The fifth and final one-day race of the Mallorca Challenge took place this Sunday with the Trofeo Playa de Palma (1.1, 30/01). A sprint was expected in the capital city of the Balearic Islands, and it is indeed how things turned out after the early breakaway of three riders were caught midway through the Coll de Sa Creu (9 km at 3%), which summit was located 35 km from the finish.
The riders of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux remained together as they prepared for the bunch sprint all day long, with both Alexander Kristoff and Biniam Girmay present to participate in the final. However, two crashes under the flamme rouge disturbed the events. Both Kristoff and Girmay finished in the top 20.