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Greipel grabs Mallorca finale

Andre Greipel of HTC-Columbia finally won a sprint in the Mallorca Challenge, winning the Trofeo Magaluf-Palmanova today. The German sprinter won the mass sprint in the final race of the series ahead of Koldo Fernandez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Manuel Cardoso (Footon-Servetto).

Greipel had come into the race from the Tour Down Under, where he won three stages and the overall title. However, he had not done as well as expected on Mallorca, finishing 14th and second in his two appearances.

The 27-year-old won after 158.5 rolling kilometres, which included five ranked climbs, four category two and one category three.  He also overcame a punctured tyre only 10 km before the finish.

“I wasn't expecting this win,” Greipel said afterwards. “Before the stage I thought I'd just try to hang on for as long as I could in the hillier parts, but I got over the climbs in a lot better shape than I'd thought possible.

"In the last 40 kilometres my HTC-Columbia teammates did a lot of chasing of the riders who'd broken away and that way we had everything under control in the last part of the stage.”

The race turned into a battle between those teams who wanted to establish a break and those who wanted to keep the peloton together for the mass sprint. Footon-Servetto was determined to make a an escape, sending first Ermanno Capelli and later Matthias Brändle up the road, but the peloton didn't let anyone get too far ahead.

A high-powered group of Joan Horrach (Katusha), Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne), Maxime Monfort (HTC-Columbia) and Daniele Moreno (Omega Pharma-Lotto) got away near the end, but was caught again with four km to go. HTC-Columbia set up the sprint and Greipel galloped home for his fifth win of the year.

Greipel said, “I followed my teammate [Vicente] Reynes. I was about fifth wheel on the final right-hand corner onto the finishing straight on the seafront and then I went for it in the last 200 metres. It's always good to get a win, but I'm particularly pleased with how well I got over the climbs on a tough day, too. My teammates worked hard for this, too, and we deserved to get a win."

