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Gerdemann opens season with Mallorca win

Linus Gerdemann (Team Milram) opened his season with a victory on Tuesday, out-sprinting his two breakaway companions to win the Challenge Mallorca's mountainous third stage. In rainy, windy conditions Gerdemann bested Spaniards Rafael Valls (Footon-Servetto) and Manuel Vazquez (Andalucia-Cajasur) to claim the 157.2km Trofeo Inca in a nail-biting finish.

"That was a way to open the new season with a bang," said a happy Gerdemann at the finish. "We put in a super team performance in really bad weather. Especially in light of the very difficult conditions, we showed that we are all top motivated and have big plans for this year."

The trio, along with Gerdemann's teammates Thomas Rohregger and Johannes Fröhlinger, formed the Trofeo Inca's decisive five-man break which went clear on the ascent of the category two Coll de Soller. The leading quintet crossed the summit with a 1:30 lead over the peloton, 56 kilometres from the finish in Inca.

As the escapees began their ascent of the category one Coll de Puig Major, Valls attacked the break and reached the summit with a 20-second lead over Gerdemann and Vazquez with 31 kilometres remaining to the finish.

Valls, a stage winner in Argentina's Tour de San Luis, extended his lead over the two chasers to 30 seconds in the driving rain with 14 kilometres remaining, but Gerdemann and Vazquez refused to throw in the towel.

The German and Spaniard began to claw their way back to Valls, reducing the gap to 20 seconds with eight kilometres remaining. Five kilometres later Valls held a tenuous five-second lead, and the capture was made inside the flamme rouge leading to the three-man sprint won by Gerdemann.

While Gerdemann was ecstatic about his victory, Valls expressed his frustration with the day's outcome.

"I'm a bit pissed off with everything: the final result, not being able to win and not being able to crown all the work done during my 30-kilometre solo ride, having shown I was the strongest today," said Valls.

"I had very good legs during the stage and felt good in the ascent to the Puig Major. I opened a little gap and increased it on the last descent, some turns being a little complicated, but in the end they were closing the gap to me and Matxin decided to let me stop and wait for them with three kilometers left, to play it out in a sprint after seeing we couldn't get to the finish solo.

"We tried to get Gerdemann nervous and pushed all responsibility into him for the lead-out, but the final 400-metre uphill sprint got me with no energy left and I couldn't overtake him."

