Trofeo Mallorca Challenge 2009
Spain’s first major race of 2009 will see an enormous field of riders contest the five-day event. The UCI Europe Tour continues with the 2009 Volta Ciclista a Mallorca Challenge from February 8-12. The 18th edition of this event includes five separate races: Trofeo Mallorca, Trofeo Cala Millor – Cala Bona, Trofeo Pollensa – Puerto de Alcudia, Trofeo Inca and Trofeo Calvia. The 19 teams, from 10 nations, will divide their roster differently among each race, based on their strengths and season objectives. Last year’s champion, Philippe Gilbert, is not returning to defend his title.
The teams include: 9 ProTeams – Katusha, Caisse d’Epargne, Euskaltel Euskadi, Cofidis, Quick Step, Team Milram, Liquigas, Rabobank, Team Columbia – High Road; and 10 Professional Continental and Continental teams – Andalucía Caja Sur, Xacobeo Galicia, Plowman Craven – Madison, Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse, Burgos Monumental, Kuota Indeland, ELK Haus, Orbea, Van Vliet and Contentpolis – Ampo.
The riders who will represent Team Katusha during this cycling event are:
Alexander Botcharov, Sergey Ivanov, Vladimir Karpets, Sergey Klimov, Nikolay Trusov, Antonio Colom, Juan Horrach Ripoll, Robbie McEwen, Christian Pfannberger, Kenny Dehaes, Gert Steegmans, and Stijn Vandenbergh