McEwen returns to winners' circle in Mallorca

Australian caps recovery from knee injury with sprint win

Australian Robbie McEwen (Katusha) today claimed his first win in almost eight months with victory in the Trophy Palma, the opening stage of the 2010 Challenge Mallorca.

McEwen commenced his sprint with 300 metres to go and rode to an impressive win over Koldo Fernandez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Oscar Freire (Rabobank).

It was an especially pleasing result for McEwen, who has faced a long road back from a serious knee injury suffered in last year's Tour of Belgium. "I'm really happy for this victory. It's my second career after the injury I had last season and that kept me from racing for 7 months and is a very important victory for me," he said afterwards.

"For me, the most important thing is that I have no discomfort in my leg, I feel fine and I can compete again with the best "

"The sprint was difficult, because I had to control a lot of riders and there were a lot of strong teams there. Skil-Shimano has prepared the sprint for the final kilometre and I jumped at 300 meters when I saw Freire go."

Sprinters reign supreme in Spain

Clear conditions had met the peloton for the opening stage of the 2010 Challenge Mallorca. The early stages of the race were marked by Andalucía-CajaSur's attempts to break free of the main bunch, with Xabier Zabala (Orbea), Toni Tauler (Spanish National Team) and Aleksejs Saramotins (HTC-Columbia) all making their own bids for individual glory.

However, none of the attacks were given any lee-way and none were able to stretch their advantage beyond 30 seconds. In the end, it was the teams of the sprinters who took control of the peloton for the finale.

Clearly in form after his debut at the Tour Down Under last month, it was McEwen who proved the fastest in the sprint in the city of Palma.

1Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha2:21:16 
2Koldo Fernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
3Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank  
4André Schulze (Ger) PSK Whirlpool-Author  
5Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto  
6José Fco Pacheco (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
7Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Milram  
8Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano  
9José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
10Robert Förster (Ger) Milram  
11Michele Merlo (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
12Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Orbea  
13Eric Baumann (Ger) Team NetApp  
14André Greipel (Ger) HTC-Columbia  
15Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
16Remco Tebrake (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
17Arnoud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
18Unai Elorriaga (Spa) Spanish National Team  
19Kevyn Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
20Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
21Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
22Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur  
23Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
24Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
25Anders Lund (Den) Saxo Bank  
26Jesper Asselman (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
27Antonio Miguel Parra (Spa) Spanish National Team  
28Thomas Fothen (Ger) Milram  
29Yoeri Havik (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
30Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos Monumental  
31Dominik Nerz (Ger) Milram  
32Jonas Jorgensen (Den) Saxo Bank  
33Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
34Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
35Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha  
36Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Spanish National Team  
37Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos Monumental  
38Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
39Marc Reynes (Spa) PSK Whirlpool-Author  
40Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram  
41Markus Fothen (Ger) Milram  
42Adam Blyth (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
43Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quick Step  
44Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha  
45Beñat Urain (Spa) Orbea  
46Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step  
47Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step  
48Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step  
49Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
50Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
51Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step  
52Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos Monumental  
53Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
54Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha  
55Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
56Christian Knees (Ger) Milram  
57Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
58Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
59Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Saxo Bank  
60Job Vissers (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
61Frantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author  
62Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
63Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
64José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
65Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Columbia  
66Jon Izagirre (Spa) Orbea  
67Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea  
68Raúl Santamarta (Spa) Burgos Monumental  
69Tejai Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Columbia  
70Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author  
71Gregory Obando (CRc) Burgos Monumental  
72Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
73Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
74Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
75Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
76Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne  
77Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
78Petr Kaltofen (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author  
79Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp  
80Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
81Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
82Pascual Orengo López (Spa) Burgos Monumental  
83Rodrigo García (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
84Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
85Carlos Castaño (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
86Vladimir Isaychev (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
87David Deroo (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
88Laurent Didier (Lux) Saxo Bank  
89Rune Van Der Meijden (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
90Vidal Celis (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
91Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
92Iván Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
93Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
94André Steensen (Den) Saxo Bank  
95Jens Voigt (Ger) Saxo Bank  
96Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea  
97Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank0:00:07 
98Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil-Shimano  
99Bas Krauwel (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
100Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos Monumental  
101Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
102Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
103Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
104Gustavo Rodríguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
105Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
106Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
107Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank  
108Juan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
109Paul Voss (Ger) Milram  
110Josae Luis Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
111Petr Bencik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author  
112Bob Schoonbroodt (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
113Rasmus Guldhammer (Aus) HTC-Columbia  
114Tomas Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author  
115Frederik Wilmann NO Skil-Shimano0:00:11 
116Fco David Delgado (Spa) Burgos Monumental  
117Martin Hebik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author  
118David Muntaner (Spa) Spanish National Team  
119Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank  
120Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
121Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank  
122Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
123Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp  
124Delio Fernández (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
125Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
126Vojtech Dlouhy (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author  
127Tom Stansnisder (Ned) Rabobank  
128Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
129Nico Keinath (Ger) Team NetApp  
130Eloy Teruel (Spa) Spanish National Team  
131Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
132Glenn D'hollander (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
133Ibán Leanizbarrutia (Spa) Spanish National Team  
134Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
135Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha  
136Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
137Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Columbia  
138Andrés Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
139Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team NetApp  
140Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
141Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
142Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
143Tomas Buchacek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author  
144José Carlos Lara (Spa) Burgos Monumental  
145Andri Kunitski (Blr) Quick Step  
146Duyn Huub (Ned) Team NetApp  
147Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
148Torrent Tarres (Spa) Spanish National Team  
149Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil-Shimano  
150Alan Pérez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
151Aritz Etxebarria (Spa) Orbea  
152Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
153Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) HTC-Columbia  
154Jose De Segovia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
155Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Columbia0:00:19 
156Andrés A Antuña (Spa) Burgos Monumental  
157Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step  
158Albert Torres (Spa) Spanish National Team  
159Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp  
160Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
161Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank  
162Tom Stubbe (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
163Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
164Markus Eichler (Ger) Milram  
165Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
166Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea  
167Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
168Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
169Dimitri Clayes (Bel) Team NetApp  
170Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Saxo Bank  
171Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank  
172Franck Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank  
173Alberto Benítez Román (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
174Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto  
175Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
176Antonio Tauler (Spa) Spanish National Team  
177Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
178Bastien Delrot (Fra) Team NetApp  
179Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram  
180Jin Long (Chn) Skil-Shimano  
181David Gutiérrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
182Joaquín Rodríguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
183Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
184Juan José Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
185Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Spanish National Team  
186Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto  
187David Vitoria (Swi) Footon-Servetto  
188Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
189Jack Vermeulen (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
190Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-Columbia  
191Aitor Pérez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
192Frantisek Rabon (Cze) HTC-Columbia0:01:36 
193Vicente Reynes (Spa) HTC-Columbia0:01:44 
194Noel Martin (Spa) Orbea0:04:27 
1Caisse d'Epargne7:03:48 
5Van Vliet Elshof  
Combination Competition
1Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha10pts
2Koldo Fernández (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi8 
3Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank7 
1André Steensen (Den) Saxo Bank6pts
2Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur3 
3Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3 
1Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank4pts
2Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea3 
3Noel Martin (Spa) Orbea2 
Sprints Special
1José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse D'epargne3pts
2Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp3 
3Bas Krauwel (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof3 
Local Rider
1Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos Monumental - Castilla  

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