Farrar takes sprint in a photo finish

Garmin-Cervelo American takes second straight mass sprint

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo) won the mass sprint of the Trofeo Cala Millor in a photo finish, nosing out two HTC-Highroad riders, John Degenkolb and Leigh Howard. It was the second straight sprint win for the American in the Challenge Mallorca, although Sunday's Trofeo Palma was declared “unofficial” by the International Cycling Union.

The stage was marked by a long escape of three riders: Steven Cozza (NetApp), Luis Pasamontes (Movistar), and Adrian Saez de Arregi (Orbea). The trio were away from the bunch for over 130 kilometres, and built up a lead of up to nine minutes.

No radio protest or rider strike

The race started on schedule, as there was no further protests against the race radio ban, and the riders set off without them. A strike had been rumoured, but didn't happen, as apparently the UCI had said it would have cancelled the race entirely, and the riders didn't want to hurt the race organisers.

A large group tried to get away early, but Leopard Trek and Garmin-Cervelo chased them down.

There were three climbs on the day's stage, all category four – just enough to test the legs in the very early part of the season. Shortly after the first one, at about 40 km, a threesome of Luis Pasamontes (Movistar), Adrian Saez de Arregi (Orbea) and Steven Cozza (NetApp) established themselves, and with the peloton's permission, took off. But when the gap hit nine minutes at the 65km marker, the peloton decided that was enough.

From there the gap dropped steadily, with Leopard Trek, Garmin-Cervelo and RadioShack leading the chase. It was a slow but sure chase, with the peloton timing things perfectly and not catching the trio too early.

With 27km to go, Pasamontes took off from his two companions, who were soon caught by the field. He, too, was caught with 15 km to go, and HTC-Highroad, Rabobank, RadioShack, Movistar and Garmin-Cervelo all moved in for the sprint finish. Philippe Gilbert of Omega Pharma-Lotto tried to break away within the final 10km, but Garmin-Cervelo and Rabobank quickly rode him down, and the mass sprint was set up.

