The 2016 Challenge Mallorca finished with the 161.5 kilometer Trofeo Playa de Palma – Palma
Monday, January 2, 2017 12:58:53 PM America/New_York
The 2016 Challenge Mallorca finished with the 161.5 kilometer Trofeo Playa de Palma – Palma. This was the last day of four incredibly hard days of racing in Mallorca. Andre Greipel of Lotto Soudal again found his way to the top step of the podium in a fast sprint finish.
For Stradalli – Bike Aid, the four days of racing was about much more than just results. The racers started 2016 at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo and brought home great results in the country where the team is making a difference. They then brought a full team including two African athletes to Mallorca. Podium finishes were out of reach, but Stradalli – Bike Aid proved they could compete with the top level teams.
There is a large difference between Continental Professionals and World Tour Professionals. Stradalli – Bike Aid riders often found themselves under pressure from the toughest guys in World Tour racing. When Fabian Cancellara attacks, it is serious. When Team Sky takes the front and ups the speed on the ascent of a mountain, everyone hurts.
For the growth of Stradalli – Bike Aid, riding with and learning from teams such as Movistar and Trek – Segafredo is necessary. Daniel Bichlmann and Timo Schafer found themselves in breakaways many times which nearly survived to the finish. Every day the team suffered, but every single rider gave it their best during every day of racing.
The Challenge Mallorca was hugely success for the new Continental Professional team. The Stradalli Aversa performed under the toughest conditions and the riders are already looking forward to their next batch of UCI racing.