Mallorca Challenge: Biniam Girmay wins Trofeo Alcudia

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Biniam Girmay (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) won the Trofeo Alcudia on Thursday on Spain’s Mallorca island.

The Eritrean out-kicked a star-studded field to win on the second day at the Mallorca Challenge. Ryan Gibbons (UAE Team Emirates) crossed the line second, with Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel-Premier Tech) third.

The 173.2km course looped in and around Port d’Alcudia, with several of the top WorldTour teams opening up their 2022 seasons this week.

Bora-Hansgrohe, Movistar Team, and UAE TeamEmirates controlled the closing 10km to set up the finale.

In what was the second of a series of five one-day races, an early breakaway pulled clear in the hilly course, but the peloton’s heavyweights collaborated to bring things together going into the final 20km.

The victory comes a day after Brandon McNulty won the opening leg Wednesday in a dramatic, 60km solo attack to claim his first win since joining UAE Team Emirates.

Also read: McNulty opens 2022 with a bang

The five-day Mallorca Challenge continues Friday with the 171km Trofeo Pollenca, looping around the northern coast and ending at Port d’Andratx.

2022 Trofeo Alcudia results

    1. Biniam Girmay (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux), 3:50:48

    2. Ryan Gibbons (UAE Team Emirates), at s.t.

    3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel-Premier Tech), at s.t.

    4. Ivan Garcia (Movistar Team), at s.t.

    5. Matis Louvel (Team Arkea-Samsic), at s.t.

    6. Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange-Jayco), at s.t.

    7. Piet Allegaert (Cofidis), at s.t.

    8. Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates), at s.t.

    9. Jesus Ezquerra (Burgos-BH), at s.t.

    10. Lawrence Naesen (AG2R-Citroen Team), at s.t.

ALCUDIA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27: A general view of the Peloton passing through a forest during the 31st Challenge Ciclista Mallorca 2022 - Trofeo Alcudia - Port D' Alcudia a 173,2km race from Port D' Alcudia to Port D' Alcudia / #ChallengeMallorca / on January 27, 2022 in Alcudia, Spain. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
A general view of the Peloton passing through a forest during the 31st Challenge Ciclista Mallorca. (Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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