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Challenge Mallorca: Moschetti makes it two with victory in Trofeo Palma

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Moschetti punches the air in delight

Moschetti punches the air in delight (Image credit: Bettini Images)
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The sprint for the line

The sprint for the line (Image credit: Bettini Images)
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Gritted teeth all the way to the line

Gritted teeth all the way to the line (Image credit: Bettini Images)
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Sportsmanship between Ackermann and Moschetti on the podium

Sportsmanship between Ackermann and Moschetti on the podium (Image credit: Bettini Images)
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The podium finishers

The podium finishers (Image credit: Bettini Images)
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The peloton rolls out

The peloton rolls out (Image credit: Bettini Images)
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The breakaway in its formation

The breakaway in its formation (Image credit: Bettini Images)
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Enric Mas went on the attack

Enric Mas went on the attack (Image credit: Bettini Images)
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The breakaway trio

The breakaway trio (Image credit: Bettini Images)
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The Movistar team

The Movistar team (Image credit: Bettini Images)
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Trek working on the front of the peloton

Trek working on the front of the peloton (Image credit: Bettini Images)
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The peloton loops around Palma

The peloton loops around Palma (Image credit: Bettini Images)
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Lluis Mas leads the way in the break

Lluis Mas leads the way in the break (Image credit: Bettini Images)

Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo) made it two wins and a perfect start to the season at the Challenge Mallorca, backing up his opening-day victory with another triumph in the Trofeo Palma on the final day. 

The Italian beat Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Andrea Pasqualon (Circus-Wanty Gobert) to the line in a bunch sprint in Palma. 

After a debut professional season with glimpses of promise but no victory, the 23-year-old now has two wins from two appearances in 2020. 

Challenge Mallorca is a series of four one-day races, rather than a stage race and, after winning the Trofeo Felanitx, Ses Salines, Campos Porreres on Thursday, Moschetti chose to sit out the following two races, which were more suited to climbers. 

He returned on Sunday to deliver a powerful sprint to get the better of Ackermann, one of last year's leading sprinters, for a second time in a week. 

"The first day was a surprise, first of all for me, and also for the guys, but today we were ready for the win from the start," Moschetti said. "We showed we can control the race and have a good result. We are a strong team.

"In the last kilometer, we were just behind the train of Bora-Hansgrohe. In the last 100 meters, I took the wheel of Ackermann, and in the last 50, I tried to give my best, and yeah, it was enough. I am super happy."

The final day of the Challenge Mallorca was always liable to finish in a bunch sprint but the climb and descent of the Col sa Creu - 6.4km at 3.7 per cent - ahead of the flat finishing circuit complicated matters. 

It was there that the race ignited, with Movistar's Enric Mas kicking off the hostilities and sparking a chaotic period of the race. The day's early breakaway - Lluis Mas (Movistar), Brian Van Goethem (Lotto Soudal), Alvarao Cuadros (Caja Rural) - were caught, and moves came and went on the descent. 

By the bottom, four riders - Jempy Drucker (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Stefano Oldani (Lotto Soudal) and Loïc Vliegen (Circus-Wanty Gobert) - had pulled clear to take a slim lead onto the first of two laps of the 10km finishing circuit. 

The peloton, however, made no mistake and dragged it back for a bunch sprint, where Moschetti showed again he's a force to be reckoned with this season.

