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Challenge Ciclista a Mallorca, Spain, 1.1

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February 7-11 2010

February 7, Stage 1 - Trofeo Palma de Mallorca: 116km

McEwen returns to winners' circle in Mallorca

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Robbie McEwen (Katusha) gets back to his winning ways on the first stage of Challenge Mallorca

Robbie McEwen (Katusha) gets back to his winning ways on the first stage of Challenge Mallorca

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Australian Robbie McEwen (Katusha) today claimed his first win in almost eight months with victory in the Trophy Palma, the opening stage of the 2010 Challenge Mallorca.

McEwen commenced his sprint with 300 metres to go and rode to an impressive win over Koldo Fernandez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Oscar Freire (Rabobank).

It was an especially pleasing result for McEwen, who has faced a long road back from a serious knee injury suffered in last year's Tour of Belgium. "I'm really happy for this victory. It's my second career after the injury I had last season and that kept me from racing for 7 months and is a very important victory for me," he said afterwards.

"For me, the most important thing is that I have no discomfort in my leg, I feel fine and I can compete again with the best "

"The sprint was difficult, because I had to control a lot of riders and there were a lot of strong teams there. Skil-Shimano has prepared the sprint for the final kilometre and I jumped at 300 meters when I saw Freire go."

Sprinters reign supreme in Spain

Clear conditions had met the peloton for the opening stage of the 2010 Challenge Mallorca. The early stages of the race were marked by Andalucía-CajaSur's attempts to break free of the main bunch, with Xabier Zabala (Orbea), Toni Tauler (Spanish National Team) and Aleksejs Saramotins (HTC-Columbia) all making their own bids for individual glory.

However, none of the attacks were given any lee-way and none were able to stretch their advantage beyond 30 seconds. In the end, it was the teams of the sprinters who took control of the peloton for the finally.

Clearly in form after his debut at the Tour Down Under last month, it was McEwen who proved the fastest in the sprint in the city of Palma.

