Pelucchi sprints to Trofeo Palma victory

Italian claims second win in Mallorca

Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) continued his fine start to the 2015 season when he landed victory in the Trofeo Palma on the final day of the Challenge Mallorca. The Italian had already claimed the opening race, the Trofeo Santanyi, on Thursday and he repeated the feat by winning the bunch sprint on Sunday.

On a day marked by heavy rain, Pelucchi saw off the challenge of André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) in the mass finish, while Ben Swift (Sky) took third place ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) and Bryan Coquard (Europcar).

"Holst Enger and Simon Pellaud really helped me in the last kilometres and then Aleksejs Saramotins put me in a perfect position just after the last turn," Pelucchi said. "At that point I took Greipel’s wheel because he had his entire train and I was convinced that I could play for the win."

The early stages were animated by Darío Hernández (Burgos BH), Unai Intziarte (Murias Taldea) and Ilart Zuazubiskar (Spain), who broke clear in the opening kilometres and built up a lead of five minutes before the Cofidis team led the chase to peg them back.

Cofidis were working on behalf of their sprinter Nacer Bouhanni and the race was billed beforehand as a duel between the Frenchman and Greipel, but it took on a rather different complexion in the finale.

Zuazubiskar was the last of the escapees to relent but he too was swept up as the pace stiffened in the final hour of racing. Team Sky took up the running in the closing kilometres in a bid to lead out the sprint for Swift, while Greipel and it his train seemed well-positioned behind. To the German’s disappointment, however, it was instead Pelucchi who swooped to claim the win.

Pelucchi admitted afterwards that he had struggled in the cold and wet conditions, but said that he had few problems in dealing with the climbs on the day’s course. "The resistance work I did during the winter seems to have worked. I felt comfortable on the third category climb," he said. "In fact I suffered more from the wind and cold than I did from the climbs. At one point I was even tempted to climb into a warm car. In the end, I knew that everyone was in the same boat."


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling4:06:17 
2André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
3Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
4Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18  
5Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
6Raymond Kreder (Ned) Team Roompot  
7Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing  
8Russell Downing (GBr) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
9Dylan Page (Swi) Roth Skoda  
10Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka  
11Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
12Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
13Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
14Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
15Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
16Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
17Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
18Henrik Evensen (Nor) Team Froy Oslo0:00:05 
19Luis Mas (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
20Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling  
21Viktor Manakov (Rus) Russia  
22Lukas Jaun (Swi) Roth Skoda  
23Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing  
24Mattew Gibson (GBr) Great Britain  
25Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team  
26Pawel Franczak (Pol) Activejet Team  
27Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
28Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
29Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
30Alexei Kurbatov (Rus) Russia  
31Berden De Vries (Ned) Team Roompot  
32Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:08 
33José Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:10 
34Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
35Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN - Qhubeka  
36Henrik Haugen (Nor) Team Froy Oslo  
37Joel Zangerle (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
38Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling  
39Jesper Asselman (Ned) Team Roompot  
40Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:00:13 
41Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky0:00:18 
42Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky  
43Daniel Schorn (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
44Simon Pellaud (Swi) IAM Cycling0:00:20 
45Mauritus Lammertink (Ned) Team Roompot  
46Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:00:32 
47Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
48Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18  
49Ralf Matzka (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
50Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
51Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
52Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
53Marc De Maar (Ned) Team Roompot0:00:47 
54Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
55Eryk Laton (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
56Mario Gonzalez (Spa) Activejet Team  
57Marc Buades (Spa) Spain0:00:48 
58Julien Morice (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:50 
59Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
60Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:00:55 
61Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky  
62Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18  
63Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
64Unai Intziarte (Spa) Murias Taldea0:01:03 
65Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Spain  
66Aritz Bagues (Spa) Murias Taldea  
67Asier Maeztu (Spa) Spain  
68Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Murias Taldea  
69Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
70Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
71Nikolai Tedre (Nor) Team Froy Oslo  
72Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
73Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
74Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
75Kristian Forbord (Nor) Team Froy Oslo  
76Alexander Eutushenko (Rus) Russia  
77Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
78Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo  
79Christopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain  
80Michael Reihs (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
81Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky0:01:27 
82Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:28 
83Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
84Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
85Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
86Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
87Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team Roompot  
88Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
89Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar  
90Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
91Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
92Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos BH  
93Jon Ander Insausti (Spa) Murias Taldea  
94Grega Bole (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
95Andrew Tennant (GBr) Great Britain  
96David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:51 
97Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:01:52 
98Kirill Pozdnykov (Rus) Russia0:01:58 
99Ander Alonso (Spa) Spain  
100Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Murias Taldea0:02:01 
101Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team  
102Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
103Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky0:02:06 
104Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
105Martin Mortensen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:02:09 
106Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling  
107Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling  
108Michael Bresciani (Ita) Roth Skoda  
109Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:14 
110Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
111Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:20 
112Kamil Gradek (Pol) Activejet Team0:02:24 
113Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
114Jesus Ezquerra (Spa) Activejet Team  
115Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) Activejet Team0:02:46 
116Michael Podlaski (Pol) Activejet Team  
117Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:53 
118Alberto Cecchin (Ita) Roth Skoda0:02:55 
119Eloy Teruel (Spa) Spain  
120Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:04:41 
121Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling0:06:01 
122Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos BH0:08:19 
123Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos BH0:08:21 
124Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
125Eneko Lizarralde (Spa) Murias Taldea0:14:55 
126Gianluca Ocanha (Swi) Roth Skoda  
Coll Grau (Cat. 3). km. 117.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Unai Intziarte (Spa) Murias Taldea6 pts
2Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Spain4 
3Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BH2 
4Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky1 
Sprint 1 - Algaida. km 19.20
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Henrik Evensen (Nor) Team Froy Oslo3 pts
2Sebastian Mascaro (Spa) Burgos BH2 
3Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos BH1 
Sprint 2 - Santa Maria. km 91.00
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BH3 pts
2Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Spain2 
3Unai Intziarte (Spa) Murias Taldea1 
Special sprint 1 - Santa Margalida. km 57.60
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Unai Intziarte (Spa) Murias Taldea3 pts
2Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Spain2 
3Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal1 
Special sprint 2 - Palma (1 Paso Meta). km 145.00
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Spain3 pts
2Unai Intziarte (Spa) Murias Taldea2 
3Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BH1 

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team12:18:56 
4Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
5MTN - Qhubeka  
6Team Roompot  
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Unai Intziarte (Spa) Murias Taldea6 pts
2Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Spain4 
3Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky1 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Henrik Evensen (Nor) Team Froy Oslo3 pts
2Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Spain2 
3Unai Intziarte (Spa) Murias Taldea1 
4Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos BH1 
Special srint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Unai Intziarte (Spa) Murias Taldea5 pts
2Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Spain5 
3Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto-Soudal1 
Combination classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Unai Intziarte (Spa) Murias Taldea5 pts
2Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Spain5 
3Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BH4 
4Henrik Evensen (Nor) Team Froy Oslo3 
5Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky3 
6Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Iam Cycling2 
7André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Soudal2 
8Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky2 
9Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto-Soudal2 
10Sebastian Mascaro (Spa) Burgos BH2 
11Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora Argon 182 
Regional rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Mas (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros  
2Marc Buades (Spa) Spain  


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