Full Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 3:46:29
2Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
3Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Circus-Wanty Gobert
4Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
5Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
6Cedric Beullens (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
7Juan Jose Lobato del Valle (Spa) Fundacion-Orbea
8Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
10Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
11Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Kern Pharma
12Stefan Bissegger (Sui) Switzerland
13Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation
14Christophe Noppe (Bel) Team Arkea-Samsic
15Thery Schir (Sui) Swiss Racing Academy
16José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
17Bram Welten (Ned) Team Arkea-Samsic
18Jacob Scott (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing
19Xavier Cañellas Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
20Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
21Paolo Totò (Ita) Work Service-Dinatek-Vega
22Robin Froidevaux (Sui) Switzerland
23Matis Louvel (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
24Fabian Paumann (Sui) Swiss Racing Academy
25Rasmus Byriel Iversen (Den) Lotto Soudal
26Alex Paton (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing
27Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
28Antonio Angulo Sampedro (Spa) Fundacion-Orbea
29Lukas Rüegg (Sui) Swiss Racing Academy
30Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Burgos-BH
31Antonio Jesus Soto Guirao (Spa) Fundacion-Orbea
32Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
33Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
34Giacomo Garavaglia (Ita) Kometa Xstra
35Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert
36Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
37Jose Manuel Gutierrez Revuelta (Spa) Gios-Kiwi Atlantico
38Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
39Francesco Zandri (Ita) Work Service-Dinatek-Vega 0:00:04
40Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
41Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
42Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
43Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:08
44Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
45Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:11
46Matthias Reutimann (Sui) Swiss Racing Academy
47Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
48Denis Nekrasov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
49Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
50Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
51Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation
52Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo
53Jon Agirre Egaña (Spa) Kern Pharma
54Urko Berrade Fernandez (Spa) Kern Pharma
55Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Lotto Soudal
56Joab Schneiter (Sui) Swiss Racing Academy
57Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00:15
58Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
59Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Start-Up Nation
60Nils Politt (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation
61Patrick Gamper (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
62Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team
63Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
65Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:26
66Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:40
67Diego Lopez Fuentes (Spa) Fundacion-Orbea 0:00:44
68Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:02
69Miguel Angel Fernandez Ruiz (Spa) Gios-Kiwi Atlantico 0:02:42
70Dario Puccioni (Ita) Work Service-Dinatek-Vega
71Per Christian Münstermann (Ger) SKS Sauerland NRW
72Alex Molenaar (Ned) Burgos-BH
73Quinn Simmons (USA) Trek-Segafredo
74Abram Stockman (Bel) SKS Sauerland NRW
75Isaac Canton Serrano (Spa) Burgos-BH
76Alejandro Ropero Molina (Spa) Kometa Xstra
77Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Canyon-DHB Racing
78Mathias Alexander E. Larsen (Den) Kometa Xstra
79Yurgen Clesman Ramirez Uzcategui
80Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
81Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
82Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
83Valère Thiébaud (Sui) Switzerland
84Oier Lazkano Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
85Alex Vogel (Sui) Swiss Racing Academy
86Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
87Jaime Castrillo Zapater (Spa) Kern Pharma
88Ivan Moreno Sanchez (Spa) Kern Pharma
89Sergio Nestor Araiz Michel (Spa) Kern Pharma
90Jose Felix Parra Cuerda (Spa) Kern Pharma
91Yves Lütolf (Sui) Swiss Racing Academy
92Alfdan De Decker (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
93Simone Bevilacqua (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
94Alvaro Cuadros Morata (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:02:59
95Fabio Van den Bossche (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:04:19
96Gilles De Wilde (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:04:49
97Sergio Roman Martin Galan (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
98Julian Braun (Ger) SKS Sauerland NRW
99Emil Andersson (Swe) Memil Pro Cycling
100Carl Ljunggren (Swe) Memil Pro Cycling
101Raul Colombo (Ita) Work Service-Dinatek-Vega
102Carmelo Urbano Fontiveros (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
103Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
104Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
105Antonio Puppio (Ita) Kometa Xstra
106Antonio Santoro (Ita) Work Service-Dinatek-Vega
107Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Vini Zabu' KTM
108Alessandro Pessot (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
109Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
110Luis Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team
111Franklín Chacón (Ven) Gios-Kiwi Atlantico 0:06:02
112Fernando Lopes Gonzalez (Spa) Gios-Kiwi Atlantico
113Petr Rikunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
114David Galarreta Ugarte (Spa) Gios-Kiwi Atlantico
115Matteo Rotondi (Ita) Work Service-Dinatek-Vega
116Manuel Peñalver Aniorte (Spa) Burgos-BH
117Michiel Stockman (Bel) SKS Sauerland NRW
118Dzmitry Zhyhunou (Blr) Fundacion-Orbea
119Jacob Hennessy (GBr) Canyon-DHB Racing
120Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation
121Mattia Bevilacqua (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
122Márton Dina (Hun) Kometa Xstra
123Fabio Mazzucco (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
124Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
125Thomas Stewart (GBr) Canyon-Sram Racing
126Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal
127Lars Kulbe (Ger) SKS Sauerland NRW
128Ricardo Vilela (Por) Burgos-BH
129Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Movistar Team
130Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Fundacion-Orbea
131Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
132Robert Scott (GBr) Canyon-DHB 0:08:32
133Ollie Morgan (GBr) Memil Pro Cycling
DNFDario Cataldo (Ita) Movistar Team
DNFDavide Villella (Ita) Movistar Team
DNFEmanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFElie Gesbert (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFLukasz Owsian (Pol) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFOdd Christian Eiking (Nor) Circus-Wanty Gobert
DNFSimone Petilli (Ita) Circus-Wanty Gobert
DNFJuan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Burgos-BH
DNFMikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Fundacion-Orbea
DNFAlessandro Iacchi (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
DNFCristian Scaroni (Ita) Gazprom-Rusvelo
DNFErik Fetter (Hun) Kometa Xstra
DNFDaniel Viegas (Por) Kometa Xstra
DNFAlex Colman (Bel) Canyon-Sram Racing
DNFAlejandro Regueiro Perez (Spa) Gios-Kiwi Atlantico
DNFJon Knolle (Ger) SKS Sauerland NRW
DNFLukas Baldinger (Ger) SKS Sauerland NRW
DNFWillhelm Wallinder (Swe) Memil Pro Cycling
DNFWincent Wallinder (Swe) Memil Pro Cycling
DNFChristoffer Eriksson (Swe) Memil Pro Cycling
DNFAndreas Andersson (Swe) Memil Pro Cycling
DNFNicolas Coppolino (Ita) Work Service-Dinatek-Vega
DNFLaurin Bachmann (Sui) Switzerland
DNFTristan Marguet (Sui) Switzerland
DNFMauro Schmid (Sui) Switzerland
DNFNico Selenati (Sui) Switzerland

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