Full Results
1André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia4:13:17
2Koldo Fernández (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
3Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto
4José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
5Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
6Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram
7Jonas Jorgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
8Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp
9Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
10Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha
11Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram
12Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
13Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank
14Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step
15Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:06
16Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:07
17Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
18Iván Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
19Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram
20Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
21Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:10
22Iván Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
23Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
24Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram
25Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
26David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano
27Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto
28Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
29David Vitoria (Swi) Footon-Servetto
30Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha
31Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha
32Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:13
33Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
34Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
35Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
36Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto
37Franck Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
38André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
39Raúl Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
40Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step
41Antonio Tauler (Spa) Spanish National Team0:00:17
42Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea
43Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank
44Jon Izagirre (Spa) Orbea
45Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank
46Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne
47Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
48Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano
49Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha
50Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha
51Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:00:20
52Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia
53Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
54Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia
55Rodrigo García (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
56Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank
57Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne
58Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:31
59Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:32
60Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
61Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto
62Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto
63Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha
64Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:41
65Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:00:45
66Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:08
67Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:01:53
68Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon0:01:54
69Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:04:24
70Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
71Rasmus Guldhammer (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia
72Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
73Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia
74Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne
75Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia
76Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha
77Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
90Tom Stansnisder (Ned) Rabobank0:09:07
91Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank
92Matthias Brandle (Aut) Footon-Servetto
93Gregory Obando (CRc) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
94Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha0:09:14
95Joaquín Rodríguez (Spa) Team Katusha
96Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:09:19
97José Fco Pacheco (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:12:15
HDStijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:12:50
HDJose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:14:09
HDBartt Van Haaren (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
HDNoe Gianetti (Swi) Footon-Servetto0:20:21
HDAdam Blyth (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto
HDThomas Patricks Faiers (GBr) Footon-Servetto
HDVladimir Isaychev (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
HDRobin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano
HDSergi Escobar (Spa) Spanish National Team
HDLuis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
HDChristophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
HDMartin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
HDSergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
HDPiet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano
HDGustavo Rodríguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
HDRichie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
HDMitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano
HDRobert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:22:53
HDJob Vissers (Ned) Skil - Shimano
HDKenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano
HDJon Aberasturi (Spa) Orbea
HDKurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quick Step
HDGlenn D'hollander (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
HDBeñat Urain (Spa) Orbea
HDAritz Etxebarria (Spa) Orbea
HDStanislav Kozubek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
HDJakub Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
HDRemco Tebrake (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
HDXabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea
HDSjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
HDBranislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step
HDTomas Buchacek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
HDCesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp
HDAlberto Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
HDNoel Martin (Spa) Orbea
HDJeffrey Wiersma (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:23:01
HDAlbert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:23:06
HDRonan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:23:12
HDAndri Kunitski (Blr) Quick Step0:25:39
DNFDavid Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
DNFAitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFMikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFJuan José Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFAndrés Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFDario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step
DNFMauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step
DNFLinus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram
DNFMarkus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram
DNFThomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram
DNFMatthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram
DNFKoos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank
DNFMichael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia
DNFManuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
DNFJuan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
DNFManuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
DNFJavier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
DNFDavide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step
DNFAlan Pérez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFErmanno Capelli (Ita) Footon-Servetto
DNFIban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto
DNFMartin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto
DNFNikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step
DNFDominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram
DNFJoost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank
DNFÓscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank
DNFMario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
DNFAntonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
DNFKevyn Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFRein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFNicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
DNFTristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFKalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFJulien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFTony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFCheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano
DNFGustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
DNFGustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
DNFSerafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
DNFDelio Fernández (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
DNFJose Antonio De Segovia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
DNFAdrián Saez (Spa) Orbea
DNFAndoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea
DNFMikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea
DNFEric Baumann (Ger) Team Netapp
DNFBastien Delrot (Fra) Team Netapp
DNFTimon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp
DNFTassilo Fricke (Ger) Team Netapp
DNFDaniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp
DNFNico Keinath (Ger) Team Netapp
DNFJan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp
DNFDuyn Huub (Ned) Team Netapp
DNFCarlos Torrent Tarres (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFAsier Maeztu (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFPablo Aitor Bernal (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFJose A. Carrasco (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFRafael Serrano (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFMarc Reynes (Spa) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFPetr Bencik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFFrantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFLeopold Konig (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFTomas Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFMartin Hebik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
DNFStefan Vreugdenhil (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
DNFBas Stamsnijder (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
DNFRikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
DNFBram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof
DNFDiego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
DNFManuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
DNFJosé Carlos Lara (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
DNFPascual Orengo López (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon
DNFRamon Domene (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFAntonio Miguel Parra (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFAirán Fernández (Spa) Spanish National Team
DNFAndrés A Antuña (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon

Combination Competition
1Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank12pts
2André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia10
3Koldo Fernández (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi8
4Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto7
5André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank7
6Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia7
7José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6
8Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto6
9Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne5
10Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step5
11Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram4
12Jonas Jorgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank3
13Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank3
14Matthias Brandle (Aut) Footon-Servetto3
15Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp2
16Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha2
17Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne2
18Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1

1Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia3pts
2Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step2
3Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank2
4Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank1

Sprints Special
1Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3pts
2Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank3
3André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank2
4Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha2
5Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia1
6Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto1

1Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank14pts
2André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank12
3Matthias Brandle (Aut) Footon-Servetto10
4Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne8
5Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step7
6Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto7
7Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha7
8Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto6
9Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4
10David Vitoria (Swi) Footon-Servetto3
11Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3
12Rasmus Guldhammer (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia3
13Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto2
14Raúl Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon1
15Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia1

1Team Milram12:39:58
2Team Saxo Bank
3Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:03
4Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:10
5Team Katusha0:00:13
6Team HTC - Columbia0:00:19
7Caisse d'Epargne
8Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:26
11Andalucia - Cajasur0:02:06
12Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon0:02:07
13Quick Step0:12:56
14Skil - Shimano0:20:41
16Xacobeo Galicia0:32:49
17Van Vliet Ebh Elshof0:41:19
18PSK Whirlpool - Author1:06:00


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