Mallorca Challenge 2009: Colom first in overall
Spaniard Antonio Colom of Team Katusha kept the lead to win the final general classification. It was Colom’s second overall victory at the Challenge Mallorca, having one once previously in 2004. Jérôme Pineau (Quick Step), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia-Highroad) and Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step), respectively, finished at 35 seconds behind Colom in general classification.
Gerald Ciolek of Team Milram won the Trofeo Calvia on the final day of the Challenge Mallorca. The German, 22, out-sprinted Team Columbia-Highroad duo Edvald Boasson Hagen and Marcel Sieberg after 147.6 kilometres of racing. It was the team’s first win of 2009.
Trofeo Calvia, from Magaluf to Palmanova, was marked by a five-man escape. The riders moved free of the main group at kilometre 18: Mathew Hayman (Rabobank), Kanstantsin Siutsou (Columbia-Highroad), Juan José Oroz (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Jesús Rosendo (Andalucía-Cajasur) and Bram Schmitz (Van Vliet EBH Elshof).
The escape gained an advantage of 5:50 at kilometre 64. Schmitz fell off of the pace by kilometre 103, prior to the fourth of five categorised climbs of the day.
Team Katusha helped pull the race back together after the final climb of the day, Coll des Tords at 134km. The escapees’ day was over by kilometre 142.