Gerdemann opens season with Mallorca win

German out-sprints breakaway partners

Linus Gerdemann (Team Milram) opened his season with a victory on Tuesday, out-sprinting his two breakaway companions to win the Challenge Mallorca's mountainous third stage. In rainy, windy conditions Gerdemann bested Spaniards Rafael Valls (Footon-Servetto) and Manuel Vazquez (Andalucia-Cajasur) to claim the 157.2km Trofeo Inca in a nail-biting finish.

"That was a way to open the new season with a bang," said a happy Gerdemann at the finish. "We put in a super team performance in really bad weather. Especially in light of the very difficult conditions, we showed that we are all top motivated and have big plans for this year."

The trio, along with Gerdemann's teammates Thomas Rohregger and Johannes Fröhlinger, formed the Trofeo Inca's decisive five-man break which went clear on the ascent of the category two Coll de Soller. The leading quintet crossed the summit with a 1:30 lead over the peloton, 56 kilometres from the finish in Inca.

As the escapees began their ascent of the category one Coll de Puig Major, Valls attacked the break and reached the summit with a 20-second lead over Gerdemann and Vazquez with 31 kilometres remaining to the finish.

Valls, a stage winner in Argentina's Tour de San Luis, extended his lead over the two chasers to 30 seconds in the driving rain with 14 kilometres remaining, but Gerdemann and Vazquez refused to throw in the towel.

The German and Spaniard began to claw their way back to Valls, reducing the gap to 20 seconds with eight kilometres remaining. Five kilometres later Valls held a tenuous five-second lead, and the capture was made inside the flamme rouge leading to the three-man sprint won by Gerdemann.

While Gerdemann was ecstatic about his victory, Valls expressed his frustration with the day's outcome.

"I'm a bit pissed off with everything: the final result, not being able to win and not being able to crown all the work done during my 30-kilometre solo ride, having shown I was the strongest today," said Valls.

"I had very good legs during the stage and felt good in the ascent to the Puig Major. I opened a little gap and increased it on the last descent, some turns being a little complicated, but in the end they were closing the gap to me and Matxin decided to let me stop and wait for them with three kilometers left, to play it out in a sprint after seeing we couldn't get to the finish solo.

"We tried to get Gerdemann nervous and pushed all responsibility into him for the lead-out, but the final 400-metre uphill sprint got me with no energy left and I couldn't overtake him."

