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Meersman wins Trofeo Muro-Port d'Alcudia

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider claims final Challenge Mallorca race

Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) wins the Trofeo Muro

Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) wins the Trofeo Muro

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Less than two hours after Tom Boonen had triumphed in the Tour of Qatar, his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team-mate Gianni Meersman clinched a second sprint victory for the Belgian squad on Wednesday on the last day's racing in the Mallorca Challenge.

Following Michel Kwiatkowski's win at Lluc monastery on Tuesday - and the Pole was in the thick of the action again on Wednesday - this was Omega Pharma-Quick Step's second victory in as many days in the four-race series on Mallorca that since 1990 has acted as the curtain-raiser on the racing calendar in Spain.

Whilst Boonen and co. had to cope with strong winds on the relentless flatlands of Qatar, in Mallorca, Meersman and the rest of the pack were facing just the opposite kind of terrain: four classified ascents, including Mallorca's hardest climb, the Puig Major. Then came a fast descent off the last climb, the second category Coll d'Honor and a long flatter ride to the tourist resort of Port d'Alcudia, with a tail-wind pushing them most of the way, on the island's northern coast.

Although 180 riders started racing on a warm, breezy day, around 45 riders remained in the leading peloton as it came out of Mallorca's Tramuntana mountain range. Yet more attacks shattered even that smaller bunch and left the front group that fought it out for the final win of the 2014 Mallorca Challenge just 12 strong.

On the long, flat approach road into Port d'Alcudia, Meersman went for a short but all-out drive close to the right hand barriers, with his effort powerful enough to keep both local sprint star Fran Ventoso (Movistar) and Ben Swift (Sky) - second on Monday - at bay. Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida), already twice a winner in Mallorca this year, finished fourth.

"The final was quite fast, in the last 40 kilometres we were going at 55 or 60 kilometres an hour," Meersman, fourth on Mallorca's opening leg and third on Monday, said afterwards. "Sky had controlled the race, but in the last part we [Omega Pharma Quick Step] took it over, and I'm really pleased you could win."

"Edvald Boasson Hagen launched the sprint for [Sky team-mate] Ben Swift, Modolo also went and then I waited and Kwiatkowski took me up to their back wheel, so my timing was maybe a little bit better. I waited for 50 metres longer to start my sprint, and then I made my last effort to pass them."

