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Biniam Girmay wins Trofeo Port d’Alcúdia

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Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) won the Trofeo Port d’Alcúdia

Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) won the Trofeo Port d’Alcúdia (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The views were stunning during the Trofeo Port d’Alcùdia of the Challenge Mallorca series

The views were stunning during the Trofeo Port d’Alcùdia of the Challenge Mallorca series (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The early break in the Port d’Alcùdia race

The early break in the Port d’Alcùdia race (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Sam Bewley lead the Challenge Mallorca peloton

Sam Bewley lead the Challenge Mallorca peloton (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The BikeExchange-Jayco riders stand out in the Challenge Mallorca peloton

The BikeExchange-Jayco riders stand out in the Challenge Mallorca peloton (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco)

Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Movistar line-out the peloton

Movistar line-out the peloton (Image credit: Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022)
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Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) enjoys his early-season win

Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) enjoys his early-season win (Image credit: Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022)
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The Challenge Mallorca peloton rides through the lanes

The Challenge Mallorca peloton rides through the lanes (Image credit: Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022)
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Blue skies at the Challenge Mallorca

Blue skies at the Challenge Mallorca (Image credit: Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022)
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The Challenge Mallorca peloton rides near Alcudia

The Challenge Mallorca peloton rides near Alcudia (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) takes centre stage on the podium

Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) takes centre stage on the podium (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) kicks-off his sprint

Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) kicks-off his sprint (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) wins in style

Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) wins in style (Image credit: Getty Images)

Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) won the Trofeo Port d’Alcúdia in a reduced bunch finish. The Eritrean produced a crisp sprint to beat Ryan Gibbons (UAE Team Emirates) to the line, with Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel Premier Tech) placing third.

Movistar, UAE Team Emirates and Bora-Hansgrohe were prominent in ensuring a group finish in Port d’Alcudia, but it was Girmay – silver medallist in the U23 road race at last year’s Worlds – who proved the quickest in the sprint, winning by more than a bike length.
 
There was a rapid start to proceedings left Port d’Alcúdia, with a flurry of early attacks lining out the peloton in the opening 15km before a four-man break eventually established itself. Yentl Vandvelde (Minerva), Raul Colombo (Work Service-Vitalcare-Dynatek), Mikel Bizkarra (Euskatel-Euskadi) and Tuur Dens (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) were the escapees, and they established a lead of 5:15 on the peloton ahead of the day’s first ascent, the category 4 Coll d’Artà.

Israel Premier Tech and Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert were the first teams to marshal a pursuit, and they were soon joined by BikeExchange-Jayo, who were riding on behalf of Michael Matthews, and the leading quartet’s advantage receded accordingly.

At the foot of the day’s principal difficulty, the Coll de Sa Batalla, the gap was down to 3:10 and the break’s crumbled still further as the race ignited behind them. Bora-Hansgrohe were prominent in ramping up the pressure on the climb to tee up an attack from 18-year-old Cian Uijtdebroeks, whose acceleration was tracked by Ivan Sosa (Movistar), Felix Gall (AG2R Citroen), Damien Howson (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Marco Haller (Bora-Hansgrohe).

That attack saw UAE Team Emirates spring into action to lead the pursuit. Their pace-making eventually brought Uijtdebroecks et al to heel and it also served to whittle the peloton down to fifty or so riders on the approach to the summit, with Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) among the established sprinters to lose contact.

By then, Bizkarra was the only survivor of the day’s early break, and the Basque crested the summit with 1:17 in hand on the peloton and 34km still to race. He stuck to his task on the following short haul up the Coll de Femenia, but his lead was soon pared down to a handful of seconds, and he was swept up by the reduced front group on the drop to the finish in Port d’Alcúdia with 25km remaining.

