STRADALLI – BIKE AID LEARNS GREAT LESSON AT CHALLENGE MALLORCA
Sometimes you are the hammer. Sometimes you are the nail. Today in the third stage of the Challenge Mallorca, Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, the Stradalli – Bike Aid team learned a lot of...

STRADALLI – BIKE AID LEARNS GREAT LESSON AT CHALLENGE MALLORCA 

Sometimes you are the hammer. Sometimes you are the nail. Today in the third stage of the Challenge Mallorca, Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, the Stradalli – Bike Aid team learned a lot of lesson while experiencing what truly separately a continental team from a multi-million dollar World Tour Team.

The race organizer packed over 9000 feet of climbing into a 149.9 kilometer (88.5 mile) stage. At first glance you would think that would make the racers take it easy during the race start. The world tour teams did exactly the opposite. Every one of our riders had a max wattage over 700 watts in only the first 6 kilometers of racing. 

The stage started with a 4.5 ascent of the Col de Soller which had sections so steep the team cars barely made it up the mountain in second gear. It was an incredibly hard day filled with positive racing. Stradalli – Bike Aid rider Daniel Bichlmann put the mountain out of his mind and started the first breakaway of the day with one Russian rider for 6 kilometers, but the fact is we are the little guys in the race surrounded by seasoned world tour teams who were in control of the race.

Tom Steinbacher, title sponsor owner for Stradalli – Bike Aid, said he couldn’t have asked for more out of the team. They gave it everything they had.

“When the team cars can barely make it up a mountain, I have a hard time telling my racers to pedal harder up a mountain. It is miserable following the best guys in the world uphill like that, but my racers still came back to me with smiles after the race.” Steinbacher said.

Steinbacher said the experience in Mallorca has changed the racers for the better. Despite the tough racing the racers are super happy with their performance.

“We still have a lot to learn. We are a young team, but the guys show they are up to the task. They give it their best and that is what I want to see most out of them. They have the heart for professional racing and they are super grateful for not only the sponsors, but for the opportunities to race with world tour teams like Team Sky, Lotto Soudal, Ettix – Quick Step and Team Dimension Data.” Steinbacher said.

Steinbacher said the racers are coming back with improvements after every race.

“I am super grateful to have these world tour teams showing and teaching our guys how to race at the highest level. Not everyone has that opportunity and the Stradalli – Bike Aid team has been making the most of it. Daniel Bichlmann has been riding breakaway nonstop and Timo Schafer has been right there with them. We are a new team and it is inspiring to see that effort from them.” Steinbacher said.

The third stage of the Mallorca Challenge was won by Fabian Cancellara of Trek – Segafredo who went on a solo attack 10 kilometers from the finish. An impressive second place finish was taken by former world road race champion Michal Kwiatkowski. The top 28 finishers of the race were all from world tour teams and over half of the 103 finishers of the stage finished over 5 minutes down on winner Fabian Cancellara.