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Hermans prevails in Trofeo Inca

By:
Susan Westemeyer

Belgian wins from three-man break

Ben Hermans (RadioShack) narrowly defeated Arkaitz Duran (Geox-TMC) from a breakaway

Ben Hermans (RadioShack) narrowly defeated Arkaitz Duran (Geox-TMC) from a breakaway

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Ben Hermans of RadioShack outsprinted his two breakaway companions to win the 157.2km Trofeo Inca. The 24-year-old Belgian bested Arkaitz Duran (Geox-TMC) and Xavier Tondo (Movistar) in Inca after the trio escaped near the summit of the category one Puig Major with approximately 40km to go.

"On the Puig Major, Movistar pulled for Tondo," said Hermans. "I saw a lot of guys suffering, but I still felt good. That's why I attacked at 1km from the top. Only Tondo and Duran were able to follow.

"We immediately took 20 seconds and in the last 40 K to the finish we built up the advantage to one minute with the three of us working well together. I was not so confident for the sprint, but apparently, the other two guys were still more tired than I was."

Earlier in the race Hermans had made a mistake approaching the first climb of the day, the category 2 Coll de Sóller at km 101.6.

"I made a bathroom stop just 2km before the start of the first climb. I had to start that climb between the cars as the last rider of the peloton but I knew I had to be more or less in the front at the top of the Coll de Sóller as the descent was said to be very wet and slippery. I did a 6km uphill sprint and went over the top in about 20th position. My legs still felt good."

HTC-Highroad's sprinter Leigh Howard was the first escapee of the day, attacking after only 10km and enjoying 14km of freedom before being caught. The pace remained high enough to keep the peloton together for a while, but eventually Adrian Palomares (Andalucia Caja Granada), Adrian Saez (Orbea Continental), Dimitri Claeys (Team NetApp) and Jason McCartney (RadioShack) were able to get away.

The peloton was happy with the composition of the breakaway and let the quartet build a lead of 9:47 before giving chase. McCartney was the first to drop out of the group, on the descent of the Paso de Soller, at km 102. Saez, who had also been in the previous day's escape, soon followed him.

Eventually Palomares dropped Claeys when the latter dropped his chain, but he, too, was caught by the field shortly after reaching the top of the day's last climb, the category one Puig Major.

On the descent, Ben Hermans (RadioShack), Xavier Tondo (Movistar) and Arkaitz Duran (Geox-TMC) pulled away and doggedly held on to their lead over a reduced peloton of some 25 riders.

The trio slowly stretched their advantage to over a minute with only 10km to go, and as they had a minute at the 5km mark, it was clear who would be on the podium - the only question was the order.

