Mallorca Challenge 2012

Movistar announces starters for the Trofeo Palma 2012 which will be held Sunday January 5, 2012.  The 116km ride will feature Valverde, Rojas and Visconti to take the capitol city of Mallorca coast roads. Last year the telephone team finished well placing 2 riders in the top 10 and Jose Rojas out sprinted 3 other riders to win the uphill Tour Deià. Movistar has participated in these races since being named Reynolds since 1980 and has won the overall event 4 times. Since 2009 the Tour Mallorca stopped the overall winner category.

Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana February 8 – Sóller – Monasterio de Lluch, 160.2km. Cancelled due to snow and no alternative route.

Riu close to 3rd straight Deià team victory

Trofeo Deià Tuesday, February 7         Deià – Deià, 151km.

Rui Coata crossed the finish line ahead of Sergio Henao to finish in second on the climb to Delà. Lars-Petter Nordaug took the stage by breaking away from 8-man escape route that included Jose Herrada and grabbed a minute lead into the Col de Soiler to take the stage win. Gutierrez, Valverde and Rojas finished the stage within a minute and the team finished in third place in the Mallorca day race. Movistar has won the last 2 Trofeo Deià with Costa wining in 2010 for Cassie D’ Eparnge and last years JJ Rojas stage victory.

The team we had brought here was rather strong,” explained Costa after the race, with Rojas, who had won here last year, and Valverde, so we had many chances to win. We tried to race in a different way, but I couldn’t reward the team with the victory and I feel sorry about that. The two RadioShacks and the two Sky riders were attacking all the way and I always had to go past them, it was the four against me. There was a point where I had to let someone go. Nordhaug did a nice attack, went apart and at the end i could get second, which is a really important result for me at this point of the season. I worked hard this winter, today was a test for me to check how everything was going, and I’m happy with it. My next goal will be the Volta ao Algarve: I will fight my way into the top to see if I can make it into the best ten.

1st Nordhaug (SKY) 3.55.27
2nd Rui Costa 0.26
13th Alejandro Valverde 0.57
15th Iván Gutiérrez m.t.
16th José Joaquín Rojas m.t.
26th Giovanni Visconti 1.14
42nd José Herrada 2.01
82nd Branislau Samoilau 8.39
83rd Sergio Pardilla m.t.
91st Beñat Intxausti 11.56

Rojas finishes in 9th

Trofeo Migjorn Monday, February 6   Llucmajor – Llucmajor, 171.7km.

Madrazo concludes Trofeo Migjorn with small bruises after the last of two crashes into the final 5k, with Fenn (OPQ) confirming domination in Mallorca as Rojas places in 9th

The second of four events into the 2012 Challenge de Mallorca left a bit of fright for Movistar Team into the 171k Trofeo Migjorn, starting and finishing at Llucmajor. The telephone squad got involved into the two incidents during the finale, after a really fast race seeing Scot Andrew Fenn (OPQ) taking back-to-back victories in the Balearic island.

Ángel Madrazo was the worst affected, with a crash 2k from the finish causing him small bruises in his right side and ankle, fortunately with no major consequences. In turn, Javi Moreno and Nairo Quintana -who debuted today in Blue outfit- were dropped after a jam due to another crash a couple of kilometers before.

Spaniard José Joaquín Rojas, 9th at today’s bunch kick, will defend tomorrow with the rest of his Movistar Team team-mates the 2011 win at the Trofeo Deià, over 151 kilometers and up to six categorized climbs. José Luis Arrieta’s lineup will be completed by 2010 victor Rui CostaAlejandro ValverdeGiovanni ViscontiSergio PardillaBeñat IntxaustiIván GutiérrezJosé Herrada and Branislau Samoilau

1st Fenn (OPQ) 3.52.51
9th José Joaquín Rojas m.t.
41st Ignatas Konovalovas m.t.
81st Branislau Samoilau m.t.
86th Imanol Erviti m.t.
98th Rui Costa m.t.
128th Jesús Herrada 0.37
139th Javi Moreno m.t.
161st Nairo Quintana 4.37
162nd Ángel Madrazo m.t.

Movistar Team selection: Rui Costa, Imanol Erviti, Jesús Herrada, Ignatas Konovalovas, Ángel Madrazo, Javi Moreno, Nairo Quintana, José Joaquín Rojas, Branislau Samoilau.

Madrazo Podiums in Palma

Trofeo Palma 2012 Feb 6, 116 km

The Spanish rider from Movistar Team gets three times onto the podium of the first event in the Challenge de Mallorca; Rojas takes 11th at bunch kick won by Fenn (OPQ)

Movistar Team had a good outing during the freezing Trofeo Palma, opening race of the 2012 Challenge de Mallorca over 116 kilometers and ten laps in the traditional urban circuit in the Balearic capital’s coastal boulevard.

Young Spaniard Ángel Madrazo made the most significant move of the day in the opening phase: initially a 13-rider group, the escape would increase to twenty riders -with two Blues as Iván Gutiérrez also joined for two laps-, what would allow the Cantabrian go first through both Primes of the day and also the second Rush, what took him three times into the day’s podium as winner of the Combination ranking.

The final sprint saw Scot Andrew Fenn (OPQ) winning as José Joaquín Rojas came just behind the top-ten in the first of two predictable bunch finishes for the Murcian.

  • 1st    Fenn   (OPQ)   2.23.53
  • 11th    José Joaquín Rojas   m.t.
  • 24th    Iván Gutiérrez   m.t.
  • 31st    Ángel Madrazo   m.t.
  • 52nd    David López   m.t.
  • 76th    Alejandro Valverde   0.08
  • 77th    Ignatas Konovalovas   m.t.
  • 79th    Pablo Lastras   m.t.
  • 149th    Jesús Herrada   0.15
  • 160th    Giovanni Visconti   0.39

Movistar tour Mallorca 2012

Challenge Ciclista a Mallorca Movistar past winners

2007   Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
2005   Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears
2004   Antonio Colom (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto
1994   David García (Spa) Banesto


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