Mallorca Challenge: McLay wins close run Trofeo Palma sprint

Brit beats Pelucchi in photo finish

Dan McLay (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) took victory on the final day of competition at the Mallorca Challenge, sprinting to victory in the Trofeo Palma. It was a close run fight, and the jury had to resort to a photo finish to split McLay and Bora-Hansgrohe's Matteo Pelucchi, with initial reports stating that it had been the Italian who was the victor. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) tried to split the two, driving up the middle of the road and finishing third.

The joy of victory was short-lived for McLay, who crashed soon after crossing the line. Fortunately, McLay was ok, despite bleeding from his lip.

The Mallorca Challenge closed out with a 161km loop out and back from Palma on the west side of the island. With a couple of climbs in the latter stages of the race, there was an opportunity for a breakaway, but a sprint finish would be most likely.

The day kicked off with an attack from Luis Mas Bonet (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) as soon as the neutral zone ended. It wasn't to be, and there were more moves out of the bunch, including one from Dayer Quintana that signalled Movistar's intentions going forward. After 10 kilometres, the peloton finally let a group of riders build up a small advantage.

Uri Martins Sandoval and Danilo Celano (both Amore & Vita-Selle SMP), Gaspar Mas (Nice Cycling Team), Julio Alberto Amores (Interja Dominican Cycling) and Pello Olaberria (Euskadi Basque Country) made up the group that got away. The gap between themselves and the calm and collected bunch behind built up to 4:20 at the 30km mark before the peloton decided to begin bringing them back.

With still 100 kilometres to go and the finishing circuit looming, the five up front had only two minutes to play with. A brief moment of respite came when the window opened a little, but it didn't last the inevitable catch loomed ever closer. The handshakes came with a touch under 60 kilometres to the line, and the five were absorbed back into the peloton.

Having been dormant since the early attack of Dayer Quintana, Movistar struck out again with 49km to go. This time it was in the form of Dayer's older brother Nairo, who made his move in the hillier section of the course. Quintana was allowed a large 1:30 gap before his teammate Alejandro Valverde attacked with Lotto-Soudal's Jurgen Roelandts. The trio came together as the race entered the final circuits around Palma, but the peloton was chasing hard behind, led by Bora-Hansgrohe and Fortuneo Vital Concept.

Just before the final lap, Valverde, Quintana and Roelandts were brought back by the peloton, which began setting its self up for the bunch sprint. As the road curved slightly, Pelucchi chose the left side of the road while McLay picked the right. McLay had little more than a tyre's width between himself and Pelucchi on the line, but it was enough to seal the victory. Bouhanni was close behind while Andre Greipel got boxed in between Bouhanni and Pelucchi, and finished fourth.


