Greipel sprints to victory in Challenge Mallorca opener

Van Genechten and McLay round out podium at Trofeo Porreres

André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) sprinted to victory in Thursday's Trofeo Porreres –  Felanitx – Ses Salines – Campos, the first of four one-day races at the 2017 Challenge Mallorca.

Jonas Van Genechten (Cofidis) claimed runner-up honors, while Daniel McLay (Fortuneo - Vital Concept) took third in a close high-speed battle at the end of a 161.8-km day racing from Porreres to Campos.

Kersten Thiele (Germany), Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Pablo Torres (Burgos-BH) and Pello Olaberria (Euskadi-Murias) jumped clear of the bunch early to form the day's breakaway. Their advantage over the peloton topped out at a little over three minutes before the pack began to reel them back in, with the sprinters' teams eager to control the race ahead of a flat finish.

The catch was made 20km from the finale, setting up a bunch kick for the win. Greipel proved fastest on the finishing straight, opening up his sprint early and narrowly holding off Van Genechten at the line, with McLay just behind.

"It was our goal to get a sprint and we succeeded in it," Greipel said. "Rémy Mertz did an amazing job in his first pro race. He was riding at the head of the bunch for more than one hundred kilometres, controlling the gap on his own. Really impressive. In the last fifteen kilometres Bart De Clercq, Tomasz Marczynski and Frederik Frison came to the front. When entering the last three kilometres, I still had Tim Wellens, Moreno Hofland and Jürgen Roelandts in support. Moreno Hofland took Jürgen and me into the last kilometre. We needed to get first to the passage with traffic islands and so we did. We got through it without any problems. I started sprinting with 250 metres to go.

"We dictated the whole stage with the team, so it's nice to finish it off after all the work of the teammates. This is a perfect start of the season. Tomorrow and the day after it’s up to Tiesj Benoot, Louis Vervaeke and Tim Wellens. I have another chance on Sunday."

The racing in Mallorca continues Friday with the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, a more climber-friendly affair.

As the Challenge Mallorca is not technically a stage race but instead a string of UCI 1.1 races, teams can change their line-up for each event. Movistar's Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana both kick off their seasons in Friday's race. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal3:41:35 
2Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
3Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
4Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
5Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
6Jonathan Diebben (GBr) Team Sky  
7Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
8Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
9Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky  
10Vicente Garcia De Mateos Rubio (Spa) Spain  
11Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
12Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
13Xavier Cañellas Sanchez (Spa) Spain  
14Julen Irizar Laskurain (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
15Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Spain  
16Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
17Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
18Josep Miralles Rigo (Spa) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
19Dylan Page (Swi) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
20Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
21Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
22Oliver Wood (GBr) Great Britain  
23Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
24Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe  
25Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
26Jose Daniel Viejo Redondo (Spa) Spain  
27Daniel Lopez Parada (Spa) Burgos-BH  
28Boris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
29Hendrikus Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
30Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
31Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
32Joan Ruiz Vicens (Spa) Burgos-BH  
33Marco Zamparella (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
34David Galarreta Ugarte (Spa) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
35Christopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain  
36Erwann Corbel (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:00:07 
37Gaspar Mas (Spa) Nice Pro Cycling Team  
38Konrad Geßner (Ger) Germany  
39Marco Bernardinetti (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
40Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
41Mark Stewart (GBr) Great Britain  
42Uri Martins Sandoval (Mex) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
43Nuno Matos (Por) Movistar Team  
44Carlos Antonio Jimenez Lozano (Spa) Equipo Bolivia  
45Omar Alberto Mendoza Cardona (Col) Equipo Bolivia  
46Jorge Cubero Galvez (Spa) Burgos-BH  
47Gotzon Udondo Santamaria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:00:11 
48Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
49Brian Kamstra (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
50Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Spain  
51Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team  
52Alvaro Robredo Crespo (Spa) Burgos-BH  
53Theo Reinhardt (Ger) Germany  
54Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
55Henning Bommel (Ger) Germany  
56Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
57Jérôme Pulidori (Fra) Nice Pro Cycling Team  
58Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
59Josu Zabala (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
60Danilo Celano (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
61Pedro Gregori Martinez (Spa) Equipo Bolivia  
62Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
63Julio Alberto Amores Palacios (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
64Raul Castrillo Sedano (Spa) Burgos-BH  
65Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain  
66Joel García (Dom) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
67Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
68Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
69Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team  
70Samuel Harrison (GBr) Great Britain  
71David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
72Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team  
73Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
74Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
75David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH  
76Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
77Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
78Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
79Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team  
80Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team  
81Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
82Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-Hansgrohe  
83Illart Zuazubiskar Gallastegi (Spa) Spain  
84Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
85Romain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:00:28 
86Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Nice Pro Cycling Team0:00:30 
87Ibai Salas Zorrozua (Spa) Burgos-BH  
88Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:00:33 
89Jon Irisarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
90Alexander Aranburu (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
91Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Equipo Bolivia  
92Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team0:00:35 
93Nils Schomber (Ger) Germany0:00:39 
94Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
95Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
96Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:00:45 
97Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky0:00:47 
98Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:00:50 
99Ryan Macanally (Aus) Nice Pro Cycling Team0:00:51 
100Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
101Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
102Sergio Rodriguez Reche (Spa) Equipo Bolivia0:00:55 
103Adrian Gonzalez Velasco (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:01:01 
104Maxime Daniel (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:05 
105Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky  
106Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
107Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
108Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
109Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
110Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
111Ander Barrenetxea Uriarte (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
112Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
113Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:19 
114Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal  
115Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:29 
116Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
117Gregory Obando Brenes (CRc) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
118Pablo Torres Muia?O (Spa) Burgos-BH0:01:43 
119Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:44 
120Sebastian Mora Vedri (Spa) Spain  
121Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
122Jonas Koch (Ger) Germany  
123William Guzmán (Dom) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team0:03:39 
124David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:03:47 
125Steven Burke (GBr) Great Britain0:04:32 
126Cristian Galvan Cortes (Spa) Spain  
127Gilber Zurita (Bol) Equipo Bolivia  
128Javier Arando (Bol) Equipo Bolivia  
129Jasper Frahm (Ger) Germany0:04:51 
130Eneko Lizarralde Delgado (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
131Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:04:57 
132Pello Olaberria Arruabarrena (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:05:01 
133Mikel Elorza Pagaldai (Spa) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
134Kersten Thiele (Ger) Germany  
135Lucas Liß (Ger) Germany  
136Adrián Nuñez (Dom) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
137Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
138Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:25 
139Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:06:00 
140Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
141Bacilio Ramos Ticona (Bol) Equipo Bolivia0:06:34 
142Cédric Jolidon (Swi) Nice Pro Cycling Team0:12:19 

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