Eleonora Gasparrini (UAE Team ADQ) took the win on the final day of the Challenge Mallorca, outpacing Noemi Rüegg (EF Education-Cannondale) to the line on the uphill finish at the Trofeo Binissalem-Andratx.
The finale was a straight battle between the two teams as they took control of the final kilometres along with riders from Movistar and AG Insurance-Soudal. But it was UAE who were at the front in the final kilometre thanks to the efforts of Silvia Persico.
Persico led up to the final corner of the race, peeling off to let Gasparrini go up the inside into the final 50 metres. Rüegg, meanwhile, was out of position on the outside of the group and was forced to round Persico to begin her sprint.
The move meant the Swiss rider was left with too much to do to catch and sprint against Gasparrini on the short run to the line, meaning she had to be content with second place – as well as her win at the Trofeo Felanitx on Saturday.
For Gasparrini, the victory counts as the third of her career, while another Italian rider – Nadia Quagliotto (Laboral Kutxa-Fundación Euskadi) rounded out the podium a little further back. Olivia Baril (Movistar) and Marthe Goossens (AG Insurance-Soudal) took fourth and fifth.
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