2.02.2016

Cycling So Far: Mallorca Challenge and Great Ocean Road Race

Embedded image permalinkIn Mallorca André Greipel won twice, Fabian Cancellara once and once Gianluca Brambilla: fast big guys. 
Dries Devenys won the opening road race in France while in Australia Peter Kennaugh and Amanda Spratt conquered the Great Ocean RR. 
Procycling calendar starts every year earlier and it's every year busier. Not a good thing in my opinion unless the UCI doesn't implement its reform about a smaller peloton. With teams including just six or even five riders instead of nine per race each rider would have a normal rest time between one race and the next one. At the moment they are forced to run from Australia to Europe and then to Qatar in one week or less and that's unhealty.
A good thing instead is the proliferation of Women races beside the traditional Men's. That gives more exposure to the female cycling and makes it more actractive for sponsors and investors. That means money and the opportunity to create more female teams and to pay female riders equal prices. That's why I moderate my disapproval about races in Dubai, Doha or Qatar. 

Mallorca Challenge
Trofeo Felanitx - Ses Salines
1 GREIPEL André  Lotto Soudal 4:05:15
2 BENNETT Sam Bora-Argon 18
3 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka

Trofeo Pollenca-Port de Andratx
1  BRAMBILLA Gianluca  Etixx - Quick Step 3:32:23
2  KWIATKOWSKI Michal Team Sky 0:02
3  STYBAR Zdenek Etixx - Quick Step

Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
1  CANCELLARA Fabian  Trek-Segafredo 3:41:48
2  KWIATKOWSKI Michal Team Sky 0:17
3  BENOOT Tiesj Lotto Soudal

Trofeo Playa de Palma
1 GREIPEL André Lotto Soudal 3:50:53
2 BOUHANNI Nacer Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
3 PAGE Dylan Team Roth

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Men
1 KENNAUGH Peter Team Sky 4:04:59
2 HOWARD Leigh IAM Cycling 0:06
3 BONIFAZIO Niccolo Trek-Segafredo
Women
1 SPRATT Amanda Orica - AIS 2:58:45
2 NEYLAN Rachel Orica - AIS 0:49
3 KING Danielle Wiggle High5

Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise 
1 DEVENYNS Dries IAM Cycling 3:31:43
2 PINOT Thibaut FDJ
3 PLANCKAERT Baptiste Wallonie - Bruxelles 0:42


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