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Nordhaug solos to victory on Mallorca

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Costa edges Henao for second

Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Sky) soloed to victory in the Trofeo Deia, the third day of racing at the Challenge Mallorca, after dropping his breakaway companions on the stage's final climb and descending alone into Deia for his first win since 2009.

Rui Costa (Movistar) finished in second place, 26 seconds behind the 27-year-old Norwegian, with Nordhaug's Sky teammate Sergio Henao claiming third at 28 seconds. RadioShack-Nissan teammates Jakob Fuglsang and Tiago Machado finished fourth and fifth, at 35 seconds and 45 seconds respectively.

Sky's Salvatore Puccio won an 11-man sprint for sixth place 12 seconds after Machado crossed the line.

"I've been waiting for a victory for the team for a long time," said Nordhaug. "I've been feeling strong in a lot of races but I've been training hard this winter. Bobby Julich took over as my personal coach in November and he has been doing a great job. I have a lot of self-confidence at the moment. And I felt great today.

"The riders around me were strong but I had super legs myself. I didn't see any reason why I was not able to win. I was making the race for myself today. I was the first to attack on the Coll de Soller and then again on the second to last climb. On the last little climb when I saw those guys were standing still I just went as hard as I could to the finish."

"It’s been a fantastic day, both here and in Qatar," said Sky sports director Marcus Ljungqvist, with regards to Nordhaug's victory in Mallorca along with Mark Cavendish's stage win at the Tour of Qatar. "It’s great for the guys and the whole team."

After two days of field sprint finales the Challenge Mallorca provided a hilly parcours to challenge the peloton, featuring six category-two ascents and culminating with the Valldemossa whose summit was situated 10.7km from the finish line.

Sky teammates Nordhaug and Henao, along with Rui Costa and Jose Herrada (Movistar), Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Brian Bulgac (Lotto-Belisol), Tiago Machado and Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan), comprised an eight-man escape that went clear prior to the penultimate climb, the Coll de Soller at 31.7km to go, and pushed out an advantage of over one minute entering the final ascent.

"It kicked off from the gun with a five kilometre climb so it was full-on racing from the start," said Ljungqvist. "A couple of teams controlled the pace and then entering the second to last climb Lars-Petter attacked together with Henao. They went away in a group and it was a little bit back and forth. The group had a minute, then slightly over a minute and on the last kick up Lars-Petter attacked and managed to stay away."

The Challenge Mallorca concludes on Wednesday with the 160.2km Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, another hilly route featuring five categorised climbs.

"Tomorrow should be a similar hard day again with a more hectic finish possibly," said Ljungqvist. "They are going up Puig Major from the long side which will split the peloton up for sure. We will celebrate this win and then look ahead to tomorrow."

