Mallorca Challenge sum up

Leigh Howard is obviously the revelation of the race. Not exactly a surprise but still impressive 
“Neil Stephens, Julian Dean, Marc Quod and I looked at the finish this morning in the car,” said Howard after is second victory “We knew it would be a crazy, hectic and potentially dangerous sprint. I’m glad we had the preview. It allowed us to formulate a plan that we stuck to almost to a T. I come out on top because everyone did their jobs. The team has given me a great opportunity here and put a lot of faith in me. It’s nice to repay them.” No doubt we will see this guy again and often during the season.
The second thing I see watching these results is Tyler Farrar's two 2nd places: he's one of the best sprinters in the world but lately he looked a bit less brilliant, a bit less aggresive maybe. No need to tell again Wouter Weyland was his best friend and training mate... many already linked his relatively lower level with that true personal tragedy. Year after year we understand how it really affected the whole cycling word, us included. But healing is possible, class doesn't get wasted and this early 2nd palces by Farrar are a very good sign.
Good sign also by Robert Gesink, he too touched by a personal drama in the last years and still looking for his way back to his level. He was 3th on the hardest stage of Mallorca Challenge and reading about his winter training camp I got the impression he's very motivated. On his twitter you can see how the new team Blanco is for him a stimulating news. Blanco's rider look all eager to show a new era is on and that's very good. Not easy to be abandoned by a hystorical sponsor at the start of the season but that is the best way to respond. 
Finally a word for Davide Cimolai: good to see him on the podium. I expect more.  The last day of race has been canceled dued to the snow and today riders enjoy an off day drinking something hot in a warm caffé in Palma. Race over, sum up. Did I forget anybody? Ah yes, I did. But on purpose. Fuentes' clients are NOT on my list. BTW: Cipo included. But really, that was a life ago. In that life doping was normal: face it. And MOVE ON!

1 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 4:15:29
2 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
3 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
1 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2:39:07
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
3 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycliung
1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 4:04:57
2 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling
3 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
1 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica Greenedge 3:56:24
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
3 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team

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