Greipel wins the first Challenge Mallorca race

German beats Bennett and Boasson Hagen

Andre Greipel(Lotto Soudal) won the opening race of the Challenge Mallorca series, hitting the finish line a bike length clear after dominating sprint to the finish in Porreres, south of Palma.

The German sprinter beat Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data). Ramunas Navardauskas (Cannondale) was fourth, with Matteo Trentin (Etixx-QuickStep) fifth. Britain’s Andy Fenn (Team Sky) was seventh, with Owen Doull (Great Britain) 14th. Bradley Wiggins rode for the Great Britain team and finished safely in the peloton in 135th place.

The sprint came after the peloton tackled the short fourth category El Coll is Monjos climb with just five kliometres to but Greipel had the strength to handle the climb and win the sprint, raising one am in the air in celebration.

The race marked the start of Greipel’s 2016 season and showed he has enjoyed an excellent winter of training. It is the 124th victory of his 12-year professional career.

"It's always good to start the season with a victory and also finish off the work of the team, I think it was a deserved victory," Greipel told Biciclismo after collecting the flowers and a giant cheque on the podium.

“It's my seventh consecutive time here so I know the roads quite well. I like this race, I like to ride here, the weather is fantastic, it's like early spring in January and it’s a pleasure to compete in these conditions, "

Greipel confirmed that his Lotto Soudal teammates did a lot of the work to chase down the early break and the late attacks.

"The start was very quick before the break went clear and we then tried to control the race. The guys did a good job to keep the difference at bay and end our launch worked well. The last 40 kilometres were very fast, with the wind on the left side, so we had to push as hard as we could to keep things in order but I have a great team and we did." Greipel concluded.

How it happened

The 174km race was the first of four races that make up the Challenge Mallorca series; with riders able to swap out from races as they and their teams feel fit, depending on fitness and the race profiles.

This first race includes four fourth category climbs but the sprinters and their teams were determined to control the race.

The early attacks were all pulled back and the break of the race eventually formed after 26km when Domingos Goncalves (Caja Rural) got away. He was quickly joined by Eneko Lizarralde (Euskadi Basque Country–Murias) and Grischa Janorschke (Team Roth) of Germany. They opened a four-minute lead but the peloton kept them in check despite gusting winds making things difficult.

The peloton came back together under the impetus of the sprinters’ teams with 25km to go but then first—year senior rider Xavier Canellas, riding for the Spanish national team, attacked alone. He opened a 30-second lead and hung off the front until six kilometres to go.

The peloton hit the last climb all together. Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep), Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale) and Ángel Madrazo (Caja Rural) tried attacks but the speed was high and the front of the peloton quickly reformed over the top of the climb.

The final two hundred metres were on straight road with a left turn just before the finish line. Greipel made sure he had the best line and came through the curve near the barriers to hit the finish with an arm in the air.

