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Costa claims Trofeo Deià

Rui Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) out-sprinted breakaway companion Joan Horrach (Team Katusha) to win the fourth stage of the Challenge Mallorca, the Trofeo Deià, on Wednesday. The two escapees narrowly held off a select 33-rider chase group led in by Costa's teammate José Iván Gutiérrez seven seconds later.

For the second consecutive day the category two Puig Major, Mallorca's highest mountain, proved decisive in the race's outcome. The previous day's winner and runner-up, Linus Gerdemann (Team Milram) and Rafael Valls (Footon-Servetto), were the first two over the frigid summit lined with snow, followed by Rein Taaramae (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne), Alexandre Botcharov (Team Katusha), Markus Eibegger (Footon-Servetto) and Costa.

On the challenging descent Costa, Horrach and Taaramae went clear inside of 25 kilometres to the finish line.

The leading trio extended their lead to 30 seconds with 10 kilometres remaining, but a determined chase group steadily chipped into their lead.

Costa, Horrach and Taaramae still had to tackle the third category Coll de'n Bleda at five kilometres to go, and the trio reached its peak holding a narrow 12-second advantage.

Two kilometres later their lead dropped to 10 seconds and soon afterwards Taaramae was dropped from the escape. Costa and Horrach continued in their pursuit of victory in the 143km Trofeo Deià as their lead dipped under 10 seconds inside the flamme rouge.

The duo timed their efforts to perfection with Costa prevailing over Horrach in the two-man sprint, holding off their pursuers by seven seconds at the finish.

While the peloton enjoyed dry conditions, the Trofeo Deià's four categorized climbs and cold weather again wreaked havoc on the field with 87 riders finishing outside the time cut and a further 26 abandoning on the day.

The 2010 Challenge Mallorca concludes tomorrow with the 158.5km Trofeo Magaluf – Palmanova, another mountainous stage featuring five categorized climbs.

