INTERMARCHÉ
WANTY GOBERT

Trofeo Calvia

Kobe Goossens (7th) makes first podium appearance in his debut


Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux launched the racing season on Wednesday with the Trofeo Calvia (1.1, 26/01), the first of five one day races of the Mallorca Challenge. Belgian climber Kobe Goossens instantly displayed his combativity and made his new colors shine under the Mallorcan sun, thanks to a seventh place at the finish and winning the intermediate sprint classification.

Rising among the strongest riders after a first half of the race marred with climbs, Goossens was part of a chasing group behind sole leader McNulty (UAE). In a second chasing group, Laurens Huys also made a strong impression in his first appearance for the Belgian team.

Eventually, Goossens sprinted for second place in Palmanova and reached the finish line in seventh position, 1 minute 17 behind the winner, with Huys finishing in 16th place. The attractive race style of the riders directed by Aike Visbeek and Pieter Vanspeybrouck was rewarded with the prize of the Meta Volante, as Kobe Goossens was the best in the intermediate sprint classification. 

Tomorrow, Biniam Girmay, Laurens Huys and Loïc Vliegen will also participate to the Trofeo Alcudia, the second race of the Mallorca Challenge. They will be joined by Alexander Kristoff, Barnabás Peák, Adrien Petit and Andrea Pasqualon for 173 kilometer through the northwest of the island.

« My feeling in training was really good, but only the races count so I was happy that I was able to confirm from my first race day. Even though this was the start of the season, we knew more or less which riders would be performing well. I followed a group with Alejandro Valverde and Tim Wellens when the peloton exploded on the Coll de Soller. We were joined by a group with Laurens Huys, but in the end we were only eight riders to sprint for second place. It was nice to show my new colors on the podium thanks to the intermediate sprint classification. Tomorrow is a rest day for me, I hope to distinguish myself again in my three next races on this island. »

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