Full Results
1Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram3:55:45
2Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto
3Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
4Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:22
5Aitor Pérez (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:02:33
6José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
7Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:02:34
8Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram0:03:24
9Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
10Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:04:09
11Jon Izagirre (Spa) Orbea0:04:44
12André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
13Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram
14Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea
15Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia
16Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
17Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank
18Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha
19Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
20Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
21Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne
22Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:04:48
23Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:06:58
24Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:07:36
25Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:09:33
26Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step0:09:36
27Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:13:07
28Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha
29Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:13:20
30Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
31Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
32Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano
33Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
34Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
35Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
36Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
37Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
38Iván Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
39Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
40Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
41David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
42Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
43Unai Elorriaga (Spa) Spanish National Team
44Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne
45Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:13:29
46Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step0:14:15
47Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:14:23
48Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha
49Tassilo Fricke (Ger) Team Netapp
50Antonio Miguel Parra (Spa) Spanish National Team
51Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto
52Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank0:16:34
53Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano0:17:30
54Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:17:46
55Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:17:47
56Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto
57Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:18:15
58Yoeri Havik (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
59Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step
60Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
61Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano
62Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
HDJens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:19:04
HDPedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:19:51
HDJose Antonio De Segovia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:20:25
HDGustavo Rodríguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:20:28
HDGiampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:20:34
HDCharles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:22:35
HDAlan Pérez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:23:55
HDRubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
HDGorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:23:56
HDManuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:24:04
HDJose A. Carrasco (Spa) Spanish National Team
HDJob Vissers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:25:25
HDPiet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano
HDDavid Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano
HDSylvian Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:25:27
HDDavide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step
HDRomain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:25:50
HDJean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:26:00
HDPascual Orengo López (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon0:26:18
HDAndreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp0:26:21
HDJan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp0:26:52
HDJulien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
HDXabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea0:27:46
HDAntonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:28:04
HDGustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:29:06
HDBranislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step0:29:26
HDBert De Backer (Bel) Skil - Shimano
HDStijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step
HDFrantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
HDAndri Kunitski (Blr) Quick Step
HDJose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:29:48
HDDelio Fernández (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
HDVladimir Isaychev (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:30:42
HDTristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:30:49
HDJeffrey Wiersma (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:33:31
HDNicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:33:34
HDKasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank
HDChris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:33:38
HDNico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:33:39
HDAlberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:33:57
HDOscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon0:33:58
HDJosae Luis Roldan (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
HDSergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:34:25
HDCarlos Castaño (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:35:14
HDBartt Van Haaren (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:35:52
DNSAlexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha
DNSDominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram
DNSPeter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia
DNSFrantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia
DNSMikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea
DNFJoan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha
DNFJuan José Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFDries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step
DNFMarkus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram
DNFMatthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram
DNFMichael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia
DNFTony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia
DNFMaxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia
DNFNick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank
DNFEugeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha
DNFJoaquín Rodríguez (Spa) Team Katusha
DNFKim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha
DNFAlexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha
DNFNoe Gianetti (Swi) Footon-Servetto
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto
DNFErmanno Capelli (Ita) Footon-Servetto
DNFIban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto
DNFAddy Engels (Ned) Quick Step
DNFDominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram
DNFPaul Voss (Ger) Team Milram
DNFJakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank
DNFRichie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
DNFLars Boom (Ned) Rabobank
DNFSteven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank
DNFBram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank
DNFTejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia
DNFCraig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia
DNFRasmus Guldhammer (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia
DNFTom Stubbe (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
DNFJurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
DNFFrancis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
DNFJelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
DNFGlenn D'hollander (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
DNFKevyn Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFRobbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha
DNFJonas Jorgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
DNFJaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank
DNFCheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano
DNFFrederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano
DNFKenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano
DNFGustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
DNFJosé Fco Pacheco (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
DNFAlberto Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
DNFNoel Martin (Spa) Orbea
DNFAdrián Saez (Spa) Orbea
DNFJon Aberasturi (Spa) Orbea
DNFBeñat Urain (Spa) Orbea
DNFAndoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea
DNFAritz Etxebarria (Spa) Orbea
DNFEric Baumann (Ger) Team Netapp
DNFDimitri Clayes (Bel) Team Netapp
DNFBastien Delrot (Fra) Team Netapp
DNFTimon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp
DNFCesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp
DNFAlexander Gottfried (Ger) Team Netapp
DNFDuyn Huub (Ned) Team Netapp
DNFAntonio Tauler (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFDavid Muntaner (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFRafael Serrano (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFAndoni Lafuente (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFIbán Leanizbarrutia (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFPetr Bencik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFTomas Buchacek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFStanislav Kozubek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFJakub Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFLeopold Konig (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFTomas Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFVojtech Dlouhy (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFAndré Schulze (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFJesper Asselman (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
DNFRonan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
DNFStefan Vreugdenhil (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
DNFBob Schoonbroodt (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
DNFRikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
DNFSander Oostlander (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
DNFDiego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
DNFRaúl Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
DNFFco David Delgado (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
DNFIván Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
DNFJosé Carlos Lara (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
DNFRamon Domene (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFAirán Fernández (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFArnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
DNFAndrés A Antuña (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
DNFGregory Obando (CRc) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon

Combination Competition
1Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram17pts
2Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto14
3José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne13
4Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur10
5Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram10
6Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram8
7Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea8
8Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur7
9Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi6
10Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram6
11Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia6
12Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano6
13Aitor Pérez (Spa) Footon-Servetto5
14Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3
15Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1
16Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank1

Sprints
1Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano1

Sprints Special
1Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram3pts
2Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram2
3Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram1

Mountains
1Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto21pts
2Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram17
3Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur12
4Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram11
5Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank10
6Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia6
7Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur4
8Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea3
9José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2
10Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram1

Teams
1Team Milram11:54:48
2Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:17
3Caisse d'Epargne0:04:28
4Footon-Servetto0:08:29
5Andalucia - Cajasur0:12:45
6Omega Pharma-Lotto0:22:44
7Rabobank0:23:51
8Team Saxo Bank0:24:31
9Team Katusha0:24:41
10Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:26:57
11Orbea0:29:41
12Quick Step0:34:33
13Skil - Shimano0:41:32
14Spanish National Team0:44:14
15Xacobeo Galicia0:47:43
16Team Netapp1:00:03
17Van Vliet Ebh Elshof1:02:28
18Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon1:06:03

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