VALVERDE OUTSPRINTS MCNULTY – MALLORCA CHALLENGE TROFEO POLLENCA RESULTS

Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde sprinted to a powerful finish to win the Pollenca Trophy, the fourth of five one-day races in the Mallorca Challenge series. Valverde, the 2018 world champion, led a long sprint to seal victory on top of difficult final Andratx climb, over 1.5 miles long with an 8.6 percent gradient. The former Vuelta a Espana winner, who has announced he will retire at the and of the season, gained his 132nd victory in a career spanning two decades. Movistar rider Valverde’s last win was a stage in the Tour of Sicily last September.

Valverde finished just ahead of American Brandon McNulty, winner of the opening race on Wednesday. Britain’s Matthew Holmes launched an attack in the final 6 miles of the 105-miles race but was caught on the foot of the final climb.

 

MALLORCA CHALLENGE RESULTS

1. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/Movistar) 4:14:50

2. Brandon McNulty (USA/UAE) s.t.

3. Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS/BOR) at 03sec

4. Michael Matthews (AUS/BIK) 06.

RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

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