Degenkolb wins Trofeo Campos-Porreres-Felanitx-Ses Salines

German takes opening victory of the season

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) emerged victorious on the opening day of the Challenge Mallorca, beating Sondre Holst Enger (Israel Cycling Academy) and Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal) in a bunch finish in Ses Salines.

Degenkolb delivered a powerful sprint finish to claim a resounding victory on his first race day of 2018, and the German will hope that it is an augury for better things after two seasons blighted by injury.

The 179-kilometre Trofeo Campos-Porreres-Felanitix-Ses Salines marked the beginning of the 2018 European racing season and saw Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) make his first competitive appearance since he crashed out on the opening day of last year’s Tour de France.

There was a rather bracing start to the year for the peloton, as the road climbed almost immediately after the flag was dropped just outside Porreres. Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) attacked on the category 4 Coll Es Monjos, and Eloy Teruel (Spain) bridged across to the Belgian over the top of the climb.

The leading duo were joined shortly afterwards by Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Álvaro Robredo (Burgos-BH), Aitor González (Euskadi-Murias), Alberto Amici (Biesse Carrera Gavardo), Jon Ander Insausti (Fundacion Euskadi) and Botond Hollo (Pannon Cycling Team), and this eight-man move quickly established a firm lead over the peloton.

After 65 kilometres, their advantage was just shy of two minutes, and though the sprinters’ teams kept close tabs on the escapees, their buffer augmented a little further during a brisk second hour of racing, reaching a maximum of 2:45 with 60 kilometres remaining.

The break’s unity eventually fragmented on the third and last of the day’s category 4 climbs, the Coll Es Monjos. Van Hecke was once again aggressive on the ascent, and only Gonzal Serrano, Gonzalez, Amici and Insausti could follow his tempo to the top.

Behind, the speed was beginning to rise in the main peloton as Trek-Segafredo, Lotto Soudal and others began to marshal their lead-outs ahead of the fast run-in to Ses Salines, and the break’s lead was slashed accordingly.

With 50 kilometres to go, the gap was down to 1:30, and the margin tightened gradually thereafter, dropping to 46 seconds with 30 kilometres remaining. Lotto Soudal were especially active in the closing kilometres, and the Belgian squad’s efforts brought an end to Van Hecke and company’s adventure with a shade over 15 kilometres remaining.

Burgos-BH, Trek-Segafredo and Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij were all prominent in the closing kilometres as the sprinters’ teams vied for supremacy, but the strength in depth of Degenkolb’s red guard, which included Jasper Stuyven, ultimately proved telling.

After navigating the technical final kilometre, Degenkolb was well positioned as the road straightened up in the final 200 metres, and he produced a fine sprint to get his 2018 season off to the perfect start.

Holst Enger held off De Buyst for third, while Kenny Dehaes (WB-Veranclassic-Aqua Protect) took fourth ahead of Albert Torres (Spain).

The event traditionally finishes in a bunch sprint, and Degenkolb is the third German winner in as many years following André Greipel’s victories in 2016 and 2017. Other recent winners include Sacha Modolo (2014), Tyler Farrar (2011), Oscar Freire (2010) and Robbie McEwen (2009).

The Challenge Mallorca – a series of four one-day races rather than a stage race – continues on Friday with the rather hillier Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, which features six climbs, including the Coll de Puig Major, ahead of the finish Deià. Valverde, who finished safely in the main peloton, could be among those looking to test themselves on more rugged terrain on Friday.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek - Segafredo4:02:18 
2Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
3Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
4Kenny Dehaes (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
5Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) National team  
6Xavier Cañellas (Spa) National team  
7Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team  
8Erik Baska (Svk) Bora - Hansgrohe  
9Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky  
10Aaron Grosser (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P B Sk  
11Daniel Lopez Parada (Spa) Burgos - BH  
12Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
13Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
14Bram Welten (Ned) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
15Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
16Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek - Segafredo  
17Kevyn Ista (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
18Jesus Ezquerra (Spa) Burgos - BH  
19Nelson A Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
20Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
21José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
22Egoitz Fernandez (Spa) Team Euskadi  
23Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
24Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek - Segafredo  
25Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
26Lukas Pöstlberger (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
27Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
28Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
29Per Chris Münstermann (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P B Sk0:00:06 
30Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky  
31Raul Colombo (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
32Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
33Fabricio Ferrari (Arg) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
34Adrian Gonzalez (Spa) Burgos - BH  
35Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
36Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
37Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) National team0:00:08 
38Ibai Salas Zorrozua (Spa) Burgos - BH  
39Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
40Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
41Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
42Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Team Euskadi  
43Enrico Salvador (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
44Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky  
45Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky  
46Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
47Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
48Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Team Euskadi  
49Maxime Daniel (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
50Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Burgos - BH  
51Michael C Svendgaard (Den) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
52Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora - Hansgrohe  
53Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy  
54Dániel Dina (Hun) Pannon Cycling Team  
55Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
56Sebastian Mora (Spa) National team  
57Eliot Lietaer (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
58Felix Intra (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P B Sk  
59Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
60Antonio Molina Canet (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
61Markel Irizar Aramburu (Spa) Trek - Segafredo  
62Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team  
63Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
64Márton Dina (Hun) Pannon Cycling Team  
65Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
66Sindre S Lunke (Nor) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
67Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
68Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team  
69Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
70Andrey Amador (CrC) Movistar Team  
71Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek - Segafredo  
72Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
73Julio A Amores Palacio (Spa) National team0:00:18 
74Péter Simon (Hun) Pannon Cycling Team0:00:20 
75Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team  
76Louis Leinau (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P B Sk  
77Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
78Juan A Lopez-Cozar (Spa) Team Euskadi  
79Andrea Zanardini (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
80Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal0:00:29 
81Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe0:00:32 
82Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:00:39 
83Viktor Filutás (Hun) Pannon Cycling Team  
84Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
85Ludovic Robeet (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:00:40 
86Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic0:00:50 
87Pablo Torres Muiño (Spa) Burgos - BH  
88Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
89Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:53 
90Unai Iribar (Spa) National team0:00:54 
91Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
92Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
93Diego Lopez Fuentes (Spa) Team Euskadi  
94Sergio Rodriguez Reche (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:00:56 
95Gotzon Udondo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
96Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora - Hansgrohe0:01:23 
97Julien Stassen (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:01:30 
98Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:55 
99James Shaw (GBr) Lotto Soudal  
100Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek - Segafredo0:02:21 
101Luis E Lemus Davila (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:38 
102Lorenzo Delcó (Swi) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
103Jan Willem Van Schip (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:03:16 
104Peio Goikoetxea (Spa) Team Euskadi  
105Aitor Gonzalez Prieto (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
106Alvaro Robredo Crespo (Spa) Burgos - BH  
107Jon Knolle (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P B Sk  
108Jon Ander Insausti (Spa) Team Euskadi  
109Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) National team  
110Miklos Szabo (Svk) Pannon Cycling Team  
111Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
112Rafael Reis (Por) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
113Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora - Hansgrohe  
114Leopold Konig (Cze) Bora - Hansgrohe  
115Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:04:57 
116Luca Felix Happke (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P B Sk  
117Gonzalo Serrano (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:05:17 
118Gergo Orosz (Hun) Pannon Cycling Team  
119Botond Holló (Hun) Pannon Cycling Team0:06:03 
120Alberto Amici (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo0:06:07 
121Enrico Logica (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo0:08:05 
122Nicolo Gozzi (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  

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