilian COFIDIS s.t.
11 PEÑALVER, Manuel BURGOS-BH s.t.
12 JONES, Taj ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
13 ALLEGAERT, Piet COFIDIS s.t.
14 KRISTOFF, Alexander INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
15 GARCIA, Ivan MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
16 BURCHIO, Federico WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
17 GIRMAY, Biniam INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
18 LOUVEL, Matis TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
19 VENCHIARUTTI, Nicola WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
20 WALLS, Matthew BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
21 PELEGRI, Oscar BURGOS-BH s.t.
22 SOTO, Antonio Jesus EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
23 JAIME, Alex EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
24 ACKERMANN, Pascal UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
25 EZQUERRA, Jesus BURGOS-BH s.t.
26 BARBIER, Rudy ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
27 ZAMBELLI, Samuele WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
28 HESTERS, Jules SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
29 LIEPINS, Emils TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
30 PASQUALON, Andrea INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT @ 8sec
31 PETIT, Adrien INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
32 MARENGO, Umberto DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
33 SCHUERMANS, Jens BEAT CYCLING 0:12
34 GOIKOETXEA, Peio EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
35 PONOMAR, Andrii DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
36 BIERMANS, Jenthe ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
37 PETERS, Nans AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
38 BOUTS, Jordy BEAT CYCLING s.t.
39 PRADES, Eduard CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
40 WILLEMS, Thimo MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
41 MAS, Luis MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
42 MAZZUCCO, Fabio BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
43 GOLDSTEIN, Omer ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
44 BORRA, Gilles MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
45 GARCIA, Raul EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
46 HOYOS, Juan Diego ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
47 TORRES, Edwin Yair JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO s.t.
48 HOLLMANN, Juri MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
49 CARRETTA, Ricardo WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
50 VERWILST, Aaron SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
51 PELLAUD, Simon TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
52 BALLESTEROS, Miguel A. ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
53 BATTAGLIN, Enrico BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
54 HÄNNINEN, Jaakko AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
55 LONARDI, Giovanni EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
56 HOLLENSTEIN, Reto ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
57 GIBBONS, Ryan UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
58 ETXEBERRIA, Asier EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
59 JOSEPH, Thomas MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
60 MODOLO, Sacha BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
61 ALBANESE, Vincenzo EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
62 AMEZQUETA, Julen CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
63 MAESTRI, Mirco EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
64 VAN HOECKE, Gijs AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
65 PARRA, Jose F. EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
66 MCNULTY, Brandon UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
67 TORRES, Albert MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
68 SERRANO, Gonzalo MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
69 HOYOS, Daniel David ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS 0:23
70 ESTELRICH, Mateu ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
71 UMBA, Abner S. DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
72 MURGUIALDAY, Jokin CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
73 PEREZ-LANDA., Eduardo MANUELA FUNDACION s.t.
74 BAKELANTS, Jan INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
75 MADRAZO, Angel BURGOS-BH s.t.
76 ARRIETA, Igor EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
77 APARICIO, Mario BURGOS-BH s.t.
78 RAVANELLI, Simone DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
79 BAIS, Mattia DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
80 RODRIGUES, André COFIDIS s.t.
81 SANCHEZ, Pelayo BURGOS-BH s.t.
82 VLASOV, Aleksandr BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
83 POLITT, Nils BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
84 BARTA, William MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
85 ZANDRI, Francesco WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
86 GABBURO, Davide BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
87 VAN MELSEN, Kevin INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
88 BENEDETTI, Cesare BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
89 SCHWARZMANN, Michael LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
90 HALLER, Marco BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
91 HOOLE, Daan TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
92 ZOCCARATO, Samuele BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
93 DENS, Tuur SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
94 VAUQUELIN, Kevin TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
95 PÖSTLBERGER, Lukas BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
96 FINE, Eddy COFIDIS s.t.
97 GUGLIELMI, Simon TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
98 BRAET, Vito SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
99 ARDILA, Andres C. UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
100 OWSIAN, Lukasz TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
101 MARTIN, Sergio R. CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA 0:40
102 MOSCA, Jacopo TREK-SEGAFREDO 0:42
103 HARDY, Romain TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC 0:44
104 POLANC, Jan UAE TEAM EMIRATES 0:47
105 LUCCA, Riccardo WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA 0:49
106 BENNASSAR, Joan Marti MANUELA FUNDACION 0:50
107 VILLELLA, Davide COFIDIS 0:53
108 GESCHKE, Simon COFIDIS 0:57
109 BERWICK, Sebastian ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
110 ISASA, Xabier EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 1:16
111 SOLER, Marc UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
112 VANBILSEN, Kenneth COFIDIS s.t.
113 VERSCHAEVE, Viktor LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
114 VANHOUCKE, Harm LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
115 GHYS, Robbe SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE 1:38
116 COLLEONI, Kevin TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 2:12
117 HOWSON, Damien TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 2:16
118 HOLMES, Matthew LOTTO SOUDAL 2:58
119 KRON, Andreas LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
120 CANELLAS, Xavi JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO 3:01
121 SMITH, Dion TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 3:35
122 FRETIN, Milan SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
123 ISHIHARA, Yuki JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO 4:13
124 VANDEVELDE, Yentl MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
125 BOONS, Jente BEAT CYCLING s.t.
126 VAN DYCK, Jarne MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
127 DISSEL, Bram BEAT CYCLING s.t.
128 GROSU, Eduard-michael DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
129 HAVIK, Yoeri BEAT CYCLING s.t.
130 MILTIADIS, Andreas JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO s.t.
131 AZPARREN, Xabier M. EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
132 IRIBAR, Unai EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
133 ROTA, Raul MANUELA FUNDACION s.t.
134 ETXEBERRIA, Josu CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
135 CANTON, Isaac MANUELA FUNDACION s.t.
136 OKAMIKA, Ander BURGOS-BH s.t.
137 ARVANITOU, Nikiforos JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO 6:59
138 IRIZAR, Julen EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 8:02
139 JURADO, Marcos ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
140 ARMSTRONG, Thomas ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
141 SWEENY, Harrison LOTTO SOUDAL 9:42
142 DECKERS, Angel MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
143 MARTORELL, Erik MANUELA FUNDACION s.t.
144 MESA, Santiago MANUELA FUNDACION s.t.
145 WANDAHL, Frederik BORA-HANSGROHE 10:55
146 PATIES, Eric WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
147 HOPPEZAK, Vincent BEAT CYCLING s.t.
148 VIEGAS, Daniel EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
149 RIVI, Samuele EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
150 ROSA, Diego EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
151 SEVILLA, Diego P. EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.

