Mallorca Challenge: Degenkolb wins Trofeo Palma

Trek-Segafredo rider grabs second victory in Mallorca to continue perfect start to 2018

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) sprinted to victory in the Trofeo Palma on Sunday to make it two wins from two at the Challenge Mallorca series and a perfect start to the 2018 season. 

The German, who had triumphed on Thursday in the Trofeo Campos-Porreres-Felanitx-Ses Salines, was again convincing winner in a bunch sprint in Palma, where Erik Baska (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished second and Coen Vermeltfoort (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) third. 

Degenkolb chose to sit out Friday and Saturday's hillier outings at the Mallorca Challenge and therefore has two victories from the two races he's started this year. For the Trek-Segafredo team as a whole it has been a successful week and start to the season, with new signing Toms Skujins winning on Saturday to ensure they leave with three of the four 'Trofeos' in the bag. 

"I am so happy. I think it's the first time I have won the first two races in a season, that's a first for me," said Degenkolb. "To have this feeling, which I missed so much last year and now I have it already twice… It's so nice to be in the winning line again."

The team certainly oozed confidence as they took responsibility in the peloton to set up Degenkolb's victory. The 160km route, starting and finishing in Palma, was always likely to culminate in a sprint, with just one categorised climb on the menu - the Coll de sa Creu after 120km.

It might have spelled danger for Degenkolb as he punctured on the approach, but he was able to get back in without any issues. The peloton then split shortly after the descent but Degenkolb and Trek were safely in the first group for the finishing lap and, despite Lotto Soudal showing their intentions for Moreno Hofland, they made no mistake. 

The day had begun with an early breakaway containing Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural), Ibai Salas (Burgos-BH), Enrico Logica (Biesse-Carrera-Gavardo), Txomin Juaristi (Fundación Euskadi), Viktor Filutas (Pannon), and Julio Amores (Spain). They quickly established a led of more than five minutes but it wasn't long before Trek-Segafredo and Lotto Soudal set about reducing the deficit, bringing it down to just 2:30 after 45km of racing. 

With the gap just over a minute, the peloton split briefly after 70km but once calm was restored the escapees were allowed to build their advantage once again. The climb, however, spelled curtains. Logica and Filutas were the first to go, and the race was back together over the summit. 

Ferrari had claimed both intermediate sprints and Juaristi the KOM, but the day belonged to Degenkolb.

"We showed again we were the strongest team in the race," said the German. "In the leadout, we picked the right moment to come to the front, and I only had to do the last 200 meters, so that was for me super nice and I am so happy. This victory is definitely a team victory - for all of us. We took the responsibility and we got the reward for it." 

