Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) continued his winning ways, after claiming victory in today’s Trofeo Palma – in a bunch sprint finish, ahead of André Greipel (Lotto Soudal), Ben Swift (Sky) Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) and Bryan Coquard (Europcar).
The Italian rider began this year’s Challenge Mallorca series, by winning the opening race, the Trofeo Santanyi, on Thursday.
Today’s race was highlights by an early breakaway group containing Darío Hernández (Burgos BH), Unai Intziarte (Murias Taldea) and Ilart Zuazubiskar (Spain), who succeeded in riding clear during the opening kilometers – to build up a substantial lead of five minutes over the peloton.
However, a determined peloton under the impetus of team Cofidis, continued to reduce their advantage.
Indeed, Zuazubiskar was the last of the escapees to be swept up, in the final hour of racing, while Team Sky took the front in the closing kilometers, in an attempt to set-up their man – Swift.
However, both Greipel and Pelucchi found themselves in better positions during the finale, as both men swooped in during the waning moments to claim victories ahead of Swift
Top 10 Finishers
1 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling
2 Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Soudal
3 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
4 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
5 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
6 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Team Roompot
7 Russell Downing (GBr) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
8 Dylan Page (Swi) Roth Skoda
9 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka
10 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Cannondale
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