Marcel Kittel takes first win in almost a year at Trofeo Palma

German starts season with a much needed win

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) took his first win in almost twelve months with victory in the Trofeo Palma - the final race of the 2019 Challenge Mallorca. The German was delivered to the line perfectly by his teammates, who had chased down an early break before Kittel won the sprint to the line ahead of Timothy Dupont (Wanty - Groupe Gobert) and Hugo Hofstetter (Cofidis).

The 30-year-old German sprinter had not won a race since taking two stages of Tirreno-Adriatico last March. Kittel moved to Katusha-Alpecin at the start of the 2018 season but struggled almost throughout due to a combination of illnesses and a lack of form. He abandoned the Tour de France in July after missing out on a stage win and eventually ended his season in late August.

On Sunday Kittel was unstoppable, hitting the front with over 125m to go and powering to the line to take the win by over a bike length.

"I'm very, very happy because this is more than just winning a race. For me it's also a little comeback after last year. Last year wasn't great and I had to struggle a lot. In the last few days I've felt that my legs are good and I'm very happy that I can give this victory to my teammates, and also the confidence that comes with it," Kittel said at the finish.

"The team did a great job the whole day. They protected me and we stayed together on the difficult moment on the climb. It's really good, and I'm very happy."

More to come...



Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin3:45:23 
2Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team  
3Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits  
4Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
5André Greipel (Ger) Team Arkea-Samsic  
6Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
7Maxence Moncassin (Fra) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
8John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo  
9Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team  
10José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
11Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
12Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
13Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
14Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
15Sasha Weemaes (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
16Mikel Alonso Flores (Spa) Equipo Euskadi  
17Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
18Robert-Jon Mccarthy (Irl) Canyon Dhb P / B Bloor Homes  
19Jose Daniel Viejo Redondo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
20Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
21Lucas Carstensen (Ger) Bike Aid  
22Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Movistar Team  
23Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
24Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Evopro Racing  
25Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
26Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
27Oscar Pelegri Ferrandis (Spa) Vito-Feirense-PNB  
28Daire Feeley (Irl) Evopro Racing  
29John Murphy (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
30Aaron Van Poucke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
31Joan Marti Bennassar Rossello (Spa) Spain  
32Sean De Bie (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
33Seid Lizde (Ita) Evopro Racing  
34Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits  
35Pier Andre Cote (Can) Rally UHC Cycling  
36Mark Downey (Irl) Evopro Racing  
37Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
38Xavier Cañellas Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
39Boy van Poppel (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
40Thimo Willems (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
41Marco Mathis (Ger) Cofidis Solutions Credits  
42Alan Banaszek (Pol) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
43Senne Leysen (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
44Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Equipo Euskadi  
45Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
46Luis Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team  
47Gotzon Udondo Santamaria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
48Jan-André Freuler (Swi) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
49Alex Colman (Bel) Canyon Dhb p/b Bloor Homes  
50Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Interpro Cycling Academy  
51Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
52Fernando Barcelo Aragon (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
53Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
54Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
55Alex Paton (GBr) Canyon Dhb p/b Bloor Homes  
56Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Bora-Hansgrohe  
57Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team  
58Per Christian Münstermann (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany  
59Unai Cuadrado Ruiz De Gauna (Spa) Equipo Euskadi  
60Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
61Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team  
62Jon Knolle (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany  
63Cormac Mcgeough (Irl) Evopro Racing  
64Jacob Hennessy (GBr) Canyon Dhb p/b Bloor Homes  
65Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
66Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
67Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
68Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Interpro Cycling Academy  
69Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
70Tyler Magner (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
71Romain Le Roux (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
72Joann Leinau (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany0:00:11 
73Sjoerd van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
74Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy  
75Samuel Ponce Alvarez (And) Interpro Cycling Academy  
76Ibai Azurmendi Sagastibeltza (Spa) Equipo Euskadi  
77Juan Antonio Lopez-Cozar Jaimez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
78Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team  
79Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
80Brian van Goethem (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
81Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team  
82Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
83Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
84Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
85Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team  
86Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits  
87Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Bike Aid  
88Florian Hudry (Fra) Interpro Cycling Academy  
89Louis Leinau (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany  
90Justin Wolf (Ger) Bike Aid  
91Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
92Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
93Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
94Lars Boom (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
95Sebastian Mora Vedri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
96Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin  
97Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
98Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
99Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:23 
100Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo0:00:25 
101Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
102Rui Filipe Alves Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates  
103Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
104David Gonzalez Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:29 
105Pim Ligthart (Ned) Direct Energie0:00:35 
106Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits0:00:42 
107Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo0:00:46 
108Matthew Bostock (GBr) Canyon Dhb p/b Bloor Homes0:00:48 
109Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team  
110Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:00 
111Robert Britton (Can) Rally UHC Cycling0:01:10 
112Peio Goikoetxea Goiogana (Spa) Equipo Euskadi0:01:13 
113Pau Llaneras Casas (Spa) Spain  
114Markel Irizar Aramburu (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
115Mario Gonzalez Salas (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
116Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
117Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates  
118Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team  
119Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
120Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
121Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
122Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits  
123Ian Boswell (USA) Katusha-Alpecin  
124Evan Huffman (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
125Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
126Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates0:01:51 
127Adam De Vos (Can) Rally UHC Cycling0:02:09 
128Simon Sellier (Fra) Direct Energie0:04:18 
129Thibault Guernalec (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
130Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:53 
131Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Spain0:05:03 
132Iltjan Nika (Alb) Amore & Vita-Prodir0:06:48 
133Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Evopro Racing  
134Daniel Bichlmann (Ger) Bike Aid  
135Unai Iribar Jauregi (Spa) Spain  
136Jokin Aranburu Arruti (Spa) Equipo Euskadi  
137Felix Intra (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany  
138Dzmitry Zhyhunou (Blr) Equipo Euskadi  
139Marc Buades Ferriol (Spa) Spain  
140Robert Thomas Wagner (Ger) Team Arkea-Samsic  
141Alfdan De Decker (Bel) Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team  
142Stijn De Bock (Bel) Canyon Dhb p/b Bloor Homes  
143Dominic Mestre (Por) Evopro Racing0:09:08 
144David Casanovas Alegri (Spa) Interpro Cycling Academy  
145Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
146Julio Alberto Amores Palacios (Spa) Spain  


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