Costa claims Trofeo Deià

Two-man break narrowly fends off pursuers

Rui Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) out-sprinted breakaway companion Joan Horrach (Team Katusha) to win the fourth stage of the Challenge Mallorca, the Trofeo Deià, on Wednesday. The two escapees narrowly held off a select 33-rider chase group led in by Costa's teammate José Iván Gutiérrez seven seconds later.

For the second consecutive day the category two Puig Major, Mallorca's highest mountain, proved decisive in the race's outcome. The previous day's winner and runner-up, Linus Gerdemann (Team Milram) and Rafael Valls (Footon-Servetto), were the first two over the frigid summit lined with snow, followed by Rein Taaramae (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne), Alexandre Botcharov (Team Katusha), Markus Eibegger (Footon-Servetto) and Costa.

On the challenging descent Costa, Horrach and Taaramae went clear inside of 25 kilometres to the finish line.

The leading trio extended their lead to 30 seconds with 10 kilometres remaining, but a determined chase group steadily chipped into their lead.

Costa, Horrach and Taaramae still had to tackle the third category Coll de'n Bleda at five kilometres to go, and the trio reached its peak holding a narrow 12-second advantage.

Two kilometres later their lead dropped to 10 seconds and soon afterwards Taaramae was dropped from the escape. Costa and Horrach continued in their pursuit of victory in the 143km Trofeo Deià as their lead dipped under 10 seconds inside the flamme rouge.

The duo timed their efforts to perfection with Costa prevailing over Horrach in the two-man sprint, holding off their pursuers by seven seconds at the finish.

While the peloton enjoyed dry conditions, the Trofeo Deià's four categorized climbs and cold weather again wreaked havoc on the field with 87 riders finishing outside the time cut and a further 26 abandoning on the day.

The 2010 Challenge Mallorca concludes tomorrow with the 158.5km Trofeo Magaluf – Palmanova, another mountainous stage featuring five categorized climbs.

