Challenge Mallorca: Brambilla solos to victory in Port de Andratx

Kwiatkowski and Stybar complete the podium

Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep) won the second race in the Challenge Mallorca series with a brave solo attack, holding off the peloton by just a few metres after going clear on the last climb of the race from Pollenca to Andratx down the hilly spine of the island.

His former teammate and former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski was second on his debut in Team Sky colours, with Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-Quickstep) completing the podium. Cannondale’s Dylan Van Baarle was fourth and Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) was fifth, indicating he is on form as begins the final season of his career. Bradley Wiggins was in action with the Great Britain track team but finished in the main peloton some 18 minutes back.

It was only Brambilla’s second victory of his career, coming almost six years after his first win at the GP. Nobili Rubinetterie in Italy.

"This victory is fantastic, especially looking at the podium, where I’m ahead of two world champions and two great friends. I'm very happy,” the Italian rider said.
"My form is good, but not super good. The race was hard. The peloton was reduced down because there had been a lot of attacks. I was riding to set up Trentin but attacked to make the others work. I gave it everything on the last long climb and got away and managed to stay away all the way to the finish.”

“It’s great to win I’m not a rider who wins often. I took my chance. I want to dedicate this win to my girlfriend Cristina, yesterday marked the eighth anniversary of when we first met. It’s a nice present for her as were also expecting baby in May.”

How it happened

The second race in the Challenge Mallorca series was a far hillier affair, starting in Pollenca in the north and climbing several big hills near the north coast before the rolling run to Andratx in the south.

The climbs sparked a first selection after 50km, on the second category Femenies climb. Most teams had riders in there, either riding for themselves or protecting their team leaders. The gap to the peloton grew quickly but then the Lotto Soudal picked up the chase in the hope that Andre Greipel could take a second victory. However the race route was too tough for the German sprinter and the racing too aggressive. The gap came down to less that three minutes but Greipel eventually threw in the towel.

Two final climbs offered a launch pad for attacks and after several failed attempts; Brambilla timed his move well, with other riders hesitant to commit to the chase. His lead was never huge but he fought to stay away and celebrated with his arms in the air –five years after his last victory, as Kwiatkowski and Stybar lead home the remains of the peloton.

Saturday’s third race of the Challenge Mallorca from Soller to Deia is the hardest of the four despite only being 143km long. It includes six tough climbs, including the well-known Coll de Sóller and the Puigmajor, before a final climb in the final kilometres. The series ends on Sunday with a race for the sprinters to Palma.  

