New Movistar signing Pelayo Sánchez took a thrilling victory at the Trofeo Pollença – Port d’Andratx after outsprinting Marius Mayrhofer (Tudor Pro Cycling) in a chaotic final kilometre. Mayrhofer took up the mantle of chasing a late attack from Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates) but paid the price in the final sprint with Sánchez coming around him in the final 150 metres.
Sánchez’s victory was the first of the 2024 season for Movistar and the first by a Spaniard at this year’s Challenge Mallorca.
Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) took his third podium of the week at the Challenge Mallorca after another strong performance with Tobias Halland Johannessen (Uno-X Mobility) in fourth.
Lennert Van Eetvelt (Lotto-Dstny) was the strongest on the final climb and looked set to make it back-to-back wins at the Challenge Mallorca before his companion at the front of the race – Igor Arrieta (UAE Team Emirates) crashed with 6km to race, leaving him solo in the wind.
After catching the morning breakaway, Arrieta led the race from 40km to go before Van Eetvelt reeled him in 13km from the line in Andratx on the Coll de sa Gramola and dropped him. But his race wasn’t done as he chased back onto the Belgian on the final descent, only to crash out of contention.
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