Challenge Mallorca: Jesus Herrada wins opener in Felanitx

Jesus Herrada raises his arm in celebration

Jesus Herrada raises his arm in celebration (Image credit: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Sport)

Jesus Herrada (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) claimed victory on the opening day of the Challenge Mallorca, when he won atop the Puig de Sant Salvador at the end of the Trofeo Ses Salines-Campos-Porreres-Felanitx.

The Spaniard beat Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) into second place, while Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) took third place. World champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) came home in fourth place on the opening race day of the European season.

Some 30 or so riders remained in contention after the opening slopes of the 5km finishing climb, and the first telling attack was launched by José Goncalves (Katusha-Alpecin) with a little over 3km to go. The Portuguese rider was joined on the offensive by Martin, and the duo carried a lead of 14 seconds in the final kilometre.

An elite chasing group was forming behind, however, and closed in on the leading duo as the gradient stiffened nearer the summit. Herrada proved the strongest on the climb, ripping clear to claim an emphatic solo victory. Despite his earlier efforts, Martin held on for second place, just ahead of Mollema and Valverde.

Herrada will share the headlines in the Spanish press on Friday with the unfortunate Mikel Landa (Movistar), who was one of a number of riders to come down in a crash in the peloton with 19km remaining.

Landa abandoned with a shoulder injury and his Movistar team reported that he had been taken to hospital for further assessment. Rasmus Iversen (Lotto Soudal), who was part of the day's early break, was left with a suspected fractured collarbone in the same incident.

How it unfolded

Iversen had been voted the day’s most combative rider after escaping shortly after the start in Ses Salines in the company of Antonio Soto (Fundacion Euskadi) and Jacob Hennessy (Canyon DHB).

The trio struck up a solid working alliance and had a lead of more than five minutes by the time they hit the 20km mark.

When the gap yawned out to 6:50 soon afterwards, Movistar took up the reins in the main peloton and worked to keep the gap at manageable dimensions, while out in front, Rasmus led the escapees over the first two category 4 ascents of the day.

At some 100km into the race, there was a notable injection of pace in the peloton as Movistar upped the ante, and their forcing pared down the break's lead significantly. With a shade over 50km to go, the gap was down to just 1:20, and this development inspired Lars Boom (Roompot-Charles) and Pim Ligthart (Direct Energie) go on the offensive in a two-up counter-attack.

Boom and Ligthart combined well and at one point closed to within touching distance of the three leaders. Unfortunately for this experienced Dutch tandem, the bunch never quite lost a clasp of their coattails, and they were pegged back with 36km remaining.

By then, the early escapees had only 12 seconds in hand on the bunch, and Iversen and Soto soon elected to sit up. Hennessy, who raced for Mitchelton-Scott’s under-23 team last year, persisted a little longer but the British youngster was eventually caught by the peloton a shade over 30km from home.

