Strong second place for Erik Baska at the Trofeo Palma.
The last day of the Mallorca Challenge ended with another podium result for BORA – hansgrohe. After today´s breakaway was caught, the sprinter teams started their lead-out. BORA – hansgrohe worked very well together and brought Erik Baska in a good position. The young Slovakian sprinter showed again a great performance and finished second, some seconds behind of J. Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo).
The last day of the Mallorca Challenge was another stage for the sprinters, a flat route with two final circuits in front of Palma´s port. 160km awaited the peloton at today´s Trofeo Palma. One categorized climb (3rd category) and two intermediate sprints as well as two special sprint prizes were on the menu.
The Team Tactics
The team wanted to go for their sprinters Michael Schwarzmann and Erik Baska. The goal was to concentrate on the final lead-out, especially to hit the front early enough to secure a good position on the last lap for one of the two sprinters.
Right after the start, a group of 6 riders went up the road as the break of the day, their gap increased to over 5 minutes. After 100km of racing the peloton took over control and 40km before the finish, the breakaway was caught. On the final laps, the sprinter teams started to form their lead-out trains. Trek -Segafredo wanted to win another stage at the Mallorca Challenge, therefore they increased the pace on the last lap. BORA – hansgrohe was able to go with them and stayed on their wheels. J. Degenkolb sprinted to his second win at the Mallorca Challenge, just some seconds ahead of the young BORA – hansgrohe sprinter Erik Baska.
01 J. Degenkolb 3:47:29
02 E. Baska + 0:00
03 C. Vermeltfoort + 0:00
29 L. Pöstlberger +0:04
From the Finish Line
“Erik showed once again that he is in good shape. The team worked together, brought him in a good position for the final sprint. You can see, the team is on a good level in that early part of the season. We are satisfied with our performance here in Mallorca.” André Schulze, sports director