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lars Peter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling 3:55:27  
2 Rui Costa (Por) Movistar 0:00:26  
3 Luis Henao (Col) Sky Pro Cycling 0:00:28  
4 Jakob Fulsang (Den) Radioshack-Nissan 0:00:35  
5 Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-Nissan 0:00:45  
6 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Pro Cycling 0:00:57  
7 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Katusha Team    
8 Jeremie Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
9 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
10 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
11 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan    
12 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
13 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar    
14 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha Team    
15 Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar    
16 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar    
17 Danail Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural 0:01:02  
18 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol    
19 Ion Izaguirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:06  
20 David De La Fuente (Spa) Caja Rural    
21 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
22 Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Caja Rural    
23 Juan Horrach (Spa) Katusha Team 0:01:09  
24 Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Team Netapp 0:01:12  
25 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Sky Pro Cycling    
26 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar 0:01:14  
27 Gaudin Damien (Fra) Team Europcar    
28 Andre Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural    
29 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Belisol    
30 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Pro Cycling    
31 Kastantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Sky Pro Cycling    
32 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan    
33 Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo Bank    
34 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank    
35 Frank Schleck (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan 0:01:21  
36 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank    
37 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:24  
38 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Lotto-Belisol 0:01:29  
39 Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:01:33  
40 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:49  
41 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:01:51  
42 Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar 0:02:01  
43 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 0:02:04  
44 Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing 0:02:39  
45 Juan M. Garate (Spa) Rabobank    
46 David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH-Castilla y Leon    
47 Hernani Broco (Por) Caja Rural    
48 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:02:45  
49 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
50 Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
51 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
52 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto-Belisol 0:02:48  
53 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Katusha Team 0:02:57  
54 Alberto Losada (Spa) Katusha Team    
55 Tony Martins (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
56 Jose Vte. Toribio (Spa) Andalucia 0:03:38  
57 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto-Belisol    
58 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling    
59 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank    
60 Tom Vermeer (Ned) Nutrixxion-Abus    
61 Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp    
62 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
63 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto-Belisol    
64 David De La Cruz (Spa) Caja Rural    
65 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
66 Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia 0:05:18  
67 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar 0:05:41  
68 Aritz Bagues (Spa) Orbea Continental    
69 Matthew Busche (USA) Radioshack-Nissan 0:08:18  
70 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp 0:08:23  
71 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:08:39  
72 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto-Belisol    
73 Carlos Verona (Spa) Burgos-BH-Castilla y Leon    
74 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team    
75 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team    
76 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank    
77 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank    
78 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
79 Erick Rowsell (GBr) Endura Racing    
80 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team    
81 Egoitz Garcia (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
82 Branislau Samolau (Blr) Movistar    
83 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Movistar    
84 Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank    
85 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
86 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
87 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
88 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Netapp 0:08:47  
89 Leopold König (Cze) Team Netapp 0:10:23  
90 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan 0:11:20  
91 Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar 0:11:56  
92 Ran Margaliot (Isr) Team Saxo Bank 0:12:27  
93 Igor Romero (Spa) Caja Rural 0:13:19  
94 Benjamin King (USA) Radioshack-Nissan    
95 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
96 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
97 Guillaume Levarvet (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
98 Julian Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural 0:15:29  
99 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:15:55  
100 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
101 Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
102 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
103 Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia    
104 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling    
105 Troels Vinther (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
106 Ruben Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
107 Igor Merino (Spa) Orbea Continental    
108 Kevin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
109 Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Cycling Team De Rijk    
110 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
111 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
112 Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia    
113 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
114 Mats Boeve (Ned) Cycling Team De Rijk    
115 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
116 Cristophe Laborie (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
117 Christopher Juul (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
118 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 0:19:52  
119 Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing    
120 John Anderson (Aus) Endura Racing    
121 Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
122 Grisha Janorschke (Ger) Team Netapp    
123 Omar Fraire (Spa) Orbea Continental 0:20:13  
124 Joni Silva (Spa) Burgos-BH-Castilla y Leon    
125 Carlos Barbero (Spa) Orbea Continental    
126 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Rabobank    
127 Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia    
128 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp    
129 Victor Cabedo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
130 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
131 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp    
132 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
133 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
134 Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
135 Alexander Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion-Abus 0:26:21  
136 Iker Camaño (Spa) Endura Racing    
137 Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Andalucia    
138 Dion Beukeboon (Ned) Cycling Team De Rijk    
139 Bob Schoonbroodt (Ned) Cycling Team De Rijk    
140 Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Endura Racing    
141 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank    
142 Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Orbea Continental    
143 Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Orbea Continental    
144 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar    
145 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
146 Alexander Ryabkin (Rus) Caja Rural    
147 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH-Castilla y Leon    
Coll De Can Costa (Cat. 2) km 7.9
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julian Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural 10  pts
2 David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH-Castilla y Leon 7  
3 Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia 5  
4 Gaudin Damien (Fra) Team Europcar 3  
5 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 2  
6 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 1  
Coll d'Honor (Cat. 2) km 34.40
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan 10  pts
2 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha Team 7  
3 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 5  
4 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 3  
5 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto-Belisol 2  
6 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1  
Coll De Sa Batalla (Cat. 2) km. 78.1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan 10  pts
2 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 7  
3 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 5  
4 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3  
5 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha Team 2  
6 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto-Belisol 1  
Coll De Puig Major (Cat. 2) km. 96.4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar 10  pts
2 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan 7  
3 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 5  
4 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto-Belisol 3  
5 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 2  
6 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1  
Coll De Soller (Cat. 2) km 119.3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar 10  pts
2 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto-Belisol 7  
3 Luis Henao (Col) Sky Pro Cycling 5  
4 Jakob Fulsang (Den) Radioshack-Nissan 3  
5 Lars Peter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling 2  
6 Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-Nissan 1  
Valldemossa (Cat. 2) km 140.3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lars Peter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling 10  pts
2 Rui Costa (Por) Movistar 7  
3 Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-Nissan 5  
4 Luis Henao (Col) Sky Pro Cycling 3  
5 Jakob Fulsang (Den) Radioshack-Nissan 2  
6 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 1  
Sprint 1 - Deia, km 9.3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 3  pts
2 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2  
3 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1  
Sprint 2 - Bunyola, km 107,60
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Roman Osuna (Spa) Andalucia 3  pts
2 Iker Camaño (Spa) Endura Racing 2  
3 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Rabobank 1  
Special Sprint 1 - Calvia, km 70,10
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling 3  pts
2 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2  
3 Iker Camaño (Spa) Endura Racing 1  
Special Sprint 2 - Soller, km 125,20
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling 3  pts
2 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 2  
3 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 1  
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sky Pro Cycling 11:47:46  
2 Radioshack-Nissan 0:00:52  
3 Movistar 0:00:55  
4 Katusha Team 0:01:38  
5 Caja Rural 0:01:49  
6 BMC Racing Team 0:02:11  
7 Lotto-Belisol 0:02:20  
8 Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:50  
9 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:04:06  
10 Rabobank 0:04:39  
11 Saur-Sojasun 0:09:08  
12 Team Saxo Bank 0:09:42  
13 Team Netapp 0:11:48  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan 27  pts
2 Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar 20  
3 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto-Belisol 13  
4 Lars Peter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling 12  
5 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 12  
6 Luis Henao (Col) Sky Pro Cycling 8  
7 Rui Costa (Por) Movistar 7  
8 David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH-Castilla y Leon 7  
9 Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-Nissan 6  
10 Jakob Fulsang (Den) Radioshack-Nissan 5  
11 Gaudin Damien (Fra) Team Europcar 3  
Sprint classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 3  pts
Special sprint classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 1  
Combination classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 5  pts
2 Lars Peter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling 3  
3 Rui Costa (Por) Movistar 3  
4 Luis Henao (Col) Sky Pro Cycling 3  
5 Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-Nissan 3  
6 Jakob Fulsang (Den) Radioshack-Nissan 3  
7 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 3  
8 Gaudin Damien (Fra) Team Europcar 3  
9 Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar 3  
10 David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH-Castilla y Leon 3  
11 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto-Belisol 3  
Regional rider classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Juan Horrach (Spa) Katusha Team    
2 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Lotto-Belisol    
Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sky Procycling 11:47:46  
2 Radioshack-Nissan 0:00:52  
3 Movistar Team 0:00:55  
4 Katusha Team 0:01:38  
5 Caja Rural 0:01:49  
6 BMC Racing Team 0:02:11  
7 Lotto Belisol Team 0:02:20  
8 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:03:50  
9 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:04:06  
10 Rabobank Cycling Team 0:04:39  
11 Saur - Sojasun 0:09:08  
12 Team Saxo Bank 0:09:42  
13 Team Netapp 0:11:48