The pace was such that nobody could escape over the penultimate climb, the category 4 Coll Es Monjos, where Jempy Drucker (Bora-Hansgrohe) was first to the top. Although the peloton was reduced in size by the crash with 19km to go, its intensity was undiminished all the way to the base of final ascent of Puig de Sant Salvador, where Herrada proved the strongest. It was the 10th victory of Herrada’s career, and his first since landing the Spanish national title in 2017.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4:12:29
2Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team0:00:11
3Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek - SegafredoRow 2 - Cell 2
4Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:13
6Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Equipo EuskadiRow 5 - Cell 2
7Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora - HansgroheRow 6 - Cell 2
8Fabio Aru (Ita) Uae Team Emirates0:00:16
9Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea - SamsicRow 8 - Cell 2
10Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora - HansgroheRow 9 - Cell 2
11Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team0:00:24
12Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:00:26
13Simon Špilak (Slo) Team Katusha Alpecin0:00:33
14Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:00:41
15Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 14 - Cell 2
16Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Charles0:00:47
17Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora - Hansgrohe0:00:49
18José Isidro Maciel Gonçalves (Por)0:00:54
19Sean De Bie (Bel) Roompot - Charles0:01:00
20Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek - Segafredo0:01:19
21Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Team Katusha Alpecin0:01:25
22Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin0:01:43
23Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot - Charles0:01:53
24Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 23 - Cell 2
25Brandon Mcnulty (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:01:57
26Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:00
27Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:02:10
28Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 27 - Cell 2
29José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:15
30Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:24
31Manuele Mori (Ita) Uae Team Emirates0:02:27
32Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:40
33Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team Katusha Alpecin0:03:16
34Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkea - SamsicRow 33 - Cell 2
35Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Roompot - Charles0:03:25
36Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team0:03:36
37Oscar Pelegri Ferrandis (Spa) Spain0:03:50
38Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:00
39Antonio Jesus Soto Guirao (Spa) Equipo EuskadiRow 38 - Cell 2
40Xavier Cañellas Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:04:02
41Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:04:14
42Rick Zabel (Ger) Team Katusha AlpecinRow 41 - Cell 2
43Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Luis Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 45 - Cell 2
47Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Team Arkea - SamsicRow 46 - Cell 2
48John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek - SegafredoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:31
50Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 49 - Cell 2
51Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:05
52Marco Mathis (Ger) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 51 - Cell 2
53Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 52 - Cell 2
54Rui Filipe Alves Oliveira (Por) Uae Team EmiratesRow 53 - Cell 2
55Ryan Anderson (Can) Rally UHC CyclingRow 54 - Cell 2
56Marco Marcato (Ita) Uae Team EmiratesRow 55 - Cell 2
57Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek - SegafredoRow 56 - Cell 2
58Antonio Molina Canet (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 57 - Cell 2
59Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Roompot - CharlesRow 58 - Cell 2
60Dzmitry Zhyhunou (Blr) Equipo EuskadiRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Bora - Hansgrohe0:05:08
62Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek - Segafredo0:05:43
63Maxence Moncassin (Fra) Amore & Vita - Prodir0:05:47
64Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe0:06:19
65Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Evopro Racing0:06:50
66Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty - Gobert Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Movistar Team0:06:53
68Seid Lizde (BiH) Evopro Racing0:06:56
69Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Uae Team Emirates0:07:31
70Alan Banaszek (Pol) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 69 - Cell 2
71Mikel Alonso Flores (Spa) Equipo Euskadi0:07:36
72Felix Intra (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany0:07:52
73Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 72 - Cell 2
74Thimo Willems (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:07:55
75Samuel Ponce Alvarez (And) Interpro Cycling AcademyRow 74 - Cell 2
76Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 75 - Cell 2
77Justin Timmermans (Ned) Roompot - CharlesRow 76 - Cell 2
78Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 77 - Cell 2
79Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek - SegafredoRow 78 - Cell 2
80Daire Feeley (Irl) Evopro Racing0:07:58
81Viesturs Luksevics (Lat) Amore & Vita - ProdirRow 80 - Cell 2
82Markel Irizar Aramburu (Spa) Trek - SegafredoRow 81 - Cell 2
83Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 82 - Cell 2
84Jan-André Freuler (Swi) Amore & Vita - ProdirRow 83 - Cell 2
85Lars Boom (Ned) Roompot - Charles0:08:06
86Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Katusha AlpecinRow 85 - Cell 2
87Pablo Torres Muiño (Spa) Interpro Cycling Academy0:08:21
88Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Interpro Cycling AcademyRow 87 - Cell 2
89Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:08:24
90Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora - HansgroheRow 89 - Cell 2
91Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 90 - Cell 2
92Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Gobert Cycling TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 92 - Cell 2
94Robert Britton (Can) Rally UHC CyclingRow 93 - Cell 2
95Simon Sellier (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 94 - Cell 2
96Mathieu BuRGAudeau (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 95 - Cell 2
97Peter Koning (Ned) Bike AidRow 96 - Cell 2
98Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Bike AidRow 97 - Cell 2
99Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Interpro Cycling AcademyRow 98 - Cell 2
100Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 99 - Cell 2
101Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - MuriasRow 100 - Cell 2
102Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - MuriasRow 101 - Cell 2
103Peio Goikoetxea Goiogana (Spa) Equipo EuskadiRow 102 - Cell 2
104Mario Gonzalez Salas (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - MuriasRow 103 - Cell 2
105Iltjan Nika (Alb) Amore & Vita - ProdirRow 104 - Cell 2
106Juan Antonio Lopez-Cozar Jaimez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:08:29
107Sasha Weemaes (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 106 - Cell 2
108Thibault Guernalec (Fra) Team Arkea - Samsic0:08:47
109Gauthier Navarro (Fra) Interpro Cycling Academy0:08:59
110Maximilian Stedman (GBr) Canyon Dhb p/b Bloor Homes0:09:37
111Fernando Barcelo Aragon (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:10:07
112John Murphy (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:10:13
113Marco Bernardinetti (Ita) Amore & Vita - Prodir0:11:00
114Louis Leinau (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS GermanyRow 113 - Cell 2
115Jon Knolle (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS GermanyRow 114 - Cell 2
116Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:11:39
117Pier Andre Cote (Can) Rally UHC CyclingRow 116 - Cell 2
118Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore & Vita - Prodir0:12:31
119Danilo Celano (Ita) Amore & Vita - ProdirRow 118 - Cell 2
120Thomas Stewart (GBr) Canyon Dhb p/b Bloor Homes0:12:54
121Alex Colman (Bel) Canyon Dhb p/b Bloor HomesRow 120 - Cell 2
122Daniel Bichlmann (Ger) Bike AidRow 121 - Cell 2
123Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 122 - Cell 2
124Yousif Mirza Al-Hammadi (UAE) Uae Team EmiratesRow 123 - Cell 2
125Justin Wolf (Ger) Bike AidRow 124 - Cell 2
126Jacob Hennessy (GBr) Canyon Dhb p/b Bloor Homes0:13:18
127Lucas Carstensen (Ger) Bike Aid0:13:22
128Robert Thomas Wagner (Ger) Team Arkea - Samsic0:15:38
129Pim Ligthart (Ned) Direct EnergieRow 128 - Cell 2
130Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Amael Moinard (Fra) Team Arkea - SamsicRow 130 - Cell 2
132Aaron Kearney (Irl) Evopro RacingRow 131 - Cell 2
133Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Evopro RacingRow 132 - Cell 2
134Per Christian Münstermann (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS GermanyRow 133 - Cell 2
135Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 134 - Cell 2
136Tyler Magner (USA) Rally UHC CyclingRow 135 - Cell 2
137Adrien Guillonnet (Fra) Interpro Cycling AcademyRow 136 - Cell 2
138Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Team Arkea - SamsicRow 137 - Cell 2
139Hernan Ricardo Aguirre Caipa (Col) Interpro Cycling AcademyRow 138 - Cell 2
140Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - MuriasRow 139 - Cell 2
141Unai Iribar Jauregi (Spa) SpainRow 140 - Cell 2
142Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) SpainRow 141 - Cell 2
143Diego Lopez Fuentes (Spa) Equipo EuskadiRow 142 - Cell 2
144Alvaro Cuadros Morata (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 143 - Cell 2
145Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally UHC CyclingRow 144 - Cell 2
146Cormac Mcgeough (Irl) Evopro RacingRow 145 - Cell 2
147Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Gobert Cycling TeamRow 146 - Cell 2
148Matthew Bostock (GBr) Canyon Dhb p/b Bloor HomesRow 147 - Cell 2
149Aaron Grosser (Ger) Bike AidRow 148 - Cell 2
150Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty - Gobert Cycling TeamRow 149 - Cell 2
151Pau Llaneras Casas (Spa) SpainRow 150 - Cell 2
OTLLars Kulbe (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany0:22:48
OTLJoann Leinau (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS GermanyRow 152 - Cell 2
OTLJulio Alberto Amores Palacios (Spa) Spain0:22:57
OTLMarc Buades Ferriol (Spa) SpainRow 154 - Cell 2
OTLChristoph Schweizer (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany0:23:27

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