Hermans prevails in Trofeo Inca

Belgian wins from three-man break

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
1Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack4:02:23 
2Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Geox-TMC  
3Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:01 
4Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:45 
5Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
6Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
7Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team  
8Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC  
9Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
10Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
11Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team  
12Peio Bilbao (Spa) Orbea Continental  
13José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural  
14Victor Cabedo (Spa) Orbea Continental  
15Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Orbea Continental  
16Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek  
17David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMC  
18Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad  
19Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
20Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad  
21Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Geox-TMC  
22David Belda Garcia (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
23Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek  
24Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
25Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMC  
26Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Movistar Team  
27Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team  
28Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
29Matthew Busche (USA) Team Radioshack  
30Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
31Tiago Machado (Por) Team Radioshack  
32Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
33Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
34Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Radioshack  
35Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  
36Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC  
37Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
38Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team  
39Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
40Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team  
41Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
42Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
43Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack0:05:47 
44Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Netapp  
45Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
46Marc De Maar (AHo) Quickstep Cycling Team  
47David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Geox-TMC  
48Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad  
49Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
50Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team  
51Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
52Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek  
53Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
54Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
55Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
56Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team Radioshack  
57Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Katusha Team  
58Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
59Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha Team  
60Craig Lewis (USA) HTC-Highroad  
61Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
62Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team  
63Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team  
64Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team  
65Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team  
66Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
67Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team  
68Oscar Pujol Muñoz (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
69Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
70Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural0:08:33 
71Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Orbea Continental  
72Julian Sanchez Pimienta (Spa) Caja Rural  
73Bart De Clercq (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:10:48 
74Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:14:26 
75Rubén Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team  
76Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
77Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
78Sergio Mantecón (Spa) Spain  
79Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
80Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp  
81Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
82Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
83Anders Lund (Den) Leopard Trek  
84Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team Radioshack  
85Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
86Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek  
87Patrick Schelling (Swi) Price Your Bike  
88Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek0:15:58 
89Pascual Orengo Lopez (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
90Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
91Nikias Arndt (Ger) Germany  
92Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
93Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team  
94Steven Cozza (USA) Team Netapp  
95Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
96Diego Gallego Arnaiz (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
97Jan Tratnik (Slo) Quickstep Cycling Team  
98Jesús Del Nero Montes (Spa) Team Netapp  
99David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Caja Rural  
100Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp  
101Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team  
102Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Caja Rural  
103Higinio Fernández (Spa) Caja Rural  
104Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team Radioshack  
105Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
106Eloy Ruiz Pinto (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
107Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team Netapp  
108Juan Javier Estrada Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
109Aritz Bagües (Spa) Orbea Continental  
110Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
111Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack  
112Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental  
113Christopher Jennings (RSA) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
114Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad  
115Caleb Fairly (USA) HTC-Highroad  
116Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
117Gert Dockx (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
118David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team  
119Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team  
120Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp  
121Matthias Brandle (Aut) Geox-TMC  
122Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team  
123Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León0:18:35 
124Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:20:07 
125Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Katusha Team0:22:27 
HDKevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:24:40 
HDJoël Eglin (Swi) Price Your Bike  
HDJos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
HDAirán Fernández (Spa) Spain  
HDLionel Wust (Swi) Price Your Bike  
HDMartijn Maaskant (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
HDRobin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
HDAndreas Rutishauser (Swi) Price Your Bike  
HDManuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
HDRuben Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural  
HDOlivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
HDNoe Gianetti (Swi) Geox-TMC  
HDJason McCartney (USA) Team Radioshack  
HDSebastián Mora Vedri (Spa) Spain  
HDDavid Gutiérrez (Spa) Spain  
HDRomain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
HDFrederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
HDCesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
HDKlaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
HDAritz Etxebarria (Spa) Orbea Continental  
HDThomas Bonin (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
HDAntonio Miguel Parra (Spa) Spain  
HDRamunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
HDYukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano  
HDRobert Wagner (Ger) Leopard Trek  
HDThomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
HDJuan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
HDJakob Steigmiller (Ger) Germany  
HDHenning Bommel (Ger) Germany  
HDMitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano  
HDNico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
HDJens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
HDJose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada  
HDAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
HDAitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Caja Rural0:27:07 
HDTyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
HDMaarten Neyens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
HDJon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Orbea Continental  
HDFabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural  
HDLeigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
HDJulian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
HDGuillermo Lana Baquedano (Spa) Caja Rural  
HDStefan Schäfer (Ger) Germany  
HDMartin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek  
HDErik Mohs (Ger) Germany  
HDCheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
HDPablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
HDAlbert Torres (Spa) Spain  
HDRaúl Alarcón García (Spa) Spain  
DNFDimitri Claeys (Bel) Team Netapp  
DNFJean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFSergi Escobar Roure (Spa) Spain  
DNFEloy Teruel (Spa) Spain  
DNFFranz Schiwer (Ger) Germany  
DNFThomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
DNFJosé Vicente García Acosta (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFNoel Martin Infante (Spa) Orbea Continental  
DNFXabier Zabalo Imaz (Spa) Orbea Continental  
DNFIvan Boutellier (Swi) Price Your Bike  
DNFMarcel Aregger (Swi) Price Your Bike  
DNFSamuel Horstmann (Swi) Price Your Bike  
DNFLukas Kalt (Swi) Price Your Bike  
DNFMarcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
DNFJohn Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad  
DNFRuben Jimenez Ventosa (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León  
DNSMarcel Wyss (Swi) Geox-TMC  
DNSBruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek  
DNSFabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek  
DNSJosé Iván Gutiérrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNSThomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
Sprint 1 - Platja de Muro, 37.3km
1Martijn Maaskant (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo3pts
2Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2 
3Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team Radioshack1 
Sprint 2 - Inca, 67.5km
1Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada3pts
2Jason McCartney (USA) Team Radioshack2 
3Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Team Netapp1 
Sprint classification
1Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada3pts
2Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2 
3Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team Radioshack1 
Special Sprint 1 - María de la Salut, 18.7km
1Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad3pts
2Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada2 
3Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Caja Rural1 
Special Sprint 2 - Sóller, 109.4km
1Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada3pts
2Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental2 
3Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Team Netapp1 
Special Sprint classification
1Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada3pts
2Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental2 
Mountain 1 - Coll de Sóller (Cat. 2) 101.6km
1Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental10pts
2Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada7 
3Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Team Netapp5 
4Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Radioshack3 
5Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMC2 
6Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team1 
Mountain 2 - Puig Major (Cat. 1) 125.9km
1Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack16pts
2Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Movistar Team12 
3Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Geox-TMC10 
4Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi8 
5David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMC6 
6Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team4 
7Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek3 
8Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada2 
9Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek1 
Mountains classification
1Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack16pts
2Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Movistar Team12 
3Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental10 
4Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Geox-TMC10 
5Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi8 
6Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada7 
7David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMC6 
8Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team4 
9Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek3 
10Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMC2 
11Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada2 
12Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek1 
13Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team1 
Combination classification
1Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack16pts
2Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada12 
3Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Movistar Team11 
4Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Geox-TMC10 
5Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental7 
6Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Team Garmin-Cervelo6 
7Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team5 
8Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo4 
9Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4 
10Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team3 
11Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team Radioshack3 
12Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC2 
13Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2 

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