Saturday, January 29: Race 4, Trofeo Pollança-Andratx (Pollança-Port d'Andratx), 170.1 km

Almost 42 years old, Alejandro Valverde shows the youngsters how to race. Gomez Sport photo

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Weather at the finish city of Port d'Andratx at 2:30 PM, local time: 16C (50F), sunny, with the wind from the north at 16 km/hr (10 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from winner Alejandro Valverde's Team Movistar.

The best possible way to crown a splendid first week of racing in 2022 for Alejandro Valverde and the Movistar Team came on Saturday at the Trofeo Pollença – Port d’Andratx, the fourth race of the Challenge Mallorca, with ‘Bala’ winning on the tough slopes of the Mon Port hill to open the Telefónica-backed squad’s account of this season.

Fully aware of the strong chances by Alejandro -already 6th, on Wednesday, and 2nd, on Friday, their two 2022 appearances to date- over a finish with 2km at 8% average gradient, the roster here directed by Patxi Vila worked for Valverde from start to finish. The early pacing from Matteo Jorgenson and Lluís Mas and the efforts from Serrano -who sustained a crash, with no big consequences, near the end- and Rubio, going after every move before the decisive climb, were completed by an excellent Enric Mas and Iván Sosa. While the Spaniard forced other teams to chase with some moves before the climb, both Enric and Iván would drive the pace on the final slopes for ‘Bala’ to do what he loves: finishing things off.

Outsprinting Brandon McNulty (UAD, 2nd) and Alexander Vlasov (BOH, 3rd), Alejandro notched up the 131st victory of his career and got the Movistar Team to just four wins short of 1,000 with their professional squads since 1980. A success achieved almost two decades after his pro victory, which confirms – if there was any sort of doubt about it – he will retire on top of his game

Alejandro Valverde:
“The whole team was excellent today. We tried to keep the race always as much under control as possible, and the team worked perfectly well. We had to tackle this Andratx climb at a strong pace to try and drop those faster legs still into the group. We succeeded at distancing Matthews, the strongest sprinter in the group, but I saw him trying to come back with 250, 300 meters to go, and that’s where I launched my sprint before he bridged back – and I could manage to take it.

“To me, every race will be a tribute already. I’m really thankful to the organisers for the recognition they gave me this morning at the start – I hope I was able to pay them back and thank them enough with this win. It’s the best way to bid farewell to this race, with two podiums, one victory – and now I’m already thinking about Valencia, the next one!

“More than age, for me the key thing is that it’s already 20 years for me at the highest level in the pro peloton. It’s something so difficult to achieve, both physically and especially on the psychological standpoint, I’m really surprised to continue doing well. When I was younger, I stated that I thought I wouldn’t be in the peloton when I reached 34 – now I’m turning 42 in April, and I’m still racing, and winning.

“I want to offer this victory to two really important men. The first one is Egan Bernal. All of my support goes out to him, hoping that his recovery goes well and we can see him doing fine as soon as possible. And then, to Juan Carlos Unzué. His example of strength, optimism, fighting spirit over the last few months has been invaluable, to everyone in this team particularly. A big hug goes to both, hoping that we can see each other soon.”

Complete results:

170.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.050 km/hr.