Full Results
1Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo4:04:11 
2John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad  
3Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
4Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
5Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
6Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
7Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp  
8Robert Wagner (Ger) Leopard Trek  
9Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard Trek  
10Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
11Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
12Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Orbea Continental  
13Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team  
14Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
15Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
16Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
17Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Radioshack  
18Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
19Nikias Arndt (Ger) Germany  
20Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
21Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Caja Rural  
22Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
23Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
24Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:07 
25Adam Blyth (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:10 
26Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
27Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team  
28Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team  
29Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
30Unai Elorriaga (Spa) Spain  
31Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team  
32Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
33Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team  
34Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
35Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
36Xabier Zabalo Imaz (Spa) Orbea Continental  
37Sergi Escobar Roure (Spa) Spain  
38Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
39Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
40Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
41Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
42Asier Maeztu (Spa) Spain  
43Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
44Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Orbea Continental  
45Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
46Gert Dockx (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
47Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
48Arturo Mora Ortiz (Spa) Caja Rural  
49Eloy Ruiz Pinto (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
50Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
51Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
52Diego Milán Jiménez (Spa) Caja Rural  
53Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
54Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Netapp  
55Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp  
56Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
57Loic Aubert (Swi) Price Your Bike  
58Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
59Peio Bilbao (Spa) Orbea Continental  
60Bernhard Oberholzer (Swi) Price Your Bike  
61Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team  
62Ruben Jimenez Ventosa (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
63Samuel Horstmann (Swi) Price Your Bike  
64Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
65Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team  
66Maarten Neyens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
67Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
68José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
69Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Caja Rural  
70Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC  
71Michaël Baer (Swi) Team Netapp  
72Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
73Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
74Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
75Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team  
76Elias Schmaeh (Swi) Price Your Bike  
77Andreas Rutishauser (Swi) Price Your Bike  
78Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
79Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek  
80Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team  
81Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team  
82Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team  
83Eloy Teruel (Spa) Spain  
84Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team Radioshack  
85Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack  
86Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Radioshack  
87Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural  
88Brice Feillu (Fra) Leopard Trek  
89Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek  
90Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek  
91Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Katusha Team  
92Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
93Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
94Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
95Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliviera (Spa) Team Radioshack  
96Jakob Steigmiller (Ger) Germany  
97Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural  
98Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad  
99Higinio Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural  
100Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
101Antonio Cabello Baena (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
102Ruben Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural  
103Jose Luis Roldan Carmona (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
104Diego Gallego Arnaiz (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
105Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad  
106Pascual Orengo Lopez (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
107Nicolas Schnyder (Swi) Price Your Bike  
108Víctor De La Parte (Spa) Caja Rural  
109Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
110Juan Javier Estrada Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
111Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
112David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Geox-TMC  
113David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMC  
114Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
115Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMC  
116Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
117Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
118Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Caja Rural  
119Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp  
120Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team Radioshack  
121Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:30 
122Lukas Kalt (Swi) Price Your Bike  
123Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Team Radioshack  
124Victor Cabedo (Spa) Orbea Continental  
125Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team  
126Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
127Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
128Aritz Bagües (Spa) Orbea Continental  
129Marc De Maar (AHo) Quickstep Cycling Team  
130David Belda Garcia (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
131Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
132Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
133Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad  
134Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
135Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
136Martin Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad  
137Daniel Henggeler (Swi) Price Your Bike  
138Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
139Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team  
140Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
141Robert Hunter (RSA) Team Radioshack  
142Frantisek Rabon (Cze) HTC-Highroad  
143Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad  
144Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC  
145Matthias Brandle (Aut) Geox-TMC  
146Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Geox-TMC  
147Lionel Wust (Swi) Price Your Bike  
148Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp  
149Erik Mohs (Ger) Germany  
150Henning Bommel (Ger) Germany  
151Christopher Jennings (RSA) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
152Aritz Etxebarria (Spa) Orbea Continental  
153Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek  
154Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
155Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek  
156Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack  
157Noel Martin Infante (Spa) Orbea Continental  
158Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek  
159Jan Tratnik (Slo) Quickstep Cycling Team  
160Sebastián Mora Vedri (Spa) Spain  
161Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek  
162Craig Lewis (USA) HTC-Highroad  
163Benjamin King (USA) Team Radioshack  
164Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Katusha Team  
165David Muntaner (Spa) Spain  
166Pablo Aitor Bernal (Spa) Spain  
167Marcel Wyss (Swi) Geox-TMC  
168Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
169Frederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
170Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team  
171Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Geox-TMC  
172Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
173Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
174Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team  
175Steven Cozza (USA) Team Netapp0:00:44 
176Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano0:00:46 
177Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano  
178Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
179Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:50 
180Stefan Schäfer (Ger) Germany0:00:51 
181Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp  
182Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp  
183Martijn Maaskant (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:21 
184Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad0:01:28 
185Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Orbea Continental0:01:30 
186Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental  
187Andy Cappelle (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
DNFJean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFVicente Pastor (Spa) Spain  
DNFNoe Gianetti (Swi) Geox-TMC  
DNFJohannes Kahra (Ger) Germany  
DNFFranz Schiwer (Ger) Germany  
DNFJulian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
DNFAlberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team  
DNFIvan Boutellier (Swi) Price Your Bike  
DNFThomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
DNFThomas Bonin (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
Combination classification
1Steven Cozza (USA) Team Netapp14pts
2Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team13 
3Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental11 
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo10 
5John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad8 
6Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad7 
7Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto6 
8Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team5 
9Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano4 
10Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp3 
11Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team Radioshack3 
12Robert Wagner (Ger) Leopard Trek2 
13Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard Trek1 
14Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
Sprint classification
1Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental6pts
2Steven Cozza (USA) Team Netapp4 
3Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team2 
Special sprint classification
1Steven Cozza (USA) Team Netapp6pts
2Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team4 
3Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental2 
Mountains classification
1Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team6pts
2Steven Cozza (USA) Team Netapp4 
3Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team Radioshack3 
4Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental3 
5Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2 

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