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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo3:47:29 
2Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
3Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
4Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
5Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team  
6Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Inteja Dominican  
7Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
8José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
9Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky  
10Xavier Canellas (Spa) Spain  
11Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos BH  
12Kevyn Ista (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
13Romain Le Roux (Fra) Team Fortuneo-Samsic  
14Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
15Jon Ander Insausti (Spa) Team Eusadi  
16Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
17Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
18Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
19Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky  
20Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
21Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
22Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team  
23Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
24Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
25Gatzon Martin (Spa) Team Euskadi  
26Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling Academy  
27Fabricio Ferrari (Urg) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
28Ibai Salas Zorrozua (Spa) Burgos BH  
29Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:04 
30Nicolas Sessler (Bra) Burgos BH  
31Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
32Igor Merino Kortazar (Spa) Burgos BH  
33Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
34Jaime Roson (Spa) Movistar Team  
35Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:00:10 
36Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:12 
37Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:00:16 
38Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
39Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
40Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
41Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
42Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Movistar Team  
43Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:22 
44Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:26 
45Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:34 
46Brian van Goethem (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
47Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:38 
48Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:40 
49Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
50Txomin Juaristi (Spa) Team Euskadi  
51Eliot Lietaer (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
52Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:00:51 
53Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
54Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:53 
55Raul Colombo (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo0:04:59 
56Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
57Kenny Dehaes (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
58Alberto Amici (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
59Enrico Salvador (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
60Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo  
61Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
62Sebastian Mora (Spa) Spain  
63Peio Goikoetxea (Spa) Team Euskadi  
64Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
65Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky  
66Julio A Amores (Spa) Spain  
67Ibai Azurmendi (Spa) Team Euskadi  
68Nelson Andres Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
69Daniel Lopez Parada (Spa) Burgos BH  
70Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky  
71Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
72Danilo Celano (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
73Aitor Gonzalez Prieto (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
74Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Oscaro  
75Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo-Oscaro  
76Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo-Oscaro  
77Bram Welten (Ned) Fortuneo-Oscaro  
78Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
79Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
80Luca Felix Happke (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW PB SK0:06:06 
81Aaron Grosser (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW PB SK  
82Péter Simon (Hun) Pannon Cycling Team  
83Per Chris Munstermann (Ger) Team Suderland NRW PB SK  
84Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
85Adrian Gonzalez Velasco (Spa) Burgos BH  
86Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Team Euskadi  
87Jon Knolle (Ger) Team Sauderland NRW PB SK  
88Nicolo Gozzi (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
89Maxime Daniel (Fra) Fortuneo-Oscaro  
90Lorenzo Delcó (Swi) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
91Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe  
92Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
93Dániel Dina (Hun) Pannon Cycling Team  
94Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy  
95Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
96Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
97Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
98Vicente Garcia (Spa) Spain  
99Miguel A Benito Diaz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
100Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:07:14 
101Felix Intra (Ger) Team Sauderland NRW PB SK0:11:31 
102Botond Hollo (Hun) Pannon Cycling Team0:12:16 
103Viktor Filutas (Hun) Pannon Cycling Team  
104Miklos Szabo (Slo) Pannon Cycling Team  
105Antonio Molina Canet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:13:42 
106Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
107Rafael Reis (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
108Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:13:44 
109Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:14:46 
110Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Spain0:15:21 
111Gergo Orosz (Hun) Pannon Cycling Team  
112Pablo Torres Muiño (Spa) Burgos BH0:16:11 
113Márk Zathureczky (Hun) Pannon Cycling Team0:16:40 
Mountain 1 - Coll De Sa Creu - 126km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Txomin Juarusti (Spa) Team Euskadi6 pts
2Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky4 
3Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias2 
4Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe1 
Intermediate sprint 1 - Algaida, 19.2km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabricio Ferrari (Urg) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3 pts
2Txomin Juarusti (Spa) Team Euskadi2 
3Julio A Amores (Spa) Spain1 
Intermeidate sprint 2 - Santa Maria, 91km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabricio Ferrari (Urg) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3 pts
2Txomin Juarusti (Spa) Team Euskadi2 
3Julio A Amores (Spa) Spain1 
Special sprint 1 - Santa Margalida, 57.6km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julio A Amores (Spa) Spain3 pts
2Ibai Salas Zorrozua (Spa) Burgos BH2 
3Fabricio Ferrari (Urg) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1 
Special sprint 2 -1 Paso por Meta,137.8km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo3 pts
2Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal2 
3Txomin Juarusti (Spa) Team Euskadi1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team11:22:27 
2Euskadi Basque Country  
3Team Sky0:00:04 
4Burgos - BH  
5Roompot - Nederlandse0:00:10 
6Trek - Segafredo0:00:16 
7Bora - Hansgrohe  
8Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:34 
9Lotto Soudal0:00:38 
10Team Euskadi0:00:44 
11WB Aqua Protect Veranc  
12Seleccion Nacional0:04:59 
13Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
14Team Fortuneo - Samsic0:09:58 
15Israel Cycling Academy0:11:05 
16Biesse Carrera Gavardo0:14:57 
17Team Sauerland NRW PB0:18:18 
18Pannon Cycling Team0:24:28 


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