Strong Emanuel Buchmann takes second podium at Mallorca Challenge.
Today’s third race of the Mallorca Challenge, the Trofeo de Tramuntana, saw an unbelievable fast and aggressive start. Attacks were flying all over the place and several groups were on the move. But the main bunch didn’t allow them to go far. When counter attack followed counter attack also BORA – hansgrohe was active at the front, trying to put yesterday’s winner Emanuel Buchmann in comfortable position. After all this action, the main bunch was back together at the beginning of the climb up to the Puig Major, were the race erupted again. A reduced group of just 20 riders, including Buchmann, Majka and Konrad for BORA – hansgrohe, rode at the front when World Champion A. Valverde tried to distance himself from the rest. But Buchmann was the one to counter his attack. Again, the young German tried to go for a solo, leading the group of favorites by 30 seconds at the top of the Puig Major. With about 20k to go, a trio tried to catch up with Emu, who still was leading by 25 seconds, and finally T. Wellens bridged across. The new leading duo worked hard to maintain their lead, while Valverde attacked from the chasing group. With 5k to go Wellens was able to drop Buchmann. The Belgian repeated his win from last year, with Emanuel Buchmann taking second place today after another impressive ride.
01 T. Wellens 4:50:40
02 E. Buchmann +0:14
03 A. Valverde +1:12
11 P. Konrad +1:58
12 R. Majka +1:58
From the Finish Line
"The race was really fast the whole day. Our plan was to wait until the Puig and save as much energy as possible before. But there were so many attacks, it was crazy. My team mates did an incredible job to control these situations and at the foot of the Puig all was back together. It was extremely cold on the climb. I didn’t feel really good, but decided to give it a try. I also wanted to avoid any risk in the downhill, it was an advantage to be in front by then. When Wellens bridged the gap, I knew it would be difficult to take a second win. But I am super happy with my performance. My shape is really good, and I gained lots of confidence during the last two days.” – Emanuel Buchmann
"It was brutal today. Just around zero degrees and some snow at the top of the Puig Major. At the beginning there were plenty of moves and sometimes were a little on the backfoot. But the boys did an amazing job to control the race for our climbers. When the pace went up on the Puig, we had Emu, Rafa and Patrick in the front group. Emu attacked before the top. Unfortunately, Rafa and Patrick struggled with the temperatures and both lost some ground in the downhill. At the front it was really close for Wellens to catch up with Emu. Ten seconds more and he would have done it again. To be beaten in the end by Wellens is no shame. It was another impressive performance from Emu. But I have to say that the whole team made a strong impression. Cheapeu.” – Jens Zemke, Sport Director