1 VALVERDE, Alejandro MOVISTAR TEAM 4hr 14min 50sec
2 MCNULTY, Brandon UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
3 VLASOV, Aleksandr BORA-HANSGROHE @ 3sec
4 MATTHEWS, Michael TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 0:06
5 GALL, Felix AG2R CITROEN TEAM 0:10
6 CLARKE, Simon ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
7 GESBERT, Elie TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
8 WELLENS, Tim LOTTO SOUDAL 0:13
9 GOOSSENS, Kobe INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT 0:19
10 GESCHKE, Simon COFIDIS 0:28
11 SOSA, Ivan R. MOVISTAR TEAM 0:29
12 MAS, Enric MOVISTAR TEAM 0:32
13 BIZKARRA, Mikel EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 0:35
14 BARGUIL, Warren TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC 0:39
15 VILLELLA, Davide COFIDIS s.t.
16 BUCHMANN, Emanuel BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
17 RUBIO, Einer Augusto MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
18 PETERS, Nans AG2R CITROEN TEAM 0:47
19 GIRMAY, Biniam INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
20 PARRA, Jose F. EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
21 FLOREZ, Miguel E. TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC 0:52
22 MARTIN, Gotzon EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 0:56
23 ZANA, Filippo BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
24 PICCOLI, James ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
25 KRON, Andreas LOTTO SOUDAL 0:58
26 PELLAUD, Simon TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
27 MATE, Luis A. EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 1:02
28 SEPULVEDA, Eduardo DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI 1:09
29 GUGLIELMI, Simon TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC 1:28
30 OWSIAN, Lukasz TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC 1:36
31 BERRADE, Urko EQUIPO KERN PHARMA 1:39
32 BAKELANTS, Jan INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT 1:51
33 CARRETERO, Hector EQUIPO KERN PHARMA 1:53
34 ALBANESE, Vincenzo EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM 2:02
35 VLIEGEN, Loïc INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT 2:09
36 PARET PEINTRE, Valentin AG2R CITROEN TEAM 2:39
37 HOLMES, Matthew LOTTO SOUDAL 3:24
38 VANHOUCKE, Harm LOTTO SOUDAL 4:18
39 WANDAHL, Frederik BORA-HANSGROHE 4:43
40 KONRAD, Patrick BORA-HANSGROHE 4:43
41 SOLER, Marc UAE TEAM EMIRATES 6:20
42 HERRADA, Jose COFIDIS 6:29
43 RAVANELLI, Simone DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
44 MARTIN, Sergio R. CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
45 SCHUERMANS, Jens BEAT CYCLING s.t.
46 SANCHEZ, Pelayo BURGOS-BH s.t.
47 HÄNNINEN, Jaakko AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
48 ARRIETA, Igor EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
49 BAIS, Davide EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
50 GAVAZZI, Francesco EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
51 NIEVE, Mikel CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA 6:38
52 TIBERI, Antonio TREK-SEGAFREDO 6:44
53 GOLDSTEIN, Omer ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
54 ARAIZ, Sergio EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
55 JENSEN, Christopher TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
56 AMEZQUETA, Julen CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA 6:53
57 AGIRRE, Jon EQUIPO KERN PHARMA 6:58
58 GHYS, Robbe SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
59 DELAPLACE, Anthony TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC 7:11
60 LASTRA, Jonathan CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
61 HERRADA, Jesus COFIDIS 7:18
62 MOSCA, Jacopo TREK-SEGAFREDO 8:25
63 ARDILA, Andres C. UAE TEAM EMIRATES 7:59
64 SOTO, Antonio Jesus EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 8:40
65 MARENGO, Umberto DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI 9:59
66 MAS, Luis G. MOVISTAR TEAM 11:20
67 SEVILLA, Diego P. EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
68 POLITT, Nils BORA-HANSGROHE 11:28
69 UMBA, Abner S. DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI 11:56
70 HOWSON, Damien TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 12:16
71 HUYS, Laurens INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT 12:50
72 PONSAERTS, Thibaut MINERVA CYCLING TEAM 17:28
73 ESTELRICH, Mateu ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
74 BALLESTEROS, Miguel A. ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
75 FRETIN, Milan SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
76 VAN SCHOOR, Matthew MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
77 PALZER, Anton BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
78 HOYOS, Daniel David ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
79 BONNEU, Kamiel SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
80 ZURITA, Ricardo DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
81 PIRA, Albeiro Yesid CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
82 PEÁK, Barnabás INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
83 MERTENS, Julian SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
84 RODRIGUES, André COFIDIS s.t.
85 CHAMPION, Thomas COFIDIS s.t.
86 BOUTS, Jordy BEAT CYCLING s.t.
87 MALECKI, Kamil LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
88 COVILI, Luca BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
89 LUHRS, Luis-joe BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
90 VERWILST, Aaron SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
91 GINESTRA, Lorenzo WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
92 ROSA, Diego EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
93 ROPERO, Alejandro EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
94 HOLLENSTEIN, Reto ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
95 GABBURO, Davide BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
96 OKAMIKA, Ander BURGOS-BH s.t.
97 MILLER, Barry JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO s.t.
98 GURRUTXAGA, Gaizka JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO s.t.
99 ARMSTRONG, Thomas ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
100 MORENO, Adria BURGOS-BH s.t.
101 MILTIADIS, Andreas JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO s.t.
102 ARMEE, Sander COFIDIS s.t.
103 VAN MELSEN, Kevin INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT 17:33
104 BALLARIN, Iker EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 17:35
105 ZARDINI, Edoardo DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
106 VAN PRAET, Robbe MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
107 VERSCHAEVE, Viktor LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
108 SAVER, Kasper MINERVA CYCLING TEAM 17:43
109 APERS, Ruben SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
110 SCHLEGEL, Michal CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
111 APARICIO, Mario BURGOS-BH 17:44
112 MORENO, Ivan EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
113 BAUER, Jack TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
114 POLANC, Jan UAE TEAM EMIRATES 17:48
115 JURADO, Marcos ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS 17:56
116 JOSEPH, Thomas MINERVA CYCLING TEAM 18:03
117 KAMP, Alexander TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
118 VAN HOECKE, Gijs AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
119 BATTAGLIN, Enrico BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' 18:07
120 MADRAZO, Angel BURGOS-BH 18:18
121 MURGUIALDAY, Jokin CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA 18:20
122 ISASA, Xabier EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
123 AZPARREN, Xabier M. EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
124 SWEENY, Harrison LOTTO SOUDAL 18:23
125 TORRES, Edwin Yair JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO 18:35
126 HOYOS, Juan Diego ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS 18:38
127 COLLEONI, Kevin TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 18:49
128 RIVI, Samuele EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
129 JORGENSON, Matteo MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
130 DAEMEN, Stijn BEAT CYCLING 19:02
131 ROTA, Raul MANUELA FUNDACION 19:19
132 DE PESTEL, Sander SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE 19:30