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Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Biniam Girmay (Eri) Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 3:50:48
2Ryan Gibbons (RSA) UAE Team Emirates
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Israel - Premier Tech
4Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Movistar Team
5Matis Louvel (Fra) Team Arkea - Samsic
6Michael Matthews (Aus) Team BikeExchange - Jayco
7Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
8Pascal Ackermann (Ger) UAE Team Emirates
9Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos-BH
10Lawrence Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
11Antonio Jesus Soto Guirao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
12Miguel Angel Ballesteros Canovas (Spa) Electro Hiper Europa - Caldas
13Alex Jaime Fernandez (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
14Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
15Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Movistar Team
16Marco Haller (Aut) Bora - Hansgrohe
17Alexander Kamp (Den) Trek - Segafredo
18Simon Guglielmi (Fra) Team Arkea - Samsic
19Mirco Maestri (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
20Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
21Vito Braet (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
22Ruben Apers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
23Raul Garcia Pierna (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
24Luis Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team
25Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
26Sander de Pestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
27Simon Pellaud (Swi) Trek - Segafredo
28Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Israel - Premier Tech
29Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal
30Mattia Bais (Ita) Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
31Nils Politt (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe
32Diego Pablo Sevilla Lopez (Spa) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
33Felix Gall (Aut) AG2R Citroën Team
34Michal Schlegel (Cze) Caja Rural-seguros Rga
35Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
36Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Team BikeExchange - Jayco
37Kévin Vauquelin (Fra) Team Arkea - Samsic
38Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
39Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Team Arkea - Samsic
40André Carvalho (Por) Cofidis
41Dion Smith (NZl) Team BikeExchange - Jayco
42Ben Zwiehoff (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe
43Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
44Juri Hollmann (Ger) Movistar Team
45Eddy Fine (Fra) Cofidis
46Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Israel - Premier Tech
47Joel Suter (Swi) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:09
48Jon Agirre Egaña (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
49Oier Lazkano Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
50Ivan Moreno Sanchez (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
51Sergio Roman Martin Galan (Spa) Caja Rural-seguros Rga
52Jaakko Hänninen (Fin) AG2R Citroën Team
53Xabier Isasa Larrañaga (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
54Sander Armee (Bel) Cofidis
55Jens Schuermans (Bel) Beat Cycling
56Anton Palzer (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe
57Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
58Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Eolo-kometa Cycling Team
59Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) Movistar Team
60Jose Felix Parra Cuerda (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
61William Barta (USA) Movistar Team
62Damien Howson (Aus) Team BikeExchange - Jayco
63Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Arkea - Samsic
64Valentin Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
65Cian Uijtdebroeks (Bel) Bora - Hansgrohe
66Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
67Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:23
68Kevin Colleoni (Ita) Team BikeExchange - Jayco
69Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis 0:00:45
70Hector Carretero (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
71Arnaud De Lie (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:02:40
72Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Cofidis
73Eduard-Michael Grosu (Rom) Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
74Milan Fretin (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
75Xavier Cañellas Sanchez (Spa) Java Kiwi Atlantico
76Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek - Segafredo
77Nicola Venchiarutti (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
78Thimo Willems (Bel) Minerva Cycling Team
79Mateu Estelrich Cabanellas (Spa) Electro Hiper Europa - Caldas
80Kasper Saver (Bel) Minerva Cycling Team
81Robbe Van Praet (Bel) Minerva Cycling Team
82Jordy Bouts (Bel) Beat Cycling
83Pablo Alonso Montes (Spa) Electro Hiper Europa - Caldas
84Ivo Manuel Alves Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates
85Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel - Premier Tech