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo-Vital Concept3:43:31 
2Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
3Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credit  
4André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
5Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
6Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
7Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky  
8Enrique Sanz (Spa) Spanish Track Team  
9Jonas Koch (Ger) German National Team  
10Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
11Albert Torres (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling  
12Xavier Cañellas (Spa) Spanish Track Team  
13Jacob Hennessy (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
14Dylan Page (Swi) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
15Kondrad Gessner (Ger) German National Team  
16Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
17Daniel Lopez (Spa) Burgos BH  
18Adrian Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
19Vicente Garcia (Spa) Spanish Track Team  
20Christopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
21Aritz Bagues (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
22Julen Irizar (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
23Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team  
24Samuel Harrison (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
25Jonas Van Geneghten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credit  
26Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
27Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
28Sebastian Mora (Spa) Spanish Track Team  
29Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
30Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
31Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
32Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
33Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
34Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credit  
35Boris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo-Vital Concept  
36Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
37Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
38Gotzon Udondo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
39Marco Zamparella (Ita) Amore & Vita-Selle SMP  
40Georg Zimmermann (Ger) German National Team  
41Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:05 
42Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
43David Galarreta (Spa) Amore & Vita-Selle SMP0:00:11 
44Marco Bernardinetti (Ita) Amore & Vita-Selle SMP  
45Pedro Gregori (Spa) Team Bolivia  
46Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
47Josep Miralles (Spa) Amore & Vita-Selle SMP  
48Jorge Cubero (Spa) Burgos BH  
49Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
50Nuno Bico (Por) Movistar Team  
51Jan Tschernoster (Ger) German National Team  
52Theo Reinhardt (Ger) German National Team  
53Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
54David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky  
55Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
56Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
57Alexander Aranburu (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
58Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team  
59Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
60Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
61Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Nice Cycling Team  
62Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
63Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky  
64Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
65Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
66Omar Alberto Mendoza (Col) Team Bolivia  
67Oscar Linares (Spa) Burgos BH  
68Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
69Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
70Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team  
71Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
72Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
73Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
74Egoitz Garcia (Spa) Team Bolivia  
75Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:20 
76Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo-Vital Concept  
77Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credit0:00:21 
78Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Spanish Track Team  
79Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
80Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
81Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
82Mikel Elorza (Spa) Amore & Vita-Selle SMP  
83Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal0:00:30 
84Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Vital Concept0:00:37 
85Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credit0:00:40 
86Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Vital Concept0:00:43 
87Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credit  
88Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:46 
89Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo-Vital Concept0:00:48 
90Jon Irisarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:52 
91Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo-Vital Concept0:01:11 
92Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:01:43 
93Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:49 
94David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:15 
95Diego Milan Jiminez (Dom) Inteja Dominican Cycling  
96Jasper Frahm (Ger) German National Team0:04:46 
97Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
98Jérôme Pulidori (Fra) Nice Cycling Team  
99Ryan Macanally (Aus) Nice Cycling Team  
100Henning Bommel (Ger) German National Team  
101Oliver Wood (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
102Joan Ruiz (Spa) Burgos BH  
103Kian Emadi (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
104Alvaro Robredo (Spa) Burgos BH  
105Brian Kamstra (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
106Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
107Hendrikus Van IJzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
108Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore & Vita-Selle SMP  
109Romain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
110Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
111Uri Martins Sandoval (Mex) Amore & Vita-Selle SMP  
112Luis Mari Garikano (Spa) Spanish Track Team  
113Danilo Celano (Ita) Amore & Vita-Selle SMP  
114Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
115William Guzman (Dom) Inteja Dominican Cycling  
116Ander Barrenetxea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
117Pello Olaberria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
118Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country  
119Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo-Vital Concept  
120Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
121Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
122Lucas Liss (Ger) German National Team  
123Nuno Meireles (Por) Team Bolivia  
124Marcos Jurado (Spa) Burgos BH  
125Reid Mcclure (Can) Team Novo Nordisk0:10:42 
126Cédric Jolidon (Swi) Nice Cycling Team0:12:56 
127Julio Alberto Amores (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling0:16:43 
DNFBart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFRayane Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits  
DNFLoic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits  
DNFJaime Roson Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
DNFJosu Zabala Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
DNFIgnacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFGregory Obando Brenes (CRc) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFRafael Marquez Raigon (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFJoel García (Dom) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFGaspar Mas (Spa) Nice Cycling Team  
DNFMarcos Rojo (Spa) Burgos BH  
DNFRaul Castrillo Sedano (Spa) Burgos BH  
DNFBacilio Ramos Ticona (Bol) Equipo Bolivia  
DNFGilber Zurita (Bol) Equipo Bolivia  
DNFIvan Martinez Jimenez (Spa) Equipo Bolivia  
DNFSergio Rodriguez Reche (Spa) Equipo Bolivia  
DNFEloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Spanish Track Team  
DNFJose Daniel Viejo Redondo (Spa) Spanish Track Team  
DNFAndrew Tennant (GBr) Great Britain  
DNFSteven Burke (GBr) Great Britain  


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