Whilst the next race in Spain will be the five-day Tour of Andalusia next week, Meersman will now do another training camp, with Paris-Nice and Milan-San Remo in his sights a little further into the spring.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - QuickStep 3:50:07  
2 Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team    
3 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky    
4 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
5 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky    
7 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge    
8 Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha    
9 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar    
10 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin Sharp    
11 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar    
12 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - QuickStep    
13 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:06  
14 Miguel Minguez (Spa) Team Euskadi    
15 Romain Zingle (Fra) Cofidis    
16 Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin Sharp 0:00:08  
17 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:09  
18 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida    
19 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team    
20 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - QuickStep    
21 Chris Horner (USA) Lampre-Merida    
22 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma - QuickStep    
23 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:17  
24 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 0:00:32  
25 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - QuickStep    
26 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - QuickStep    
27 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - QuickStep 0:00:57  
28 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
29 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
30 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:06  
31 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:47  
32 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling    
33 Tom Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp    
34 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp - Endura 0:03:01  
35 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros    
36 David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Netapp - Endura    
37 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling    
38 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka    
39 Egoitz Garcia (Spa) Cofidis    
40 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling    
41 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
42 Andre Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp    
43 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team    
44 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:04:39  
45 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis 0:09:30  
46 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp - Endura    
47 Victor Martin (Spa) Burgos-BH    
48 Jesus Ezquerra (Spa) Activejet Team    
49 Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos-BH    
50 Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura    
51 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team    
52 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky    
53 Igor Anton (Spa) Movistar Team    
54 Iker Camano (Spa) Team Netapp - Endura    
55 David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky    
56 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp - Endura    
57 Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling    
58 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge    
59 Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos-BH    
60 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
61 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team    
62 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin Sharp    
63 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin Sharp    
64 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha    
65 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
66 David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH    
67 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp    
68 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros    
69 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge    
70 Mikel Landa (Spa) Astana Pro Team    
71 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros    
72 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha    
73 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida    
74 Jose Serpa (Col) Lampre-Merida    
75 Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH    
76 Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk    
77 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:09:36  
78 Haritz Orbe (Spa) Team Euskadi 0:15:12  
79 Carlos Barbero (Spa) Team Euskadi    
80 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka    
81 Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Team Euskadi    
82 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar    
83 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
84 Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling    
85 Jhoan Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica Greenedge    
86 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka 0:16:03  
87 Juan Carlos Riutort (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:16:34  
88 Arakdiusz Owsian (Pol) Activejet Team    
89 Pawel Brylowski (Pol) Activejet Team    
90 David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk    
91 Huub Duyn (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
92 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team    
93 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp    
94 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team    
95 Javier Francisco Aramendia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros    
96 David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp    
97 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
98 Frantisek Padour (Cze) Team Netapp - Endura    
99 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
100 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
101 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar    
102 Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura    
103 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team    
104 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis    
105 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH    
106 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar    
107 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team Sky 0:16:40  
108 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky    
109 José Mendes (Por) Team Netapp - Endura    
110 Davide Vigano (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros    
111 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha    
112 Daniel Westmattelmann (Ger) Team Kuota 0:19:31  
113 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk    
114 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis    
115 Yoeri Havik (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
116 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka    
117 Martin Wesmann (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
118 Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
119 Michal Podlaski (Pol) Activejet Team    
120 Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk    
121 David Muntaner (Spa) Activejet Team    
122 Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Activejet Team    
123 Pawel Franczak (Pol) Activejet Team    
124 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis    
125 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk    
126 Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos-BH    
127 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team    
128 Mario Gonzalez (Spa) Activejet Team    
129 Benat Txoperena (Spa) Team Euskadi    
130 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis    
131 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha    
132 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha    
133 Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Team Euskadi    
134 Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
135 Victor Etxebarria (Spa) Team Euskadi    
136 Ike Groen (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
137 Jan Deutschmann (Ger) Team Kuota 0:19:36  
Coll De Femenia (Cat. 2), km. 44.7
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 10  pts
2 André Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp 7  
3 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 5  
4 Igor Anton (Spa) Movistar Team 3  
5 Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos BH 2  
6 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 1  
Coll Del Puig Major (Cat. 2), km. 67.2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 10  pts
2 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 7  
3 André Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp 5  
4 Igor Anton (Spa) Movistar Team 3  
5 Christian Meier (Can) Orica Greenedge 2  
6 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 1  
Coll De Soller (Cat. 2), km. 91.9
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 10  pts
2 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 7  
3 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 5  
4 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp Endura 3  
5 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 2  
6 André Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp 1  
Coll d'Honor (Cat. 2), km. 106.3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 10  pts
2 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp Endura 7  
3 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 5  
4 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 3  
5 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 2  
6 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team Sky 1  
Sprint 1 - Alcudia, km 23,20
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka 3  pts
2 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2  
3 Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Team Euskadi 1  
Sprint 2 - Bunyola, km 100,20
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 3  pts
2 Miguel Minguez (Spa) Team Euskadi 2  
3 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp Endura 1  
Special sprint 1 - Pollença, km 30,20
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling 3  pts
2 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp Endura 2  
3 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka 1  
Special sprint 2 - Inca, km 134,50
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 3  pts
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky 2  
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky 1  
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 11:30:30  
2 Lampre-Merida 0:00:09  
3 Team Sky 0:00:23  
4 Astana Pro Team 0:01:05  
5 Garmin Sharp 0:01:46  
6 Movistar Team 0:03:01  
7 IAM Cycling 0:07:40  
8 Team Katusha 0:09:27  
9 Cofidis 0:12:28  
10 Team Europcar 0:15:03  
11 Team Netapp - Endura 0:15:23  
12 Lotto Belisol 0:15:47  
13 Orica Greenedge 0:18:51  
14 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:21:52  
15 MTN - Qhubeka 0:27:34  
16 Burgos-BH 0:28:21  
17 Team Euskadi 0:30:21  
18 Activejet Team 0:42:29