1 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha 2:21:16  
2 Koldo Fernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
3 Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank    
4 André Schulze (Ger) PSK Whirlpool-Author    
5 Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto    
6 José Fco Pacheco (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
7 Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Milram    
8 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
9 José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
10 Robert Förster (Ger) Milram    
11 Michele Merlo (Ita) Footon-Servetto    
12 Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Orbea    
13 Eric Baumann (Ger) Team NetApp    
14 André Greipel (Ger) HTC-Columbia    
15 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
16 Remco Tebrake (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof    
17 Arnoud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
18 Unai Elorriaga (Spa) Spanish National Team    
19 Kevyn Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
20 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step    
21 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
22 Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur    
23 Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
24 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
25 Anders Lund (Den) Saxo Bank    
26 Jesper Asselman (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof    
27 Antonio Miguel Parra (Spa) Spanish National Team    
28 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Milram    
29 Yoeri Havik (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof    
30 Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos Monumental    
31 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Milram    
32 Jonas Jorgensen (Den) Saxo Bank    
33 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha    
34 Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
35 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha    
36 Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Spanish National Team    
37 Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos Monumental    
38 Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
39 Marc Reynes (Spa) PSK Whirlpool-Author    
40 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram    
41 Markus Fothen (Ger) Milram    
42 Adam Blyth (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
43 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quick Step    
44 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha    
45 Beñat Urain (Spa) Orbea    
46 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step    
47 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step    
48 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step    
49 Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
50 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank    
51 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step    
52 Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos Monumental    
53 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur    
54 Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha    
55 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
56 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram    
57 Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof    
58 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
59 Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Saxo Bank    
60 Job Vissers (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
61 Frantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author    
62 Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur    
63 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
64 José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
65 Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Columbia    
66 Jon Izagirre (Spa) Orbea    
67 Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea    
68 Raúl Santamarta (Spa) Burgos Monumental    
69 Tejai Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Columbia    
70 Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author    
71 Gregory Obando (CRc) Burgos Monumental    
72 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
73 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
74 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha    
75 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step    
76 Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne    
77 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
78 Petr Kaltofen (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author    
79 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp    
80 Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur    
81 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
82 Pascual Orengo López (Spa) Burgos Monumental    
83 Rodrigo García (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
84 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
85 Carlos Castaño (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
86 Vladimir Isaychev (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
87 David Deroo (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
88 Laurent Didier (Lux) Saxo Bank    
89 Rune Van Der Meijden (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof    
90 Vidal Celis (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
91 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
92 Iván Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
93 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
94 André Steensen (Den) Saxo Bank    
95 Jens Voigt (Ger) Saxo Bank    
96 Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea    
97 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:07  
98 Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil-Shimano    
99 Bas Krauwel (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof    
100 Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos Monumental    
101 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
102 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
103 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne    
104 Gustavo Rodríguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
105 Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
106 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank    
107 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank    
108 Juan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur    
109 Paul Voss (Ger) Milram    
110 Josae Luis Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur    
111 Petr Bencik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author    
112 Bob Schoonbroodt (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof    
113 Rasmus Guldhammer (Aus) HTC-Columbia    
114 Tomas Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author    
115 Frederik Wilmann NO Skil-Shimano 0:00:11  
116 Fco David Delgado (Spa) Burgos Monumental    
117 Martin Hebik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author    
118 David Muntaner (Spa) Spanish National Team    
119 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank    
120 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur    
121 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank    
122 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur    
123 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp    
124 Delio Fernández (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
125 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
126 Vojtech Dlouhy (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author    
127 Tom Stansnisder (Ned) Rabobank    
128 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
129 Nico Keinath (Ger) Team NetApp    
130 Eloy Teruel (Spa) Spanish National Team    
131 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step    
132 Glenn D'hollander (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
133 Ibán Leanizbarrutia (Spa) Spanish National Team    
134 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha    
135 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha    
136 Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
137 Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Columbia    
138 Andrés Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
139 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team NetApp    
140 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
141 Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
142 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
143 Tomas Buchacek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author    
144 José Carlos Lara (Spa) Burgos Monumental    
145 Andri Kunitski (Blr) Quick Step    
146 Duyn Huub (Ned) Team NetApp    
147 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
148 Torrent Tarres (Spa) Spanish National Team    
149 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil-Shimano    
150 Alan Pérez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
151 Aritz Etxebarria (Spa) Orbea    
152 Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto    
153 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) HTC-Columbia    
154 Jose De Segovia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
155 Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Columbia 0:00:19  
156 Andrés A Antuña (Spa) Burgos Monumental    
157 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step    
158 Albert Torres (Spa) Spanish National Team    
159 Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp    
160 Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur    
161 Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank    
162 Tom Stubbe (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
163 Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof    
164 Markus Eichler (Ger) Milram    
165 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank    
166 Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea    
167 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank    
168 Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
169 Dimitri Clayes (Bel) Team NetApp    
170 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Saxo Bank    
171 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank    
172 Franck Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank    
173 Alberto Benítez Román (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
174 Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto    
175 Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
176 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Spanish National Team    
177 Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur    
178 Bastien Delrot (Fra) Team NetApp    
179 Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram    
180 Jin Long (Chn) Skil-Shimano    
181 David Gutiérrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
182 Joaquín Rodríguez (Spa) Team Katusha    
183 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
184 Juan José Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
185 Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Spanish National Team    
186 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto    
187 David Vitoria (Swi) Footon-Servetto    
188 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
189 Jack Vermeulen (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof    
190 Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-Columbia    
191 Aitor Pérez (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
192 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) HTC-Columbia 0:01:36  
193 Vicente Reynes (Spa) HTC-Columbia 0:01:44  
194 Noel Martin (Spa) Orbea 0:04:27  
1 Caisse d'Epargne 7:03:48  
2 Milram    
3 Euskaltel-Euskadi    
4 Katusha    
5 Van Vliet Elshof    
Combination Competition
1 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha 10 pts
2 Koldo Fernández (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 8  
3 Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 7  
1 André Steensen (Den) Saxo Bank 6 pts
2 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur 3  
3 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 3  
1 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank 4 pts
2 Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea 3  
3 Noel Martin (Spa) Orbea 2  
Sprints Special
1 José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse D'epargne 3 pts
2 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp 3  
3 Bas Krauwel (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof 3  
Local Rider
1 Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos Monumental - Castilla