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Friday, January 28: Race 3:Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana (Lloseta-Lloseta), 158.9 km

Tim Wellens beats Alejandro Valverde to the line.

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The race: Here's the report from winner Tim Wellens' Lotto-Soudal team.

Tim Wellens already proved 3 times that the Trofeo Tramuntana suits him perfectly. Therefore the 30-year-old hill specialist showed up at the starting line again this year with great confidence. A 6-man breakaway left early in the race. The Coll Femenis, Coll Orient and Coll Seller made it a tough day and the break was reeled in before the Puig Major, the most difficult climb of the day. There the peloton was smashed into pieces. A group of 7 riders reached the top first, among them was Tim Wellens for Lotto Soudal.

In the downhill there were different attacks, but in the end it all came down to a sprint with 7. Tim Wellens came out of the last corner first and could hold off Alejandro Valverde in the final stretch. After 3 solo victories, the Lotto Soudal rider adds a sprint victory in the Trofeo Tramuntana to his palmares.

“On the Puig Major the pace was very high, but I managed to hold on”, Tim Wellens said right after the finish line. “Afterwards, there were some attacks, but nobody could get away. Because I knew the finish, I knew I had to be first or second after the final turn. I came out first and managed to hold it to the finishline.”

After a fourth place during the first day of this Mallorca Challenge, Tim Wellens skipped the Trofeo Alcudia on Thursday, to get a win on Friday at the Trofeo Tramuntana. “I have felt very good since the moment we started racing here. During training, it might not have been that great, but after I had pinned those first numbers, I have felt very good.”

Complete results:

158.9 kilometers raced at an average speed of 37.753 km/hr

1 WELLENS, Tim LOTTO SOUDAL 4hr 12min 32sec
2 VALVERDE, Alejandro MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
3 CLARKE, Simon ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
4 MCNULTY, Brandon UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
5 GOOSSENS, Kobe INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
6 BUCHMANN, Emanuel BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
7 MAS, Enric MOVISTAR TEAM @ 14sec
8 BARGUIL, Warren TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
9 ZWIEHOFF, Ben BORA-HANSGROHE 0:19
10 GALL, Felix AG2R CITROEN 1:52
11 HOOLE, Daan TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
12 GIBBONS, Ryan UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
13 VILLELLA, Davide COFIDIS s.t.
14 WANDAHL, Frederik BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
15 ALBANESE, Vincenzo EOLO-KOMETA s.t.
16 BAKELANTS, Jan INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
17 MARTIN, Gotzon EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 1:55
18 COLLEONI, Kevin BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
19 HERRADA, Jesus COFIDIS s.t.
20 JORGENSON, Matteo MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
21 GARCIA, Raul EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
22 ZANA, Filippo BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
23 PETERS, Nans AG2R CITROEN s.t.
24 LASTRA, Jonathan CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
25 GESCHKE, Simon COFIDIS s.t.
26 PICCOLI, James ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH 1:58
27 BERRADE, Urko EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
28 SCHLEGEL, Michal CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
29 GESBERT, Elie TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
30 ZOCCARATO, Samuele BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
31 ARDILA, Andres C. UAE TEAM EMIRATES 2:01
32 ETXEBERRIA, Asier EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
33 ARRIETA, Igor EQUIPO KERN PHARMA 2:03
34 BIZKARRA, Mikel EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 2:14
35 UMBA, Abner S. DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
36 BERWICK, Sebastian ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH 2:22
37 HERMANS, Ben ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH 2:36
38 VANHOUCKE, Harm LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
39 SOSA, Ivan R. MOVISTAR TEAM 2:49
40 MORENO, Adria BURGOS-BH 2:56
41 JENSEN, Christopher BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 4:11
42 ROSA, Diego EOLO-KOMETA 7:07
43 HÄNNINEN, Jaakko AG2R CITROEN s.t.
44 MÜHLBERGER, Gregor MOVISTAR TEAM 7:35
45 COVILI, Luca BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' 7:47
46 AGIRRE, Jon EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
47 ARMSTRONG, Thomas ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS 8:50
48 NIV, Guy ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
49 OKAMIKA, Ander BURGOS-BH s.t.
50 COVI, Alessandro UAE TEAM EMIRATES 8:53
51 BAIS, Mattia DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
52 BAIS, Davide EOLO-KOMETA s.t.
53 DELAPLACE, Anthony TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
54 GAVAZZI, Francesco EOLO-KOMETA s.t.
55 GARCIA, Sergio EOLO-KOMETA s.t.
56 MATE, Luis A. EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
57 PONSAERTS, Thibaut MINERVA CYCLING TEAM 11:04
58 APERS, Ruben SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE 11:10
59 EL GOUZI, Omar BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
60 ESTELRICH, Mateu ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS 11:48
61 SAVER, Kasper MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
62 DEBAELE, Jorre MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
63 TIBERI, Antonio TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
64 PONOMAR, Andrii DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
65 SCHUERMANS, Jens BEAT CYCLING s.t.
66 ZARDINI, Edoardo DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
67 PASQUALON, Andrea INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
68 OWSIAN, Lukasz TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
69 VERWILST, Aaron SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
70 VAUQUELIN, Kevin TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
71 BENEDETTI, Cesare BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
72 BORTOLUZZI, Giovanni WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
73 DAEMEN, Stijn BEAT CYCLING s.t.
74 HOYOS, Daniel David ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
75 JIMENEZ, Daniel MANUELA FUNDACION s.t.
76 MADRAZO, Angel BURGOS-BH 11:53
77 HERRADA, Jose COFIDIS s.t.
78 PARRA, Jose F. EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
79 ARMEE, Sander COFIDIS s.t.
80 NIEVE, Mikel CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
81 IRIBAR, Unai EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
82 SERRANO, Gonzalo MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
83 HUYS, Laurens INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
84 MURGUIALDAY, Jokin CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
85 VERSCHAEVE, Viktor LOTTO SOUDAL 14:17
86 PALZER, Anton BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
87 BIERMANS, Jenthe ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
88 HOLLENSTEIN, Reto ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
89 CHAMPION, Thomas COFIDIS s.t.
90 TORRES, Albert MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
91 FINE, Eddy COFIDIS s.t.
92 DE PESTEL, Sander SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
93 SEPULVEDA, Eduardo DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
94 BURCHIO, Federico WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
95 LIEPINS, Emils TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
96 VAN SCHOOR, Matthew MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
97 GOIKOETXEA, Peio EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
98 MOSCA, Jacopo TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
99 MORENO, Ivan EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
100 PRADES, Eduard CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
101 VISCONTI, Giovanni BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
102 IRIZAR, Julen EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
103 ROPERO, Alejandro EOLO-KOMETA s.t.
104 CARRETERO, Hector EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
105 BONNEU, Kamiel SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
106 POLANC, Jan UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
107 RAVANELLI, Simone DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
108 PARET PEINTRE, Valentin AG2R CITROEN 14:27
109 NAESEN, Lawrence AG2R CITROEN 14:30
110 PETIT, Adrien INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT 19:23
111 BORRA, Gilles MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
112 ROTA, Raul MANUELA FUNDACION s.t.
113 GASPARINI, Alessio JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO s.t.
114 VIEGAS, Daniel EOLO-KOMETA s.t.
115 KERCKHAERT, Jochem BEAT CYCLING s.t.
116 BISOLTI, Alessandro DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
117 DE LIE, Arnaud LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
118 ALONSO, Pablo ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
119 PEREZ-LANDA., Eduardo MANUELA FUNDACION s.t.
120 BURGER, Sven BEAT CYCLING s.t.
121 MERTENS, Julian SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
122 VAN MELSEN, Kevin INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
123 PASE, Christian Danilo WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
124 RICCI, Riccardo WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
125 VAN HOECKE, Gijs AG2R CITROEN s.t.
126 HOYOS, Juan Diego ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
127 HARDY, Romain TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
128 HOWSON, Damien BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
129 BAUER, Jack BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
130 SMITH, Dion BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
131 KAMP, Alexander TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
132 GINESTRA, Lorenzo WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
133 LUCCA, Riccardo WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
134 MOSCHETTI, Matteo TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
135 DOMINGUES, Marcelino BURGOS-BH s.t.
136 MILLER, Barry JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO s.t.
137 MILTIADIS, Andreas JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO s.t.
138 BRAET, Vito SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.

 


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Thursday, January 27: Race 2, Trofeo Alcúdia (Port d'Alcúdia -Port d'Alcúdia), 173.2 km

Biniam Girmay gets his season going in style.

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The race: Here's the report from winner Biniam Girmay's Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert team:

This Thursday, Eritrean Biniam Girmay offered the first success of the season for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, dominating a sprint of strong men on the Trofeo Alcudia (1.1, 27/01), the second one-day race of the Mallorca Challenge. Girmay, 21, concluded the formidable teamwork of the men led by Aike Visbeek and Pieter Vanspeybrouck, who took responsibility for the race from the first kilometers.

The Belgian World Team thus participated in the chase behind the morning breakaway of three riders, controlling a gap which peaked at almost five minutes. The difficult climb of Coll de Sa Batalla (8.7 km at 5%), located 50 kilometers from the finish, represented the main threat for a sprint finish. Surrounded by his teammates, Girmay managed to climb to the top with a heavily skimmed peloton, accompanied by Loïc Vliegen.

Despite late attempts to avoid the sprint, it’s a small peloton that shared the honors in Port d’Alcudia, in the northeast of the island. The vice-world champion U23 Girmay came up from the left, thanks to a powerful effort, to reach the line ahead of his opponents and offer the first victory of 2022 for the team on the second day of racing.

