Freire claims first season win in Mallorca

Greipel, Cardoso no match for Spaniard

Óscar Freire (Rabobank) earned his first win of 2010 today at the Trofeo Cala Millor, the second stage of the Challenge Mallorca. The three-time world champion bested André Greipel (HTC-Columbia) and Manuel Cardoso (Footon-Servetto) in the field sprint concluding the 172.4km stage.

"To win the second race of the season is a nice feeling, but we must not exaggerate," said Freire. "I'm not much better than last year around this time. What is very nice is the feeling within the team. The lead-outs by Tom Leezer were excellent today and Sunday. Today was so smooth nothing could go wrong."

Unlike the first day of racing where breakaway attempts were never given much freedom, a five-man break went clear early in the Trofeo Cala Millor and built up a lead of more than six minutes. Luis Mas (Burgos Monumental), David Deroo (Skil-Shimano) and Ronan Van Zandbeek (Van Vliet EBH Elshof) went clear of the peloton after eight kilometres of racing followed six kilometres later by Manuel Ortega (Andalucia-Cajasur) and Andoni Blazquez (Orbea).

When the two chasers caught the leading trio at kilometre 23 to form a five-man breakaway their advantage stood at 4:37 over the peloton. Only four kilometres later their lead ballooned out to 6:37, which would be their largest gap to the peloton.

At kilometre 59 the quintet's lead fell to 4:40, but soon grew back to 5:38 after 86 kilometres were completed.

The teams of the sprinters began to get organized at the front of the peloton and steadily reduced the break's lead. With 72 kilometres remaining their lead fell to 3:40 and with 35 kilometres to the finish the quintet's advantage stood at 1:27.

With 30 kilometres to the finish Ronan Van Zandbeek attacked his breakaway companions and built a 15-second lead. The remaining four escapees were swept up by the peloton with 21 kilometres remaining in the stage and Van Zandbeek, too, was absorbed by the field 15 kilometres from the finish.

The pace at the front of the peloton remained high, splitting the field six kilometres from the finish. In the dash to the line an on-form Óscar Freire (Rabobank), third on the opening stage, proved too fast for the rest of the sprinters taking out his first win of 2010.

Full Results
1Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank4:14:21 
2André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
3Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto  
4Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram  
5Koldo Fernández (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
6Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
7José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
8Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
9Kevyn Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
10Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
11Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
12Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
13Adam Blyth (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
14David Vitoria (Swi) Footon-Servetto  
15Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step  
16Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha  
17Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Netapp  
18Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Orbea  
19Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Team Milram  
20Jonas Jorgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
21Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil - Shimano  
22Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
23Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
24Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
25Remco Tebrake (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
26José Fco Pacheco (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
27Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step  
28Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha  
29Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank  
30Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Spanish National Team  
31Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
32Jorge Martín Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia - Cajasur  
33Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
34Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
35Bas Krauwel (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
36Stefan Vreugdenhil (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
37Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
38David Gutiérrez P (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
39Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
40Pascual Orengo López (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
41Matthias Brandle (Aut) Footon-Servetto  
42Carlos Castaño (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
43Vidal Celis (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
44Unai Elorriaga (Spa) Spanish National Team  
45Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
46Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
47Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
48Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
49Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha  
50Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
51Pablo Aitor Bernal (Spa) Spanish National Team  
52Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha  
53Christoph Pfingsten (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
54Jon Izagirre (Spa) Orbea  
55Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
56Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto  
57Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp  
58Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea  
59Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
60Bartt Van Haaren (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
61Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp  
62Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quick Step  
63Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
64Job Vissers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
65Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step  
66Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
67Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
68Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
69Michele Merlo (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
70Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
71Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
72Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
73Eloy Teruel (Spa) Spanish National Team  
74Jakub Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
75Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
76Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
77Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
78Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
79Andrés Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
80Iván Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
81Rodrigo García (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
82Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
83Glenn D'hollander (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
84Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
85David Gutiérrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
86Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
87Juan José Cobo Acebo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
88Jose A G. Marchante (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
89Tom Stansnisder (Ned) Rabobank  
90Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
91Marc Reynes (Spa) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
92Raúl Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
93Beñat Urain (Spa) Orbea  
94Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
95Jose Antonio De Segovia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
96Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
97Carlos Torrent Tarres (Spa) Spanish National Team  
98Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
99Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
100Delio Fernández (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
101Frantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
102Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram  
103Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
104Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank  
105Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
106Juan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
107Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
108Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
109Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
110Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
111Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
112Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
113Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
114Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano  
115Vladimir Isaychev (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
116Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
117Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
118Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
119Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
120Martin Hebik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
121Alan Pérez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
122Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step  
123Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
124Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
125Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
126Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
127Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne  
128Fco David Delgado (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
129José Vicente García Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
130Duyn Huub (Ned) Team Netapp  
131Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
132Leopold Konig (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
133Vojtech Dlouhy (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
134Sander Oostlander (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
135Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
136Adrián Saez (Spa) Orbea  
137Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank  
138Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:22 
139Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
140Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
141Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
142Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
143Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha0:00:30 
144Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:34 
145Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:00:36 
146Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea0:00:56 
147Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:51 
148Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Spanish National Team0:02:02 
149Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia0:02:30 
150Noel Martin (Spa) Orbea  
151Antonio Tauler (Spa) Spanish National Team  
152David Muntaner (Spa) Spanish National Team  
153Albert Torres (Spa) Spanish National Team  
154Dimitri Clayes (Bel) Team Netapp  
155Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp  
156Petr Kaltofen (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
157José Carlos Lara (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
158Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram  
159André Schulze (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
160David López (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
161Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
162Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
163Thomas Patricks Faiers (GBr) Footon-Servetto  
164Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
165Iván Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
166André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
167Andrés A Antuña (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
168Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
169Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
170Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
171Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
172Tom Stubbe (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
173Ibán Leanizbarrutia (Spa) Spanish National Team  
174Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia  
175Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
176Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
177Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step  
178Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
179Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
180Jin Long (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
181Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
182Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
183Stanislav Kozubek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
184Franck Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
185Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
186Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
187Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step  
188David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
189Aritz Etxebarria (Spa) Orbea0:04:19 
190Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:04:26 
191Nico Keinath (Ger) Team Netapp0:05:20 
192Bastien Delrot (Fra) Team Netapp  
193Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea0:06:07 
Combination Competition
1David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano12pts
2Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof11 
3Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank10 
4André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia8 
5Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea8 
6Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto7 
7Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon7 
8Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram6 
9Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur6 
10Koldo Fernández (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5 
11Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne4 
12José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3 
13Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano2 
14Kevyn Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1 
1Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof6pts
2David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano3 
3Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea3 
Sprints Special
1David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano5pts
2Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea5 
3Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon1 
4Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof1 
1Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur7pts
2Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon6 
3Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof3 
4David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano1 
5Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea1 
Local Rider
1Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha  
1Caisse d'Epargne12:43:03 
2Quick Step  
4Team Milram  
5Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
6Team Katusha  
7Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
8Skil - Shimano  
9Euskaltel - Euskadi  
10Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
12Team Saxo Bank  
13Omega Pharma-Lotto  
16Team Netapp  
17Xacobeo Galicia  
18Team HTC - Columbia  
19Andalucia - Cajasur  
20PSK Whirlpool - Author  

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