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Gallery: On the startline of the Mallorca Challenge

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Peter Kennaugh and Ben Swift (Team Sky)

Peter Kennaugh and Ben Swift (Team Sky)
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The Lampre Merida bikes at the start

The Lampre Merida bikes at the start
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Dario Cataldo (Team Sky)

Dario Cataldo (Team Sky)
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Enrico Gasparotto (Astana)

Enrico Gasparotto (Astana)
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Omega Pharma Quickstep on the startline

Omega Pharma Quickstep on the startline
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma Quickstep)

Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma Quickstep)
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Ben King (Garmin-Sharp) came from San Luis to Mallorca

Ben King (Garmin-Sharp) came from San Luis to Mallorca
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Wegmann and Millar at the start in Palma.

Wegmann and Millar at the start in Palma.
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Garmin's Nick Nuyens at the start in Palma, Mallorca

Garmin's Nick Nuyens at the start in Palma, Mallorca
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Nick Nuyens (Garmin-Sharp) is looking for get in shape

Nick Nuyens (Garmin-Sharp) is looking for get in shape
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Jurgen van den Broeck is making his European debut in Mallorca

Jurgen van den Broeck is making his European debut in Mallorca
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Arashiro (Europcar) looks relaxed before the start of the race

Arashiro (Europcar) looks relaxed before the start of the race
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Locals stage a protest at the start with a local Coca Cola factory set to close

Locals stage a protest at the start with a local Coca Cola factory set to close
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The Cofidis team line up on the seafront in Palma, Mallorca

The Cofidis team line up on the seafront in Palma, Mallorca
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New signing Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE)

New signing Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE)
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David Millar (Garmin Sharp) opens his season in Mallorca

David Millar (Garmin Sharp) opens his season in Mallorca
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The Team Sky Pinarello bikes

The Team Sky Pinarello bikes
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Wiggins' Pinarello has a few special decals

Wiggins' Pinarello has a few special decals
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The Cofidis bikes on show

The Cofidis bikes on show
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Caleb Fairly (Garmin Sharp)

Caleb Fairly (Garmin Sharp)
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky)

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky)
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Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) enjoys taking time out for the fans

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) enjoys taking time out for the fans
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Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp)

Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp)
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Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana)

Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana)
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Tanel Kangert (Astana)

Tanel Kangert (Astana)
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Former teammates Fabian Wegmann and Linus Gerdermann catch up at the start

Former teammates Fabian Wegmann and Linus Gerdermann catch up at the start
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Blue skies and relatively warm weather greeted the peloton at the start of the Spanish road season on Saturday at the Mallorca Challenge. The four day event kicks off with a glorified criterium through the streets of Palma, with long, flat roads ideally suited to the sprinters of the peloton.

Made up of riders starting a race for the first time this season - Bradley Wiggins (Team) and Chris Horner (Lampre Merida – and riders who have made the trip from last month’s Tour de San Luis, the Mallorca Challenge differs from most stage races on the calendar in that it allows riders to start or skip stages. They have to start and finish all four in order to qualify for the right to challenge for the overall but with excellent training terrain on the island a number of riders chose to skip today’s criterium.

Among them were Horner and Wiggins. The American only recently signed with Lampre and chose to head into the island’s mountains after appearing briefly at the team’s presentation prior to the start of the criterium.

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