Full Results
1Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne3:27:21 
2Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:02 
3José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:07 
4Aitor Pérez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
5José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
6Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha  
7Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
8Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
9Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
10Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
11Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
12Rubén Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
13Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step  
14Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
15Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
16Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
17Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
18Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha  
19Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
20Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea  
21Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
22Franck Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
23Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha  
24Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
25Matthias Brandle (Aut) Footon-Servetto  
26Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
27Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto  
28Rodrigo García (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
29Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
30Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
31Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram  
32Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
33Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
34Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:17 
35Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:00:21 
36Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:00 
37Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:07 
38Juan José Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:20 
39Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
40David Gutiérrez P (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
41Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:53 
42Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step0:02:00 
43Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:02:29 
44Carlos Torrent Tarres (Spa) Spanish National Team0:02:30 
45Tassilo Fricke (Ger) Team Netapp  
46Raúl Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
47Iván Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:33 
48Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
49Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram  
50Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
51Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
52Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
53Gregory Obando (CRc) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon0:03:00 
54Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram0:03:25 
55Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
56Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
57Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
58Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
59Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
60Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
61Sylvian Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:04:30 
62Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
63Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step  
64Pascual Orengo López (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon0:04:54 
65Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
66Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
67Rasmus Guldhammer (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
68Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
69José Carlos Lara (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
70Tom Stansnisder (Ned) Rabobank  
71Fco David Delgado (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
72David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:06:01 
73Sergi Escobar (Spa) Spanish National Team  
74Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
75Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:02 
76Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:08:19 
77Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:08:29 
78Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:08:30 
HDAntonio Miguel Parra (Spa) Spanish National Team0:10:55 
HDJose Antonio De Segovia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
HDJuan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
HDSander Oostlander (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:12:57 
HDManuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
HDTony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:13:00 
HDJens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
HDMartin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
HDPeter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
HDJan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
HDTejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
HDDuyn Huub (Ned) Team Netapp  
HDTristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
HDLeopold Konig (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
HDAndoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea  
HDLaurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
HDAnders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
HDGrischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
HDImanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
HDAlberto Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
HDKoos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
HDJoost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank  
HDBauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank  
HDBastien Delrot (Fra) Team Netapp  
HDChristophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
HDKevyn Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
HDCraig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
HDKasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
HDNico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:13:06 
HDLuis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon0:13:47 
HDOscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
HDJosae Luis Roldan (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:16:08 
HDSergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:16:10 
HDKurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quick Step  
HDRamon Domene (Spa) Spanish National Team  
HDJose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
HDRobin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
HDSjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
HDAirán Fernández (Spa) Spanish National Team  
HDJakub Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
HDDiego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
HDMario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
HDEloy Teruel (Spa) Spanish National Team  
HDMarzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne  
HDChristoph Pfingsten (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
HDDavid Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
HDMitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano  
HDBert De Backer (Bel) Skil - Shimano  
HDIván Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
HDTomas Buchacek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
HDFrantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
HDVladimir Isaychev (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
HDAlexander Gottfried (Ger) Team Netapp  
HDPetr Bencik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
HDFrantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia  
HDGustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
HDMauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step  
HDStanislav Kozubek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
HDTomas Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
HDDelio Fernández (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
HDJakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
HDNicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
HDFrancesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
HDJaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank  
HDPiet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
HDNico Keinath (Ger) Team Netapp  
HDLuke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
HDPedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
HDAdrián Saez (Spa) Orbea  
HDAndrés A Antuña (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon  
HDAitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
HDMatthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram  
HDAddy Engels (Ned) Quick Step  
HDKai Reus (Ned) Rabobank0:19:10 
HDBram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:23:22 
HDPablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
HDCesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
HDBeñat Urain (Spa) Orbea  
HDRobert Förster (Ger) Team Milram  
HDBas Stamsnijder (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
HDNoel Martin (Spa) Orbea  
HDCheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
HDAsier Maeztu (Spa) Spanish National Team  
HDEugeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha0:23:27 
HDTony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
HDJack Vermeulen (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
HDJeffrey Wiersma (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
DNSKanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNSDimitri Clayes (Bel) Team Netapp  
DNFThomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
DNFBert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFAlan Pérez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFAlberto Benítez Román (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
DNFTom Stubbe (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFKalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFJulien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFJob Vissers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
DNFJin Long (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
DNFRobert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
DNFGustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
DNFCarlos Castaño (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
DNFGustavo Rodríguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
DNFJon Izagirre (Spa) Orbea  
DNFJon Aberasturi (Spa) Orbea  
DNFMikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea  
DNFAritz Etxebarria (Spa) Orbea  
DNFXabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea  
DNFDaniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp  
DNFPablo Aitor Bernal (Spa) Spanish National Team  
DNFRafael Serrano (Spa) Spanish National Team  
DNFMarc Reynes (Spa) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
DNFMartin Hebik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
DNFRune Van Der Meijden (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
DNFAlbert Torres (Spa) Spanish National Team  
Combination Competition
1Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne10pts
2Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank10 
3Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha8 
4José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne7 
5Aitor Pérez (Spa) Footon-Servetto6 
6Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram6 
7Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram6 
8José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne5 
9Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha4 
10Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto4 
11Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3 
12Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto3 
13Rasmus Guldhammer (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia3 
14Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur2 
15Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1 
1Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank1 
Sprints Special
1Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram3pts
2Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank1 
1Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram10pts
2Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto10 
3Rasmus Guldhammer (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia10 
4Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto7 
5Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne7 
6Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step7 
7Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha6 
8Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne5 
9Rubén Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne5 
10Franck Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank3 
11Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha3 
12Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto2 
13Aitor Pérez (Spa) Footon-Servetto1 
14Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
1Caisse d'Epargne10:22:17 
2Team Katusha0:00:02 
4Omega Pharma-Lotto  
5Team Milram0:00:21 
6Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:20 
7Team Saxo Bank0:04:54 
8Andalucia - Cajasur0:04:59 
9Team HTC - Columbia0:05:54 
10Quick Step0:06:23 
12Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon0:10:10 
13Xacobeo Galicia0:14:13 
14Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:17:11 
15Spanish National Team0:19:12 
16Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:23:31 
17Team Netapp0:28:16 
19PSK Whirlpool - Author0:41:56 
20Skil - Shimano0:48:16 

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