Tomorrow, the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana will cross the eponymous mountain range on a particularly demanding 158 kilometer course, which features notably the Puig Major (14.6 km at 6%). Jan Bakelants, Kobe Goossens, Laurens Huys, Alexander Kristoff, Andrea Pasqualon and Kévin van Melsen will represent the team at the start in Lloseta.

“I am overwhelmed by this victory and the euphoria of all members of the team! It's really nice to start the season like this and to continue our fantastic winning spirit from last fall. I started the year with a lot of confidence, but it's fantastic that I was able to beat some of the world's best sprinters here in my second day of racing. Before that I had to survive the long climb in the final. I really suffered, but thanks to the help of my teammates with the positioning I was able to start the sprint with good legs. I am grateful for their support throughout the race, we are a really close group. And I also want to thank the staff. I like the courses and pleasant weather conditions here in Mallorca, it is the very first time I visit this beautiful island. I hope to keep the momentum going in my next races of the Mallorca Challenge this Saturday and Sunday!” - Biniam Girmay Hailu

“We can be proud of how the team performed today. We took our responsibilities, because with Biniam Girmay and Alexander Kristoff we had two solid options, each for a specific scenario. Either a sprint with a reduced group or with a larger group. Thanks to Biniam's victory, the hard work put in this winter is immediately rewarded. The performances confirm the good impression we already had during the training camp. The riders we expected on from the start of the season are showing up already here in Mallorca. This victory, so early in the season, gives a lot of confidence to the whole team. We can thus pursue our strategy with serenity and keep building.” - Aike Visbeek (Performance Manager)

Complete results:

173.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 45.026 km/hr

1 GIRMAY, Biniam INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT 3hr 50min 48sec
2 GIBBONS, Ryan UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
3 NIZZOLO, Giacomo ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
4 GARCIA, Ivan MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
5 LOUVEL, Matis TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
6 MATTHEWS, Michael James TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
7 ALLEGAERT, Piet COFIDIS s.t.
8 ACKERMANN, Pascal UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
9 EZQUERRA, Jesus BURGOS-BH s.t.
10 NAESEN, Lawrence AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
11 SOTO, Antonio Jesus EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
12 BALLESTEROS, Miguel A. ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
13 JAIME, Alex EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
14 MARTIN, Gotzon EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
15 TORRES, Albert MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
16 HALLER, Marco BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
17 KAMP, Alexander TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
18 GUGLIELMI, Simon TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
19 MAESTRI, Mirco EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
20 PRADES, Eduard CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
21 BRAET, Vito SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
22 APERS, Ruben SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
23 GARCIA, Raul EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
24 MAS, Luis G. MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
25 PETERS, Nans AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
26 DE PESTEL, Sander SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
27 PELLAUD, Simon TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
28 BIERMANS, Jenthe ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
29 KRON, Andreas LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
30 BAIS, Mattia DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
31 POLITT, Nils BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
32 SEVILLA, Diego P. EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
33 GALL, Felix AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
34 SCHLEGEL, Michal CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
35 MATE, Luis A. EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
36 EDMONDSON, Alexander TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
37 VAUQUELIN, Kevin TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
38 VLIEGEN, Loïc INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
39 FLOREZ, Miguel E. TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
40 RODRIGUES, André COFIDIS s.t.
41 SMITH, Dion TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
42 ZWIEHOFF, Ben BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
43 LAENGEN, Vegard S. UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
44 HOLLMANN, Juri MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
45 FINE, Eddy COFIDIS s.t.
46 HOLLENSTEIN, Reto ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
47 SUTER, Joel UAE TEAM EMIRATES @ 9sec
48 AGIRRE, Jon EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
49 LAZKANO, Oier MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
50 MORENO, Ivan EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
51 MARTIN, Sergio R. CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
52 HÄNNINEN, Jaakko AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
53 ISASA, Xabier EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
54 ARMEE, Sander COFIDIS s.t.
55 SCHUERMANS, Jens BEAT CYCLING s.t.
56 PALZER, Anton BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
57 COVI, Alessandro UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
58 GAVAZZI, Francesco EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
59 SOSA, Ivan R. MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
60 PARRA, Jose F. EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
61 BARTA, William MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
62 HOWSON, Damien TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
63 HARDY, Romain TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
64 PARET PEINTRE, Valentin AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
65 UIJTDEBROEKS, Cian BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
66 NIEVE, Mikel CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
67 BIZKARRA, Mikel EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 23
68 COLLEONI, Kevin TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
69 HERRADA, Jose COFIDIS 45
70 CARRETERO, Hector EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
71 DE LIE, Arnaud LOTTO SOUDAL 2:40
72 WALSCHEID, Maximilian COFIDIS s.t.
73 GROSU, Eduard-michael DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
74 FRETIN, Milan SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
75 CANELLAS, Xavi JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO s.t.
76 LIEPINS, Emils TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
77 VENCHIARUTTI, Nicola WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
78 WILLEMS, Thimo MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
79 ESTELRICH, Mateu ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
80 SAVER, Kasper MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
81 VAN PRAET, Robbe MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
82 BOUTS, Jordy BEAT CYCLING s.t.
83 ALONSO, Pablo ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
84 OLIVEIRA, Ivo UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
85 BARBIER, Rudy ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
86 JIMENEZ, Daniel MANUELA FUNDACION s.t.
87 BATTAGLIN, Enrico BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
88 BENNASSAR, Joan Marti MANUELA FUNDACION s.t.
89 PONOMAR, Andrii DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
90 PEÁK, Barnabás INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
91 MARENGO, Umberto DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
92 GOIKOETXEA, Peio EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
93 BALLARIN, Iker EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
94 MAZZUCCO, Fabio BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
95 CANTON, Isaac MANUELA FUNDACION s.t.
96 DENS, Tuur SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
97 LONARDI, Giovanni EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
98 MILTIADIS, Andreas JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO s.t.
99 VIEGAS, Daniel EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
100 ZANDRI, Francesco WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
101 JOSEPH, Thomas MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
102 GARCIA, Sergio EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
103 PELEGRI, Oscar BURGOS-BH 2:43
104 ARMSTRONG, Thomas ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
105 GABBURO, Davide BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
106 JANSSEN, Lucas BEAT CYCLING s.t.
107 COLOMBO, Raul WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
108 JURADO, Marcos ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
109 PETIT, Adrien INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
110 PASQUALON, Andrea INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
111 KRISTOFF, Alexander INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
112 MOSCHETTI, Matteo TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
113 MADRAZO, Angel BURGOS-BH s.t.
114 APARICIO, Mario BURGOS-BH s.t.
115 ARAIZ, Sergio EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
116 PEÑALVER, Manuel BURGOS-BH s.t.
117 MALECKI, Kamil LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
118 VERSCHAEVE, Viktor LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
119 MORENO, Adria BURGOS-BH 2:47
120 HOLMES, Matthew LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
121 ABERASTURI, Jon TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
122 MOSCA, Jacopo TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
123 MOLANO, Juan S. UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
124 HOYOS, Daniel David ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
125 HOYOS, Juan Diego ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
126 VAN HOECKE, Gijs AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
127 LUCCA, Riccardo WORK SERVICE VITALCARE VEGA s.t.
128 COLNAGHI, Luca BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
129 BENEDETTI, Cesare BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
130 MILLER, Barry JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO s.t.
131 PIRA, Albeiro Yesid CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
132 NIV, Guy ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
133 RIVI, Samuele EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
134 BERWICK, Sebastian ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH 2:55
135 MODOLO, Sacha BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
136 BAUER, Jack TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
137 SWEENY, Harrison LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
138 FIORELLI, Filippo BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' 2:57
139 SANTAROMITA, Alessandro BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.

