Challenge Mallorca: Wellens climbs to Trofeo Andratx victory

Belgian nabs second Mallorca win in a row at Trofeo Andratx ahead of Valverde

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) followed up his Friday win at the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana with another victory Saturday at the Trofeo Andratx – Mirador des Colomer on the third day of racing at the Challenge Mallorca.

The 25-year-old Belgian powered up the day's final climb ahead of Movistar's Alejandro Valverde. Tiesj Benoot rounded out the podium in third place, giving Lotto Soudal yet another podium finisher in a highly successful Challenge Mallorca campaign that also saw André Greipel sprint to victory at the Trofeo Porreres.

"It's wonderful to beat Valverde on such a finish," Wellens said. "In the sprint he would have been faster. I find this second win even more beautiful than the one of yesterday because there was more tension. I won’t race tomorrow, but I might go and cheer for the boys to conquer that fourth victory!"

Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis), Brian van Goethem (Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij), Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo - Vital Concept), Pello Olaberría (Euskadi Basque Country - Murias), Diego Milán (Inteja Dominican Cycling Team), Rafael Márquez (Inteja Dominican Cycling Team), Josep Miralles (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP), Jorge Cubero (Burgos-BH), Pedro Gregori (Equipo Bolivia), Sebastián Mora (Spain) and Gabriel Cullaigh (Great Britain) jumped clear to form the early breakaway in the first few minutes of the 158.7-km race. The escapees worked up to an advantage of around five minutes but a hard-charging peloton tightened the leash before long.

The break shed several riders attempting to stay away, but the move was ultimately reeled in with more than 50km still left to race.

Gazprom-Rusvelo's Sergey Firsanov tried his luck next but couldn't hold on out front. Then it was Sky's Christian Knees and Jonathan Dibben making a move. The duo managed to open up a sizable advantage at first, but as the bunch got organized in pursuit, the gap dwindled. The peloton caught Knees and Dibben with 5km to go, setting up a battle on the Mirador des Colomer finishing climb.

Wellens hit the front early and continued to put the power down all the way up the ascent. He surged round the final corner a few bike lengths ahead of Valverde and held on to take his second win in as many days.

A more sprinter-friendly Trofeo Playa de Palma closes out the Challenge Mallorca on Sunday.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal4:27:55 
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
3Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
4Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:04 
5David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH0:00:05 
6Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:07 
7Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
8Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
9Alexander Aranburu Deva (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
10Vicente Garcia De Mateos Rubio (Spa) Equipo Bolivia  
11David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky  
12Jaime Roson Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:09 
13Pablo Torres Muiño (Spa) Burgos-BH0:00:12 
14Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:00:14 
15Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:15 
16David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
17Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
18Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
19Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky  
20Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
21Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
22Ibai Salas Zorrozua (Spa) Burgos-BH  
23Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:00:20 
24Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:21 
25José Mendes (Por) Bora-Hansgrohe  
26Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:25 
27Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
28Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
29Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
30David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
31Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:00:49 
32Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:04 
33Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
34Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:01:22 
35Jonas Koch (Ger) Germany  
36Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore Vita - Selle SMP0:01:25 
37Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:01:45 
38Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:01:47 
39Jon Irisarri Rincon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:59 
40Pedro Gregori Martinez (Spa) Equipo Bolivia  
41Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:02:17 
42Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:41 
43Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
44Ivan Martinez Jimenez (Spa) Equipo Bolivia  
45Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:53 
46Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team  
47Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:05 
48Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:33 
49Sebastian Mora Vedri (Spa) Spain  
50Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal  
51Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:03:38 
52Rafael Marquez Raigon (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
53Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:04:05 
54Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
55Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
56Jorge Cubero Galvez (Spa) Burgos-BH0:05:12 
57Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:05:50 
58Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team  
59Jonathan Diebben (GBr) Team Sky  
60Marco Zamparella (Ita) Amore Vita - Selle SMP0:05:53 
61Nuno Matos (Por) Movistar Team0:06:00 
62Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:11:44 
63Noel Gil Llorens (Spa) Spain0:18:12 
64Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:18:28 
65Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain0:18:30 
66Jan Tschernoster (Ger) Germany  
67Pello Olaberria Arruabarrena (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:19:25 
68Mikel Elorza Pagaldai (Spa) Amore Vita - Selle SMP  
69Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
70Uri Martins Sandoval (Mex) Amore Vita - Selle SMP  
71David Galarreta Ugarte (Spa) Amore Vita - Selle SMP  
72Gregory Obando Brenes (CRc) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
73Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
74Carlos Antonio Jimenez Lozano (Spa) Equipo Bolivia  
75Marco Bernardinetti (Ita) Amore Vita - Selle SMP  
76Nuno Meireles (Por) Equipo Bolivia  
77Josu Zabala Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
78Josep Miralles Rigo (Spa) Amore Vita - Selle SMP  
OTLBrian Kamstra (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:27:53 
OTLAlex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
OTLArnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
OTLGotzon Udondo Santamaria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
OTLJacob Hennessy (GBr) Great Britain  
OTLDaniel Lopez Parada (Spa) Burgos-BH  
OTLMarcos Jurado Rodriguez (Spa) Burgos-BH  
OTLEgoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Equipo Bolivia  
OTLSamuel Harrison (GBr) Great Britain  
OTLMichaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
OTLCoen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
OTLJonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
OTLRomain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
OTLIldar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
OTLAnder Barrenetxea Uriarte (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
OTLJavier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
OTLSergio Rodriguez Reche (Spa) Equipo Bolivia  
DNFLeopold Konig (Cze) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFAndré Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
DNFRemy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFDmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFArtem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFAydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFRayane Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFNicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFCyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFStéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFFabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFCorentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFCorentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFMartijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFFranck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFErwann Corbel (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFDaniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFLaurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFBoris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFDylan Page (Swi) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFEduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFEneko Lizarralde Delgado (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
DNFAlbert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFIgnacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFDiego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFJulio Alberto Amores Palacios (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFAdrián Nuñez (Dom) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFWilliam Guzmán (Dom) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFGaspar Mas (Spa) Nice Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRyan Macanally (Aus) Nice Pro Cycling Team  
DNFCédric Jolidon (Swi) Nice Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJérôme Pulidori (Fra) Nice Pro Cycling Team  
DNFThomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Nice Pro Cycling Team  
DNFDanilo Celano (Ita) Amore Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFJoan Ruiz Vicens (Spa) Burgos-BH  
DNFMarcos Rojo (Spa) Burgos-BH  
DNFOmar Alberto Mendoza Cardona (Col) Equipo Bolivia  
DNFBacilio Ramos Ticona (Bol) Equipo Bolivia  
DNFAntonio Ballester (Spa) Spain  
DNFGorka Etxabe Castillo (Spa) Spain  
DNFMarc Buades Ferriol (Spa) Spain  
DNFJose Daniel Viejo Redondo (Spa) Spain  
DNFIllart Zuazubiskar Gallastegi (Spa) Spain  
DNFJasper Frahm (Ger) Germany  
DNFHenning Bommel (Ger) Germany  
DNFKersten Thiele (Ger) Germany  
DNFNils Schomber (Ger) Germany  
DNFTheo Reinhardt (Ger) Germany  
DNFGeorg Zimmermann (Ger) Germany  
DNFAndrew Tennant (GBr) Great Britain  
DNFMark Stewart (GBr) Great Britain  
DNFOliver Wood (GBr) Great Britain  
DNFChristopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain  


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