On Friday many of the same riders from the first Challenge Mallorca race will be in action in the Trofeo Pollenca-Port de Andratx race which includes several serious climbs and a rolling finish.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal4:05:15 
2Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18  
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data  
4Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
5Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
6Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling  
7Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky  
8Filippo Fortin (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
9Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ  
10Albert Torres (Spa) Spain  
11Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
12José Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
13Federico Burchio (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
14Owain Doull (GBr) Great Britain  
15Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data  
16Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
17Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
18Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
19Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
20Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
21Christopher Lathan (GBr) Great Britain  
22Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM Cycling  
23Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ  
24Vicente Reynes (Spa) IAM Cycling  
25Ivan Balykin (Rus) GM Europa Ovini  
26Hector Saez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
27Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
28Sergey Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
29Jon Irisarri (Spa) Spain  
30Vicente Garcia (Spa) Spain  
31Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth  
32Joschka Beck (Ger) Stradalli-BikeAid  
33Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
34Alberto Cecchin (Ita) Team Roth  
35Oliver Wood (GBr) Great Britain  
36Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
37Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
38Matti Breschel (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
39Daniel Lopez (Spa) Burgos BH  
40Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
41Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
42Sergei Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
43Vasilii Neustroev (Rus) Lokosphinx  
44Andre Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
45Artem Samolenkov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
46Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
47Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data  
48Jorge Cubero (Spa) Burgos BH  
49Dmitrii Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
50Jon Ander Insausti (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
51Mamyr Stash (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
52David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky  
53Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
54Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
55Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
56Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
57Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
58Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling  
59Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
60Illart Zuazubiscar (Spa) Spain  
61Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
62Alexander Serov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
63Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling  
64Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
65Matteo Rotondi (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
66Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
67Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos BH  
68Adrian Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
69Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
70Oliver Zaugg (Swi) IAM Cycling  
71Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data  
72Alexander Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
73Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step  
74Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos BH  
75Matthias Krizek (Aut) Team Roth  
76Alexey Kurbatov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
77Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling  
78Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky  
79Eneko Lizarralde (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country0:00:19 
80Juan Carlos Riutort (Spa) Burgos BH  
81Victor Martin (Spa) Burgos BH  
82Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
83Bruno Pires (Por) Team Roth  
84Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
85Martin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth  
86Vadim Zhuravlev (Rus) Lokosphinx  
87Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
88Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
89Marco D'Urbano (Ita) Team Roth  
90Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
91Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ  
92Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
93Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
94Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data  
95Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
96Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain  
97Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
98Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
99Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
100Jaime Roson (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
101Daniel Bichlmann (Ger) Stradalli-BikeAid  
102Peio Olaberria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
103Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team  
104Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek-Segafredo  
105Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team  
106Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ  
107Julio Amores (Spa) Spain  
108Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
109Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team  
110Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ  
111Benat Txoperena (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
112Marcos Jurado (Spa) Spain  
113Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo  
114Gotzon Udondo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
115Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos BH  
116Andrey Sazanov (Rus) GM Europa Ovini  
117Damien Garcia (Fra) Stradalli-BikeAid  
118Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
119Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos BH  
120Jérémy Maison (Fra) FDJ  
121Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team  
122Jose Marquez (Spa) GM Europa Ovini  
123Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky  
124Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
125Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
126Davide Pacchiardo (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
127Sebastian Mora (Spa) Spain  
128Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
129Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18  
130Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
131Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18  
132Andrew Tennant (GBr) Great Britain  
133Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
134Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
135Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Great Britain  
136Timo Schäfer (Ger) Stradalli-BikeAid  
137Matt Brammeier (Irl) Dimension Data0:00:31 
138Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo  
139Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data  
140Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
141Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ0:00:33 
142Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:36 
143Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
144Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
145Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:00:39 
146Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:44 
147Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
148Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:02 
149Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:01:14 
150Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:01:15 
151Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
152Tristan Marguet (Swi) Team Roth0:01:20 
153Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:01:22 
154Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:01:27 
155Steven Burke (GBr) Great Britain0:01:38 
156Meron Teshome Hagos (Eri) Stradalli-BikeAid  
157Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:01:49 
158Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:06 
159Patrick Lechner (Ger) Stradalli-BikeAid0:02:30 
160Xavier Canellas (Spa) Spain0:02:45 
161Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:03:25 
162Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth  
163Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
164Matthias Schnapka (Ger) Stradalli-BikeAid  
165Andrea Ruscetta (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
166Dominik Merseburg (Ger) Stradalli-BikeAid0:03:29 
DNSJohnathan Dibben (GBr) Great Britain  
Mountain-1 (Cat 4) km. 59.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eneko Lizarralde (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country3 pts
2Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth2 
3Andre Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1 
Mountain-2 (Cat.4) Coll Es Monjos, km. 77.2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eneko Lizarralde (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country3 pts
2Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth2 
3Andre Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1 
Mountain-3 (Cat 4) km. 154.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eneko Lizarralde (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country3 pts
2Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country2 
3Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth1 
Mountain-4 (Cat 4) Coll Es Monjos, km. 171.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling3 pts
2Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step2 
3Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo1 
Sprint 1 - Ses Salines, km.29.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andre Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3 pts
2Eneko Lizarralde (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country2 
3Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth1 
Sprint 2 - Ses Salines, km.126.40
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andre Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3 pts
2Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth2 
3Eneko Lizarralde (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country1 
Special sprint 1 - -Campos, km. 71.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth3 pts
2Andre Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA2 
3Eneko Lizarralde (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country1 
Special sprint 2 --Campos, km. 167.20
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Xavier Canellas (Spa) Spain3 pts
2Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data2 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1GM Europa Ovini12:15:45 
2IAM Cycling  
3Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
4Dimension Data  
5Spain  
6Great Britain  
7Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
8Cannondale Pro Cycling  
9Gazprom-Rusvelo  
10Lotto Soudal  
11Team Sky  
12Lokosphinx  
13Etixx - Quick-Step  
14Team Roth  
15Burgos BH  
16Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
17FDJ0:00:19 
18Trek-Segafredo  
19Bora-Argon 180:00:38 
20Stradalli - Bike Aid  
21Movistar Team0:00:57 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eneko Lizarralde (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country9 pts
2Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth5 
3Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling3 
4Andre Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA2 
5Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country2 
6Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step2 
7Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo1 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andre Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA6 pts
2Eneko Lizarralde (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country3 
3Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth3 
Special Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Xavier Canellas (Spa) Spain3 pts
2Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth3 
3Andre Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA2 
4Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data2 
5Eneko Lizarralde (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country1 
Combination classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andre Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
2Eneko Lizarralde (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
3Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth  
4Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
5Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data  
6Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo  
7Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step  
8Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
Regional rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Albert Torres (Spa) Spain4:05:15 
2Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
3Vicente Reynes (Spa) IAM Cycling  
4Juan Carlos Riutort (Spa) Burgos BH0:00:19 
5Jose Marquez (Spa) GM Europa Ovini  
6Xavier Canellas (Spa) Spain0:02:45 

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