 


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Wednesday, January 26: Race 1, Trofeo Calvia (Camp de Mar-Magaluf), 154.7 km

Brandon McNulty wins the first European road race of the season.

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Weather at the finish city of Magaluf at 3:50 PM, local time: 14C (58F), sunny, with the wind from the southwest at 10 km/hr (6 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from winner Brandon McNulty's UAE Team Emirates.

UAE Team Emirates had a perfect start to the 2022 campaign as Brandon McNulty took a strong solo win at the Trofeo Calvia (Peguera to Palmanova, 154.7km), while teammate Joel Suter also climbed the podium for second.

McNulty broke clear solo on the Coll den Claret and stayed out front solo for 65km. Cresting the final climb of the day at -13km with 1’18’’, the Arizona native kept the pressure on to cross the line alone with his arms aloft for an important victory to start the year.

The UAE team had the advantage of placing new signing Joel Suter in the chasing group to disrupt any organised chase and thus setting the stage for McNulty to triumph. Suter impressed on his very first race for the team to take second just behind his teammate.

The team came into the race as defending champions, with Ryan Gibbons taking the win in the same race in 2021.

This win marks McNulty’s first victory in Emirati colours since joining in 2020.

McNulty: “I’m super happy: it’s a great way to start the year. It was a tough day out there but it was good for me and also for my teammate Joel who came second which was perfect for us. It was up and down terrain all day with no real flat roads so as the group got smaller I was able to establish a gap. I knew if I could hold on it would be tough to chase me down with the twisty, undulating roads. I put the attack in and was able to hold on so I’m very pleased.”

Tomorrow the racing at the Mallorca Challenge continues with the Trofeo Alcudia (173.2km).

Complete results:

