Mallorca Challenge 26th - 30th of january 2022

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Perhaps, but it's difficult to see how much space there was. He clearly moved to the left at the start of the sprint, but I'm not sure he really closed Bala during the final meters.
At the beginning of the images there is a right bend so pretty logical that he moves to the left of the road. Indeed not very clear how much further he moved after that. At first glance it doesn't look out of the ordinary.
 
At the beginning of the images there is a right bend so pretty logical that he moves to the left of the road. Indeed not very clear how much further he moved after that. At first glance it doesn't look out of the ordinary.
Indeed. It was Valverde's responsibility to get the space needed, e.g. either getting on the other side of Wellens or getting ahead of him before the bend.
 
Three races of Mallorca Challenge done: one win for the strongest team of the peloton (UAE), two wins for weaker WT teams (Wanty, Lotto Soudal). UAE‘s win certainly was not a surprise, Wanty and Lotto were surprises.

Good for Wanty and Lotto Soudal: these early wins take away some pressure. These teams already have had seasons when the first win didn‘t arrive before April or May. :)
 
Three races of Mallorca Challenge done: one win for the strongest team of the peloton (UAE), two wins for weaker WT teams (Wanty, Lotto Soudal). UAE‘s win certainly was not a surprise, Wanty and Lotto were surprises.

Good for Wanty and Lotto Soudal: these early wins take away some pressure. These teams already have had seasons when the first win didn‘t arrive before April or May. :)
A Wellens win in Mallorca a surprise?
Also, LTS have won something in january or february (Mallorca, Bessege, UAE and/or Down Under) for the last 12 years...
Getting wins isn't their problem, getting UCI points is.
 
I think the race and not least the finale is way too hard for Ghirmay. He's more of a sprinter than a puncheur I think.
Today two scenarios are imaginable.
1.) A group of 20-40 riders will arrive together at the final climb and the strongest riders in the peleton will battle it out.
2.) An earlier attack with World Tour team riders in it will make it to the end.

Second scenario happenend in 2020 for example with Soler, Mühlberger, Kämna, Villella in the earlier attack, which made it to the end.
 
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