Hersh in the top ten at Mallorca challenge with Pippo Fortin
An excellent performance of GM Europa Ovini on Spanish roads. The first race that took place in Europe in the 2016 season saw a great Filippo Fortin, who didn’t fear the World Tour teams at the start of the race. At the stage of 176 km of the Trophy Felanitx – Ses Salines – Campos – Porreres, the Venetian rider was following Andre Greipel’s wheel, the man of the Lotto-Soudal winner: in the final sprint Fortin gets a great eighth place. Ahead of him were placed only runners of World Tour team.
Along with the great ranking of Fortin there is Federico Burchio’s 13th position, 19 year-old at the debut in a professional race. Beyond these two oustanding results we got the first place in the team standings in front of IAM Cycling and Caja Rural.
“The victory in the team classification makes us understand that we are on the right way – says the sports director Dario Andriotto – although we still have a lot of work to do. Filippo can match with the best teams in the world, we hope to maintain such a high performance level in the next stages and in the Vuelta Valenciana too”.
Tomorrow, 30th january, the second stage of the Challenge Mallorca, 162 km from Pollenca to Port de Andratx.
Stage Standing (Trophy Felanitx – Ses Salines – Campos – Porreres, 176 km):
1 – Andrè Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
2 – Sam Bennett (Bora Argon 18)
3 – Edwald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)
8 – Filippo Fortin (GM Europa Ovini)
13 – Federico Burchio (GM Europa Ovini)
Team Standing (Trophy Felanitx – Ses Salines – Campos – Porreres, 176 km):
1º GM EUROPA OVINI HERSH
2° IAM CYCLING
3º CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA
4º DIMENSION DATA
5º SEL. ESPAÑOLA (Pista)
6º SEL. GREAT BRITAIN
7º COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDIT
8º CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TE
10º LOTTO SOUDAL
11º TEAM SKY
13º ETIXX – QUICK STEP
14° TEAM ROTH
15º BURGOS BH
16º EUSKADI BASQUE COUNTRY –
18º TREK FACTORY RACING
19º BORA-ARGON 18
20º STRADALLI – BIKE AID
21º MOVISTAR TEAM