Full Results
1Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne3:27:21
2Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:02
3José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:07
4Aitor Pérez (Spa) Footon-Servetto
5José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
6Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha
7Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
8Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
9Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto
10Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha
11Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
12Rubén Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
13Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step
14Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram
15Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
16Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto
17Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto
18Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha
19Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia
20Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea
21Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
22Franck Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
23Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha
24Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank
25Matthias Brandle (Aut) Footon-Servetto
26Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
27Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto
28Rodrigo García (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
29Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto
30Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha
31Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram
32Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
33Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha
34Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:17
35Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:00:21
36Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:00
37Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:07
38Juan José Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:20
39Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
40David Gutiérrez P (Spa) Footon-Servetto
41Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:53
42Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step0:02:00
43Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:02:29
44Carlos Torrent Tarres (Spa) Spanish National Team0:02:30
45Tassilo Fricke (Ger) Team Netapp
46Raúl Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
47Iván Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:33
48Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
49Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram
50Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
51Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank
52Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
53Gregory Obando (CRc) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon0:03:00
54Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram0:03:25
55Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
56Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
57Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
58Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
59Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
60Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto
61Sylvian Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:04:30
62Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step
63Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step
64Pascual Orengo López (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon0:04:54
65Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha
66Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
67Rasmus Guldhammer (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia
68Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
69José Carlos Lara (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
70Tom Stansnisder (Ned) Rabobank
71Fco David Delgado (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
72David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:06:01
73Sergi Escobar (Spa) Spanish National Team
74Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
75Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:02
76Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:08:19
77Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:08:29
78Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:08:30
HDAntonio Miguel Parra (Spa) Spanish National Team0:10:55
HDJose Antonio De Segovia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
HDJuan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
HDSander Oostlander (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:12:57
HDManuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
HDTony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:13:00
HDJens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
HDMartin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
HDPeter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia
HDJan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp
HDTejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia
HDDuyn Huub (Ned) Team Netapp
HDTristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
HDLeopold Konig (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
HDAndoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea
HDLaurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
HDAnders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank
HDGrischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
HDImanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
HDAlberto Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
HDKoos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank
HDJoost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank
HDBauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank
HDBastien Delrot (Fra) Team Netapp
HDChristophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
HDKevyn Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
HDCraig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia
HDKasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank
HDNico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:13:06
HDLuis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon0:13:47
HDOscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
HDJosae Luis Roldan (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:16:08
HDSergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:16:10
HDKurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quick Step
HDRamon Domene (Spa) Spanish National Team
HDJose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
HDRobin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano
HDSjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
HDAirán Fernández (Spa) Spanish National Team
HDJakub Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
HDDiego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
HDMario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
HDEloy Teruel (Spa) Spanish National Team
HDMarzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne
HDChristoph Pfingsten (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
HDDavid Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano
HDMitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano
HDBert De Backer (Bel) Skil - Shimano
HDIván Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
HDTomas Buchacek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
HDFrantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
HDVladimir Isaychev (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
HDAlexander Gottfried (Ger) Team Netapp
HDPetr Bencik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
HDFrantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia
HDGustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
HDMauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step
HDStanislav Kozubek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
HDTomas Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
HDDelio Fernández (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
HDJakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank
HDNicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
HDFrancesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step
HDJaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank
HDPiet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano
HDNico Keinath (Ger) Team Netapp
HDLuke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram
HDPedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto
HDAdrián Saez (Spa) Orbea
HDAndrés A Antuña (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
HDAitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
HDMatthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram
HDAddy Engels (Ned) Quick Step
HDKai Reus (Ned) Rabobank0:19:10
HDBram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:23:22
HDPablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
HDCesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp
HDBeñat Urain (Spa) Orbea
HDRobert Förster (Ger) Team Milram
HDBas Stamsnijder (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
HDNoel Martin (Spa) Orbea
HDCheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano
HDAsier Maeztu (Spa) Spanish National Team
HDEugeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha0:23:27
HDTony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia
HDJack Vermeulen (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
HDJeffrey Wiersma (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
DNSKanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia
DNSDimitri Clayes (Bel) Team Netapp
DNFThomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram
DNFBert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia
DNFAlan Pérez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFAlberto Benítez Román (Spa) Footon-Servetto
DNFTom Stubbe (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
DNFKalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFJulien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFJob Vissers (Ned) Skil - Shimano
DNFJin Long (Chn) Skil - Shimano
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano
DNFRobert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano
DNFGustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
DNFCarlos Castaño (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
DNFGustavo Rodríguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
DNFJon Izagirre (Spa) Orbea
DNFJon Aberasturi (Spa) Orbea
DNFMikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea
DNFAritz Etxebarria (Spa) Orbea
DNFXabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea
DNFDaniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp
DNFPablo Aitor Bernal (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFRafael Serrano (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFMarc Reynes (Spa) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFMartin Hebik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFRune Van Der Meijden (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
DNFAlbert Torres (Spa) Spanish National Team

Combination Competition
1Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne10pts
2Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank10
3Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha8
4José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne7
5Aitor Pérez (Spa) Footon-Servetto6
6Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram6
7Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram6
8José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne5
9Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha4
10Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto4
11Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3
12Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto3
13Rasmus Guldhammer (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia3
14Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur2
15Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1

1Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank1

Sprints Special
1Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram3pts
2Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank1

1Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram10pts
2Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto10
3Rasmus Guldhammer (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia10
4Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto7
5Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne7
6Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step7
7Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha6
8Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne5
9Rubén Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne5
10Franck Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank3
11Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha3
12Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto2
13Aitor Pérez (Spa) Footon-Servetto1
14Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1

1Caisse d'Epargne10:22:17
2Team Katusha0:00:02
4Omega Pharma-Lotto
5Team Milram0:00:21
6Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:20
7Team Saxo Bank0:04:54
8Andalucia - Cajasur0:04:59
9Team HTC - Columbia0:05:54
10Quick Step0:06:23
12Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon0:10:10
13Xacobeo Galicia0:14:13
14Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:17:11
15Spanish National Team0:19:12
16Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:23:31
17Team Netapp0:28:16
19PSK Whirlpool - Author0:41:56
20Skil - Shimano0:48:16

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