Challenge Mallorca: Buchmann wins Trofeo Andratx-Lloseta

German takes victory with solo move

Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) soloed to victory on the second day of the Challenge Mallorca at the Trofeo Andratx-Lloseta. Defending champion Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) crossed the line for second place, with Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) claiming third.

In a highly aggressive finale, 26-year-old Buchmann took his opportunity on the descent off the final climb, with just over 20 kilometres to go - a few kilometres after the day’s break had been swept up by what was left of the main group behind.

Buchmann was never far ahead of the bunch, taking little more than 30 seconds at any given time, but the German rider proved resilient to their efforts. A late attack from Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and Jose Herrada (Cofidis), with 13 kilometres remaining, proved fruitless and Buchmann ploughed on alone.

Eventually, a group of six chasers, including Wellens, Mollema, Martin and Thursday’s winner Jesus Herrada formed and began making inroads into Buchmann’s lead. However, it would prove too little too late and Buchmann held on for victory, his first since taking the German national title in 2015.

How it happened

After a hilly opening day at the Challenge Mallorca, the second day of action in the Trofeo Andratx-Lloseta would provide another chance for the climbing inclined. The 168km route contained three climbs with the category 1 Puig Major the last ascent of the day.

There was some sun about, but it was still cool, and the riders wrapped up for the conditions. As it would be in the final kilometres, the opening part of the race was aggressive, with plenty of attacks coming off the front of the peloton. A large group of 30 riders broke free after 15 kilometres but that would be whittled down to four over the next 10 kilometres.

Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Peio Goikoetxea (Equipo Euskadi) and Oscar Pelegri (Spain) were the four that emerged from that group to make the day’s break. The quartet built up a lead of just over three minutes before the peloton began to reel them back in. The four became three when Pelegri suffered a crash and was dropped just shy of the final climb up the Puig Major.

With 80 kilometres remaining, the three remaining leaders had just under 1:30 on the riders behind. As they ascended the Puig Major, the peloton sprang into action, with four riders setting off in chase of the leaders. Simone Pettili (UAE Team Emirates), Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis), Sergio Samitier (Euskadi Basque Country), and Ibai Azurmendi (Equipo Euskadi) caught the dropped Pelegri before soon dropping him.

That group of four then split, with Petilli and Samitier catching Skujins and Edet with around 70 kilometres still to go after Goikoetxea had already been dropped. The gap to the leaders continued to close, however, and, with the peloton just over a minute behind, the attacks began again. Petilli tried to go solo and gained 30 seconds on his former companions but they were back together by the top of the climb, with Skujins making the summit first and going on to win the mountains prize.

World champion Alejandro Valverde was still in contention in the main group and Movistar put in the work on the front to try and shut down the breakaway. The leaders began to drop under the pressure behind and the group was eventually reeled in with 24 kilometres remaining.

The catch signalled a series of attacks before Buchmann made his crucial move. The Bora-Hansgrohe rider quickly built up an advantage, despite yet more attacks coming from behind. With four kilometres remaining Martin, Roelandts, Gianluca Brambilla, Warren Barguil, Wellens and Jesús Herrada began to close him down but Buchmann had done enough to hold onto the race win.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe4:39:03 
2Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:16 
3Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek - Segafredo0:00:19 
4Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Charles0:00:21 
5Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:35 
6Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek - Segafredo  
7Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team0:00:37 
8Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Movistar Team0:00:41 
9Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea - Samsic0:00:45 
10Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:51 
11Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
12Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Equipo Euskadi  
13Daniel Martin (Irl) Uae Team Emirates0:00:56 
14Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora - Hansgrohe0:01:14 
15Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek - Segafredo  
16Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Charles  
17Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
18Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team0:01:16 
19Steff Cras (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin  
20Simone Petilli (Ita) Uae Team Emirates  
21Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
22Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
23Edward Ravasi (Ita) Uae Team Emirates  
24Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:22 
25Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora - Hansgrohe  
26Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros Rga  
27Aaron Van Poucke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
28Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:26 
29Jesper Hansen (Den) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
30Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
31Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:30 
32Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek - Segafredo0:01:32 
33Ian Boswell (USA) Team Katusha Alpecin0:01:38 
34Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:54 
35Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:05:43 
36Daniel Pearson (GBr) Canyon Dhb p/b Bloor Homes0:10:58 
37David Gonzalez Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros Rga  
38Antonio Molina Canet (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros Rga  
39Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Bike Aid  
40Ibai Azurmendi Sagastibeltza (Spa) Equipo Euskadi  
41Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
42Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora - Hansgrohe  
43Alvaro Cuadros Morata (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros Rga  
44Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Equipo Euskadi  
45Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
46Antonio Jesus Soto Guirao (Spa) Equipo Euskadi  
47Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
48Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team Katusha Alpecin  
49Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Uae Team Emirates  
50Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek - Segafredo  
51Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team  
52Fernando Barcelo Aragon (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
53Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie  
54Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:15:32 
55Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
56Adam De Vos (Can) Rally Uhc Cycling  
57Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
58Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
59Daire Feeley (Irl) Evopro Racing  
60Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
61Justin Timmermans (Ned) Roompot - Charles0:15:35 
62Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
63Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling Academy  
64Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Team Arkea - Samsic  
65Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team  
66Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
67Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
68Ryan Anderson (Can) Rally Uhc Cycling  
69Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) Uae Team Emirates  
70Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
71Unai Cuadrado Ruiz De Gauna (Spa) Equipo Euskadi  
72John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek - Segafredo  
73Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha Alpecin  
74Marco Marcato (Ita) Uae Team Emirates  
75Amael Moinard (Fra) Team Arkea - Samsic  
76Peio Goikoetxea Goiogana (Spa) Equipo Euskadi0:20:10 
77Oscar Pelegri Ferrandis (Spa) Spain  
78Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team  
79Julio Alberto Amores Palacios (Spa) Spain  
80Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin  
81Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
82Thimo Willems (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
83Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
84Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team  
85Kristijan Ðurasek (Cro) Uae Team Emirates  
86Hernan Ricardo Aguirre Caipa (Col) Interpro Cycling Academy  
87Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team  
88Juan Antonio Lopez-Cozar Jaimez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
89Robert-Jon Mccarthy (Irl) Canyon Dhb p/b Bloor Homes0:20:14 
90Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Bora - Hansgrohe0:20:21 
OTLAdrien Guillonnet (Fra) Interpro Cycling Academy0:24:01 
OTLSebastian Mora Vedri (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros Rga  
OTLAlbert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Spain  
OTLWillem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Team Katusha Alpecin  
OTLSenne Leysen (Bel) Roompot - Charles  
OTLJohannes Hodapp (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw p/b Sks Germany  
OTLUnai Iribar Jauregi (Spa) Spain  
OTLDiego Lopez Fuentes (Spa) Equipo Euskadi  
OTLFabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
OTLJean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Bora - Hansgrohe  
OTLGotzon Udondo Santamaria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:24:06 
OTLChristophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
Back to top