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step3:32:23 
2Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:00:02 
3Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step  
4Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
5Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
6Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo  
7Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18  
8Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
9Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky  
10Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
11Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data  
12Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step  
13Vicente Reynes (Spa) IAM Cycling  
14Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-Step  
15José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
16Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Great Britain  
17Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
18Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:10 
19Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
20Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky0:00:21 
21Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
22Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:27 
23Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:00:49 
24Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team  
25Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
26Marcos Jurado (Spa) Spain0:00:54 
27Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:15 
28Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:43 
29Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:01:46 
30Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
31Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:02:35 
32Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country0:03:07 
33Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
34Matti Breschel (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
35Benat Txoperena (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
36José Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:03:13 
37Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling0:03:53 
38Ivan Balykin (Rus) GM Europa Ovini  
39Vicente Garcia (Spa) Spain0:03:54 
40Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
41Enric Mas (Spa) Spain0:03:57 
42Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
43Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos BH  
44Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain  
45Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ  
46Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-Segafredo  
47Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
48Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
49Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
50Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling  
51Albert Torres (Spa) Spain  
52Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling  
53Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos BH  
54Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
55Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
56Hector Saez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:03 
57David Belda Garcia (Spa) Team Roth  
58Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
59Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal  
60Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
61Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
62Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
63Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth  
64Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
65Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
66Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling0:04:07 
67Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data  
68Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data  
69Oliver Zaugg (Swi) IAM Cycling  
70Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
71David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky  
72Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
73Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
74Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
75Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
76Benat Intxausti (Spa) Team Sky  
77Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data  
78Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo  
79José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18  
80Sergei Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
81Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ  
82Dmitrii Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
83Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
84Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
85Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
86Johnathan Dibben (GBr) Great Britain  
87Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling  
88Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ0:07:31 
89Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling0:10:51 
90Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky  
91Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
92Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
93Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
94Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Roth  
95Colin Stüssi (Swi) Team Roth  
96Valentin Baillifard (Swi) Team Roth  
97Iain Paton (GBr) Great Britain  
98Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
99Nico Brüngger (Swi) Team Roth  
100Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
101Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
102Oscar Pelegri (Spa) Spain  
103Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ0:10:54 
104Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky  
105David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
106Federico Burchio (Ita) GM Europa Ovini0:13:40 
107Artem Samolenkov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:16:12 
108Alexander Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
109Eneko Lizarralde (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
OTLSebastian Mora (Spa) Spain0:18:16 
OTLPeio Olaberria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
OTLDaniel Bichlmann (Ger) Stradalli-BikeAid  
OTLArnau Sole (Spa) Burgos BH  
OTLVadim Zhuravlev (Rus) Lokosphinx  
OTLGiacomo Tomio (Ita) Team Roth  
OTLLorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ  
OTLNicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth  
OTLNikodemus Holler (Ger) Stradalli-BikeAid  
OTLJan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18  
OTLAndrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
OTLJon Ander Insausti (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
OTLIgor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
OTLMarc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ  
OTLLuis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
OTLPablo Torres (Spa) Burgos BH  
OTLAnthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
OTLVasilii Neustroev (Rus) Lokosphinx  
OTLAdrian Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
OTLJérémy Maison (Fra) FDJ  
OTLMamyr Stash (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
OTLAndrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team  
OTLGotzon Udondo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
OTLMerhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data  
OTLIgor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data  
OTLDaniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data  
OTLAlexander Serov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
OTLAmanuel Mengis (Eri) Stradalli-BikeAid  
OTLIllart Zuazubiscar (Spa) Spain  
OTLSergey Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
OTLJulio Amores (Spa) Spain  
OTLYves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
OTLStijn Devolder (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
OTLAndre Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
OTLBradley Wiggins (GBr) Great Britain  
OTLAndrew Tennant (GBr) Great Britain  
OTLDmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
OTLAndrey Sazanov (Rus) GM Europa Ovini  
OTLJose Marquez (Spa) GM Europa Ovini0:22:26 
OTLRoman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
OTLAntonio Di Sante (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
OTLFilippo Fortin (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
OTLAlex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
DNFAndré Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
DNFJurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFAlexey Kurbatov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFTimo Schäfer (Ger) Stradalli-BikeAid  
DNFJoschka Beck (Ger) Stradalli-BikeAid  
DNFDominik Merseburg (Ger) Stradalli-BikeAid  
DNFMatthias Schnapka (Ger) Stradalli-BikeAid  
DNFPatrick Lechner (Ger) Stradalli-BikeAid  
DNFJuan Carlos Riutort (Spa) Burgos BH  
DNFAlvaro Robredo (Spa) Burgos BH  
DNFVictor Martin (Spa) Burgos BH  
DNFDaniel Lopez (Spa) Burgos BH  
DNFAndrea Di Renzo (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFAndrea Ruscetta (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFOwain Doull (GBr) Great Britain  
DNFChristopher Lathan (GBr) Great Britain  
Mountain 1-Coll De Femenias (Cat. 2) km. 50
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country10 pts
2Marcos Jurado (Spa) Spain7 
3Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal5 
4Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3 
5José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 182 
6Sergei Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx1 
Mountain 2-Coll Des Grau (Cat. 3), km. 112.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal6 pts
2Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country4 
3Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits2 
4Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team1 
Mountain 3-Coll De Galilea (Cat. 3), km. 121.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal6 pts
2Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team4 
3Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step2 
4Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky1 
Sprint 1-Pollença, km. 35.7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country3 pts
2Julio Amores (Spa) Spain2 
3Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling1 
Sprint 2-Esporles, km. 103.7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling3 pts
2Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country2 
3Julio Amores (Spa) Spain1 
Special sprint 1-Lloseta, km. 72
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country3 pts
2Johnathan Dibben (GBr) Great Britain2 
3Marcos Jurado (Spa) Spain1 
Special sprint 2-Paguera, km. 133.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling3 pts
2Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo2 
3Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Etixx - Quick-Step10:37:13 
2Movistar Team0:00:02 
3Team Sky0:00:21 
4Bora-Argon 180:02:05 
6Lotto Soudal0:03:00 
7Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:03:21 
8Cannondale Pro Cycling0:06:12 
9IAM Cycling0:07:48 
10Great Britain0:08:02 
11Dimension Data0:08:08 
12Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:08:10 
14Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:10:17 
16Team Roth0:18:53 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country14 pts
2Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal11 
3Marcos Jurado (Spa) Spain7 
4Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal6 
5Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team4 
6Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3 
7Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step2 
8Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits2 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country5 pts
2Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling4 
Special sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country3 pts
2Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling3 
3Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo2 
4Johnathan Dibben (GBr) Great Britain2 
5Marcos Jurado (Spa) Spain1 
6Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team1 
Combination classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country4 pts
2Marcos Jurado (Spa) Spain3 
3Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling3 
4Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team3 
5Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step2 
6Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal2 
7Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team2 
8Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA2 


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