86Daniel Jimenez Martinez (Spa) Manuela Fundacion
87Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
88Joan Marti Bennassar Rossello (Spa) Manuela Fundacion
89Andrii Ponomar (Ukr) Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
90Barnabás Peák (Hun) Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
91Umberto Marengo (Ita) Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
92Peio Goikoetxea Goiogana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
93Iker Ballarin Manso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
94Fabio Mazzucco (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
95Isaac Canton Serrano (Spa) Manuela Fundacion
96Tuur Dens (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
97Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) Eolo-kometa Cycling Team
98Andreas Miltiadis (Cyp) Java Kiwi Atlantico
99Daniel Viegas (Por) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
100Francesco Zandri (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
101Thomas Joseph (Bel) Minerva Cycling Team
102Sergio Garcia Gonzalez (Spa) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
103Oscar Pelegri Ferrandis (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:02:43
104Thomas Armstrong (GBr) Electro Hiper Europa - Caldas
105Davide Gabburo (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
106Lucas Janssen (Ned) Beat Cycling
107Raul Colombo (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
108Marcos Jurado Rodriguez (Spa) Electro Hiper Europa - Caldas
109Adrien Petit (Fra) Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
110Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
111Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
112Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek - Segafredo
113Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Burgos-BH
114Mario Aparicio Muñoz (Spa) Burgos-BH
115Sergio Araiz Michel (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
116Manuel Peñalver Aniorte (Spa) Burgos-BH
117Kamil Malecki (Pol) Lotto Soudal
118Viktor Verschaeve (Bel) Lotto Soudal
119Adria Moreno Sala (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:02:47
120Matthew Holmes (GBr) Lotto Soudal
121Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Trek - Segafredo
122Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek - Segafredo
123Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates
124Daniel Hoyos Largo (Col) Electro Hiper Europa - Caldas
125Juan Diego Hoyos Cano (Col) Electro Hiper Europa - Caldas
126Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
127Riccardo Lucca (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
128Luca Colnaghi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
129Cesare Benedetti (Pol) Bora - Hansgrohe
130Barry Miller (USA) Java Kiwi Atlantico
131Yesid Pira Parada (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros Rga
132Guy Niv (Isr) Israel - Premier Tech
133Samuele Rivi (Ita) Eolo-kometa Cycling Team
134Sebastian Berwick (Aus) Israel - Premier Tech 0:02:55
135Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
136Jack Bauer (NZl) Team BikeExchange - Jayco
137Harrison Sweeny (Aus) Lotto Soudal
138Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:02:57
139Alessandro Santaromita Villa (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
DNFLukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora - Hansgrohe
DNFTaj Jones (Aus) Israel - Premier Tech
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Lotto Soudal
DNFSamuel Bewley (NZl) Team BikeExchange - Jayco
DNFKenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis
DNFLaurens Huys (Bel) Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
DNFJakob Egholm (Den) Trek - Segafredo
DNFIúri Leitão (Por) Caja Rural-seguros Rga
DNFJosu Etxeberria Azpilikueta (Spa) Caja Rural-seguros Rga
DNSNicolas Edet (Fra) Team Arkea - Samsic
DNFDiego Rubio Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH
DNFJules Hesters (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNFSasha Weemaes (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNFGabriele Benedetti (Ita) Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
DNFTrym Bjørner Westgaard Holther (Nor) Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
DNFRICARDO Zurita (Ven)
DNFJente Boons (Bel) Beat Cycling
DNFVincent Hoppezak (Ned) Beat Cycling
DNFMatthijs Büchli (Ned) Beat Cycling
DNFYoeri Havik (Ned) Beat Cycling
DNFAngel Deckers (Bel) Minerva Cycling Team
DNFGil D´Heygere (Bel) Minerva Cycling Team
DNFYentl Vandevelde (Bel) Minerva Cycling Team
DNFGaizka Gurrutxaga Etxeberria (Spa) Java Kiwi Atlantico
DNFEdwin Yair Torres (Ven) Java Kiwi Atlantico
DNFNikiforos Arvanitou (Gre) Java Kiwi Atlantico
DNFLouis Contal (Fra) Java Kiwi Atlantico
DNFSantiago Mesa Pietralunga (Col) Manuela Fundacion
DNFEduardo Perez-Landaluce Gonzalez (Spa) Manuela Fundacion
DNFRiccardo Carretta (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
DNFFilippo Dignani (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek
DNFSamuele Zambelli (Ita) Work Service - Vitalcare - Dynatek

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