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André Greipel wins opening day of Challenge Mallorca

André Greipel wins opening day of Challenge Mallorca

German sprinter André Greipel opens his 2016 account with a sprint victory in the Trofeo Felanitx Andre Greipel wins Stage 21 of the 2015 Tour de France André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) chalked up his first victory of the 2016 season on Thursday, winning the opening day of the Challenge Mallorca, the Trofeo Felanitx.

The German sprint powerhouse out-paced Irishman Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) to take the win on the Spanish island.

Top British finisher was Andy Fenn (Team Sky) in seventh place at the end of the 174-kilometre, UCI 1.1-ranked race.

An earlier three-rider break was reeled in with 25km to go as Greipel’s team led the pace of the peloton. A spirited but ultimately short-lived attack by Xavier Cañellas (Spain) in the final 15km was also quashed.

The four-day Challenge Mallorca offers opportunities for riders to ease into racing as the season winds up pace. Each day is treated as a separate race, but a prize is offered for the rider who finishes highest on aggregate after all four events are completed.

In addition to Lotto-Soudal, Sky and Dimension Data, a host of WorldTour teams have elected to use the event as a warm-up, including Etixx-QuickStep, Cannondale, FDJ, […]

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