Full Results
1 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack 4:02:23  
2 Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Geox-TMC    
3 Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:01  
4 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:45  
5 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
6 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
7 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team    
8 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC    
9 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
10 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
11 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team    
12 Peio Bilbao (Spa) Orbea Continental    
13 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural    
14 Victor Cabedo (Spa) Orbea Continental    
15 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Orbea Continental    
16 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek    
17 David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMC    
18 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad    
19 Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
20 Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad    
21 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Geox-TMC    
22 David Belda Garcia (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León    
23 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek    
24 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
25 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMC    
26 Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Movistar Team    
27 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team    
28 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
29 Matthew Busche (USA) Team Radioshack    
30 Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada    
31 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Radioshack    
32 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
33 Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada    
34 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Radioshack    
35 Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team    
36 Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC    
37 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
38 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team    
39 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
40 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team    
41 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
42 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
43 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack 0:05:47  
44 Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Netapp    
45 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
46 Marc De Maar (AHo) Quickstep Cycling Team    
47 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Geox-TMC    
48 Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad    
49 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León    
50 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team    
51 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
52 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek    
53 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
54 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
55 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
56 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team Radioshack    
57 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Katusha Team    
58 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
59 Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha Team    
60 Craig Lewis (USA) HTC-Highroad    
61 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
62 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team    
63 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team    
64 Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team    
65 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team    
66 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
67 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team    
68 Oscar Pujol Muñoz (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
69 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
70 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural 0:08:33  
71 Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Orbea Continental    
72 Julian Sanchez Pimienta (Spa) Caja Rural    
73 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:10:48  
74 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:14:26  
75 Rubén Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team    
76 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
77 Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada    
78 Sergio Mantecón (Spa) Spain    
79 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada    
80 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp    
81 Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada    
82 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
83 Anders Lund (Den) Leopard Trek    
84 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team Radioshack    
85 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp    
86 Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek    
87 Patrick Schelling (Swi) Price Your Bike    
88 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:15:58  
89 Pascual Orengo Lopez (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León    
90 Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León    
91 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Germany    
92 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team    
93 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team    
94 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Netapp    
95 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada    
96 Diego Gallego Arnaiz (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León    
97 Jan Tratnik (Slo) Quickstep Cycling Team    
98 Jesús Del Nero Montes (Spa) Team Netapp    
99 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Caja Rural    
100 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp    
101 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team    
102 Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Caja Rural    
103 Higinio Fernández (Spa) Caja Rural    
104 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team Radioshack    
105 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada    
106 Eloy Ruiz Pinto (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada    
107 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team Netapp    
108 Juan Javier Estrada Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada    
109 Aritz Bagües (Spa) Orbea Continental    
110 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León    
111 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack    
112 Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental    
113 Christopher Jennings (RSA) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León    
114 Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad    
115 Caleb Fairly (USA) HTC-Highroad    
116 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
117 Gert Dockx (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
118 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team    
119 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team    
120 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp    
121 Matthias Brandle (Aut) Geox-TMC    
122 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team    
123 Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León 0:18:35  
124 Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:20:07  
125 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Katusha Team 0:22:27  
HD Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:24:40  
HD Joël Eglin (Swi) Price Your Bike    
HD Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
HD Airán Fernández (Spa) Spain    
HD Lionel Wust (Swi) Price Your Bike    
HD Martijn Maaskant (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
HD Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
HD Andreas Rutishauser (Swi) Price Your Bike    
HD Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León    
HD Ruben Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural    
HD Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
HD Noe Gianetti (Swi) Geox-TMC    
HD Jason McCartney (USA) Team Radioshack    
HD Sebastián Mora Vedri (Spa) Spain    
HD David Gutiérrez (Spa) Spain    
HD Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
HD Frederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
HD Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp    
HD Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
HD Aritz Etxebarria (Spa) Orbea Continental    
HD Thomas Bonin (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
HD Antonio Miguel Parra (Spa) Spain    
HD Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
HD Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano    
HD Robert Wagner (Ger) Leopard Trek    
HD Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
HD Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
HD Jakob Steigmiller (Ger) Germany    
HD Henning Bommel (Ger) Germany    
HD Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano    
HD Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
HD Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
HD Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada    
HD Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
HD Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Caja Rural 0:27:07  
HD Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
HD Maarten Neyens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
HD Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Orbea Continental    
HD Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural    
HD Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad    
HD Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
HD Guillermo Lana Baquedano (Spa) Caja Rural    
HD Stefan Schäfer (Ger) Germany    
HD Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek    
HD Erik Mohs (Ger) Germany    
HD Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano    
HD Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
HD Albert Torres (Spa) Spain    
HD Raúl Alarcón García (Spa) Spain    
DNF Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Team Netapp    
DNF Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Sergi Escobar Roure (Spa) Spain    
DNF Eloy Teruel (Spa) Spain    
DNF Franz Schiwer (Ger) Germany    
DNF Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
DNF José Vicente García Acosta (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Noel Martin Infante (Spa) Orbea Continental    
DNF Xabier Zabalo Imaz (Spa) Orbea Continental    
DNF Ivan Boutellier (Swi) Price Your Bike    
DNF Marcel Aregger (Swi) Price Your Bike    
DNF Samuel Horstmann (Swi) Price Your Bike    
DNF Lukas Kalt (Swi) Price Your Bike    
DNF Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
DNF John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad    
DNF Ruben Jimenez Ventosa (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León    
DNS Marcel Wyss (Swi) Geox-TMC    
DNS Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek    
DNS Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek    
DNS José Iván Gutiérrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNS Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
Sprint 1 - Platja de Muro, 37.3km
1 Martijn Maaskant (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo 3 pts
2 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2  
3 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team Radioshack 1  
Sprint 2 - Inca, 67.5km
1 Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada 3 pts
2 Jason McCartney (USA) Team Radioshack 2  
3 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Team Netapp 1  
Sprint classification
1 Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada 3 pts
2 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2  
3 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team Radioshack 1  
Special Sprint 1 - María de la Salut, 18.7km
1 Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad 3 pts
2 Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada 2  
3 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Caja Rural 1  
Special Sprint 2 - Sóller, 109.4km
1 Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada 3 pts
2 Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental 2  
3 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Team Netapp 1  
Special Sprint classification
1 Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada 3 pts
2 Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental 2  
Mountain 1 - Coll de Sóller (Cat. 2) 101.6km
1 Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental 10 pts
2 Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada 7  
3 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Team Netapp 5  
4 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Radioshack 3  
5 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMC 2  
6 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team 1  
Mountain 2 - Puig Major (Cat. 1) 125.9km
1 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack 16 pts
2 Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Movistar Team 12  
3 Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Geox-TMC 10  
4 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 8  
5 David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMC 6  
6 Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 4  
7 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek 3  
8 Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada 2  
9 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek 1  
Mountains classification
1 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack 16 pts
2 Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Movistar Team 12  
3 Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental 10  
4 Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Geox-TMC 10  
5 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 8  
6 Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada 7  
7 David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMC 6  
8 Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 4  
9 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek 3  
10 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMC 2  
11 Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada 2  
12 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek 1  
13 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team 1  
Combination classification
1 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack 16 pts
2 Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada 12  
3 Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Movistar Team 11  
4 Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Geox-TMC 10  
5 Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental 7  
6 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Team Garmin-Cervelo 6  
7 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 5  
8 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo 4  
9 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 4  
10 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team 3  
11 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team Radioshack 3  
12 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC 2  
13 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2