Rudi Selig takes sixth in Palma on the final day of the Mallorca Challenge.
Today’s final race in Mallorca was finally one for the sprinters in the peloton. Even a group of four riders did breakaway early, it was never in doubt that today would come down to a sprint royal. Already with 40k to go the break was caught. The final laps in Palma saw some excitement when another trio tried to fool the fast men with a last attempt. They were able to hang on a 20 second lead until the last 5 kilometers. But when the lead-out trains were at full speed, also this break did come to an end soon. BORA – hansgrohe was working for Rudi Selig on the last 15 kilometers. The team found a good position at the head of the bunch, delivering a strong effort to put Rudi behind M. Kittel on the last 1000m. But when Kittel accelerated, several riders tried to catch his wheel which unfortunately blocked Rudi’s way to the line. He took sixth place in the end, while Kittel proved to be the fastest today.
01 M. Kittel 2:45:23
02 T. Dupont +0:00
03 H. Hofstetter +0:00
06 R. Selig +0:00
From the Finish Line
"I still felt good in the end, that’s why I told the boys I want to go for the sprint. My legs were ok, even I couldn’t train optimal the last days. The team delivered me perfectly. I was on the wheel of Kittel, but on the last 200m there was suddenly no way for me to go. Still I am happy with my performance and the result in the end.” – Rudi Selig
"The race developed as expected. It was clear from the beginning that this would be a sprint finish. We wanted to try something on the last climb and maybe drop some of the sprinters. But it was headwind and there was no chance to make any difference. In the end the boys did an excellent job to deliver Rudi in a good position. Unfortunately, he was blocked and couldn’t show his full speed. But these things happen, we still can be happy. A lot of good sprinters were here today, and to go home with a fifth place is nothing to complain about.” – André Schulze, Sport Director