Full Results
1Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram3:55:45 
2Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
3Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
4Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:22 
5Aitor Pérez (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:02:33 
6José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
7Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:02:34 
8Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram0:03:24 
9Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
10Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:04:09 
11Jon Izagirre (Spa) Orbea0:04:44 
12André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
13Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
14Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea  
15Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia  
16Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
17Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank  
18Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
19Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
20Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
21Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne  
22Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:04:48 
23Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:06:58 
24Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:07:36 
25Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:09:33 
26Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step0:09:36 
27Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:13:07 
28Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
29Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:13:20 
30Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
31Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
32Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
33Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
34Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
35Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
36Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
37Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
38Iván Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
39Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
40Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
41David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
42Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
43Unai Elorriaga (Spa) Spanish National Team  
44Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne  
45Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:13:29 
46Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step0:14:15 
47Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:14:23 
48Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
49Tassilo Fricke (Ger) Team Netapp  
50Antonio Miguel Parra (Spa) Spanish National Team  
51Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
52Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank0:16:34 
53Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano0:17:30 
54Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:17:46 
55Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:17:47 
56Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto  
57Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:18:15 
58Yoeri Havik (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
59Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
60Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
61Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
62Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
HDJens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:19:04 
HDPedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:19:51 
HDJose Antonio De Segovia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:20:25 
HDGustavo Rodríguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:20:28 
HDGiampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:20:34 
HDCharles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:22:35 
HDAlan Pérez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:23:55 
HDRubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
HDGorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:23:56 
HDManuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:24:04 
HDJose A. Carrasco (Spa) Spanish National Team  
HDJob Vissers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:25:25 
HDPiet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
HDDavid Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
HDSylvian Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:25:27 
HDDavide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step  
HDRomain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:25:50 
HDJean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:26:00 
HDPascual Orengo López (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon0:26:18 
HDAndreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp0:26:21 
HDJan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp0:26:52 
HDJulien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
HDXabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea0:27:46 
HDAntonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:28:04 
HDGustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:29:06 
HDBranislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step0:29:26 
HDBert De Backer (Bel) Skil - Shimano  
HDStijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step  
HDFrantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
HDAndri Kunitski (Blr) Quick Step  
HDJose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:29:48 
HDDelio Fernández (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
HDVladimir Isaychev (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:30:42 
HDTristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:30:49 
HDJeffrey Wiersma (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:33:31 
HDNicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:33:34 
HDKasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
HDChris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:33:38 
HDNico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:33:39 
HDAlberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:33:57 
HDOscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon0:33:58 
HDJosae Luis Roldan (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
HDSergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:34:25 
HDCarlos Castaño (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:35:14 
HDBartt Van Haaren (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:35:52 
DNSAlexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNSDominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram  
DNSPeter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNSFrantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNSMikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea  
DNFJoan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha  
DNFJuan José Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFDries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step  
DNFMarkus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFMatthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFMichael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFTony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFMaxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFNick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank  
DNFEugeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFJoaquín Rodríguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
DNFKim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha  
DNFAlexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFNoe Gianetti (Swi) Footon-Servetto  
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
DNFErmanno Capelli (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
DNFIban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
DNFAddy Engels (Ned) Quick Step  
DNFDominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFPaul Voss (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFJakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFRichie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFLars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFSteven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFBram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFTejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFCraig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFRasmus Guldhammer (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFTom Stubbe (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFJurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFFrancis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFJelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFGlenn D'hollander (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFKevyn Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFRobbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha  
DNFJonas Jorgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFJaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFCheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
DNFFrederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano  
DNFKenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
DNFGustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
DNFJosé Fco Pacheco (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
DNFAlberto Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
DNFNoel Martin (Spa) Orbea  
DNFAdrián Saez (Spa) Orbea  
DNFJon Aberasturi (Spa) Orbea  
DNFBeñat Urain (Spa) Orbea  
DNFAndoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea  
DNFAritz Etxebarria (Spa) Orbea  
DNFEric Baumann (Ger) Team Netapp  
DNFDimitri Clayes (Bel) Team Netapp  
DNFBastien Delrot (Fra) Team Netapp  
DNFTimon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp  
DNFCesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
DNFAlexander Gottfried (Ger) Team Netapp  
DNFDuyn Huub (Ned) Team Netapp  
DNFAntonio Tauler (Spa) Spanish National Team  
DNFDavid Muntaner (Spa) Spanish National Team  
DNFRafael Serrano (Spa) Spanish National Team  
DNFAndoni Lafuente (Spa) Spanish National Team  
DNFIbán Leanizbarrutia (Spa) Spanish National Team  
DNFPetr Bencik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
DNFTomas Buchacek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
DNFStanislav Kozubek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
DNFJakub Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
DNFLeopold Konig (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
DNFTomas Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
DNFVojtech Dlouhy (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
DNFAndré Schulze (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
DNFJesper Asselman (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
DNFRonan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
DNFStefan Vreugdenhil (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
DNFBob Schoonbroodt (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
DNFRikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
DNFSander Oostlander (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
DNFDiego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
DNFRaúl Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
DNFFco David Delgado (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
DNFIván Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
DNFJosé Carlos Lara (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
DNFRamon Domene (Spa) Spanish National Team  
DNFAirán Fernández (Spa) Spanish National Team  
DNFArnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
DNFAndrés A Antuña (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
DNFGregory Obando (CRc) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
Combination Competition
1Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram17pts
2Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto14 
3José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne13 
4Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur10 
5Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram10 
6Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram8 
7Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea8 
8Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur7 
9Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi6 
10Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram6 
11Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia6 
12Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano6 
13Aitor Pérez (Spa) Footon-Servetto5 
14Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3 
15Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1 
16Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank1 
1Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano1 
Sprints Special
1Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram3pts
2Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram2 
3Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram1 
1Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto21pts
2Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram17 
3Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur12 
4Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram11 
5Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank10 
6Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia6 
7Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur4 
8Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea3 
9José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2 
10Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram1 
1Team Milram11:54:48 
2Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:17 
3Caisse d'Epargne0:04:28 
5Andalucia - Cajasur0:12:45 
6Omega Pharma-Lotto0:22:44 
8Team Saxo Bank0:24:31 
9Team Katusha0:24:41 
10Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:26:57 
12Quick Step0:34:33 
13Skil - Shimano0:41:32 
14Spanish National Team0:44:14 
15Xacobeo Galicia0:47:43 
16Team Netapp1:00:03 
17Van Vliet Ebh Elshof1:02:28 
18Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon1:06:03 

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