154.7 kilometers raced at an average speed of 39.063 km/hr

1 MCNULTY, Brandon UAE TEAM EMIRATES 3hr 57min 37sec
2 SUTER, Joel UAE TEAM EMIRATES @ 1min 17sec
3 ALBANESE, Vincenzo EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
4 WELLENS, Tim LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
5 CLARKE, Simon ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
6 VALVERDE, Alejandro MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
7 GOOSSENS, Kobe INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
8 OWSIAN, Lukasz TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
9 BUCHMANN, Emanuel BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
10 ZWIEHOFF, Ben BORA-HANSGROHE 2:54
11 MATTHEWS, Michael TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 2:55
12 BARGUIL, Warren TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
13 KRON, Andreas LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
14 PARET PEINTRE, Aurélien AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
15 GARCIA, Raul EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
16 HUYS, Laurens INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
17 LAENGEN, Vegard S. UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
18 VILLELLA, Davide COFIDIS s.t.
19 VANHOUCKE, Harm LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
20 HÄNNINEN, Jaakko AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
21 HERMANS, Ben ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
22 GESBERT, Elie TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
23 ZANA, Filippo BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
24 MORENO, Adria BURGOS-BH s.t.
25 RUBIO, Einer Augusto MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
26 PICCOLI, James ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
27 UIJTDEBROEKS, Cian BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
28 MÜHLBERGER, Gregor MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
29 JORGENSON, Matteo MOVISTAR TEAM 2:59
30 GESCHKE, Simon COFIDIS s.t.
31 COLLEONI, Kevin TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 7:31
32 SEPULVEDA, Eduardo DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
33 GIBBONS, Ryan UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
34 HERRADA, Jose COFIDIS s.t.
35 MARTIN, Gotzon EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
36 ZOCCARATO, Samuele BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' 9:06
37 BAIS, Mattia DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
38 MARENGO, Umberto DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
39 MAESTRI, Mirco EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
40 ZARDINI, Edoardo DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
41 POLITT, Nils BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
42 MADRAZO, Angel BURGOS-BH s.t.
43 VLIEGEN, Loïc INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
44 GIRMAY, Biniam INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
45 HOOLE, Daan TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
46 LAZKANO, Oier MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
47 KONRAD, Patrick BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
48 BAIS, Davide EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
49 GAVAZZI, Francesco EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
50 ROSA, Diego EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
51 TIBERI, Antonio TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
52 MURGUIALDAY, Jokin CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA 10:43
53 APERS, Ruben SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE 12:10
54 BOUTS, Jordy BEAT CYCLING s.t.
55 DAEMEN, Stijn BEAT CYCLING s.t.
56 PEÁK, Barnabás INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
57 PONSAERTS, Thibaut MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
58 NAESEN, Lawrence AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
59 ESTELRICH, Mateu ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
60 SCHUERMANS, Jens BEAT CYCLING s.t.
61 LUHRS, Luis-joe BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
62 JURADO, Marcos ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
63 ARMSTRONG, Thomas ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
64 BIERMANS, Jenthe ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
65 DE PESTEL, Sander SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
66 PELLAUD, Simon TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
67 UMBA, Abner S. DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
68 BENEDETTI, Cesare BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
69 GROSU, Eduard-michael DRONE HOPPER-AND.GIOCATTOLI s.t.
70 COVILI, Luca BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
71 ALONSO, Pablo ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
72 FLOREZ, Miguel E. TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
73 EZQUERRA, Jesus BURGOS-BH s.t.
74 SANCHEZ, Pelayo BURGOS-BH s.t.
75 JOSEPH, Thomas MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
76 ETXEBERRIA, Asier EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
77 GARCIA, Sergio EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
78 BATTAGLIN, Enrico BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
79 FIORELLI, Filippo BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
80 EL GOUZI, Omar BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE' s.t.
81 ARRIETA, Igor EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
82 HOLMES, Matthew LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
83 COVI, Alessandro UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
84 MOSCA, Jacopo TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
85 VAN HOECKE, Gijs AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
86 MERTENS, Julian SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
87 ARDILA, Andres C. UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
88 FINE, Eddy COFIDIS s.t.
89 CHAMPION, Thomas COFIDIS s.t.
90 HOYOS, Daniel David ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS s.t.
91 ROPERO, Alejandro EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
92 ARAIZ, Sergio EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
93 ARMEE, Sander COFIDIS s.t.
94 RUBIO, Diego BURGOS-BH s.t.
95 OKAMIKA, Ander BURGOS-BH s.t.
96 PARET, Valentin AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
97 PETERS, Nans AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
98 LUCCA, Riccardo WORK SERVICE-MARCHIOL-DYNATEK s.t.
99 AGIRRE, Jon EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
100 BERRADE, Urko EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
101 SCHLEGEL, Michal CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
102 GINESTRA, Lorenzo WORK SERVICE-MARCHIOL-DYNATEK s.t.
103 BARTA, William MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
104 DOMINGUES, Marcelino A. BURGOS-BH s.t.
105 BAKELANTS, Jan INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
106 DELAPLACE, Anthony TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
107 GUGLIELMI, Simon TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
108 AZPARREN, Xabier M. EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
109 IRIZAR, Julen EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
110 MARTIN, Sergio R. CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
111 BIZKARRA, Mikel EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
112 OLIVEIRA, Ivo UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
113 GARCIA, Ivan MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
114 LASTRA, Jonathan CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
115 AMEZQUETA, Julen CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
116 HOWSON, Damien TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
117 LOUVEL, Matis TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
118 HERRADA, Jesus COFIDIS s.t.
119 CARRETERO, Hector EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
120 BAUER, Jack TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
121 SMITH, Dion TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
122 GALL, Felix AG2R CITROEN TEAM s.t.
123 SWEENY, Harrison LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
124 BALLESTEROS, Miguel A. ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA-CALDAS 17:30
125 WILLEMS, Thimo MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
126 VAN PRAET, Robbe MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
127 BURGER, Sven BEAT CYCLING s.t.
128 BENNASSAR, Joan Marti MANUELA FUNDACION s.t.
129 EDMONDSON, Alexander TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
130 FRETIN, Milan SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
131 CANTON, Isaac MANUELA FUNDACION s.t.
132 BORRA, Gilles MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
133 DEBAELE, Jorre MINERVA CYCLING TEAM s.t.
134 GOLDSTEIN, Omer ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
135 ZANDRI, Francesco WORK SERVICE-MARCHIOL-DYNATEK a s.t.
136 MALECKI, Kamil LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
137 MILTIADIS, Andreas JAVA KIWI ATLANTICO s.t.
138 JAIME, Alex EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
139 DENS, Tuur SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.