Paul Magnier (Soudal-QuickStep) got his professional career off to the perfect start with victory in the Trofeo Ses Salines-Felanitx after a perfect lead-out from his fellow neophyte Luke Lamperti.
The pair were making their debuts for Soudal-QuickStep after sitting out the opening day of the Challenge Mallorca on Wednesday, and they proved to be immediately up to speed on the requirements at this level with their canny management of the finale.
Lamperti led the bunch into the sharp final left-hand corner with Magnier tucked safely on his wheel, and the Frenchman came around him to claim an emphatic victory. Alberto Dainese (Tudor) came through for second, while Lamperti had the strength to hold on to third ahead of last year’s winner Marijn van den Berg (EF Education-EasyPost).
The race traditionally provides a bunch finish, and a number of established sprinters including Arnaud Démare (Arkéa-Samsic) and Alexander Kristoff (Uno-X) opted to start their season at this event, but it was one of the least experienced fast men in the bunch who prevailed at the end of the day’s 181km of racing.
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