Result: Lars-Petter Nordhaug for Team Sky in Trofeo Deià

On the third day of the Challenge Mallorca as the race hit the mountains, Lars-Petter Nordhaug for Team Sky makes it a double for his team in the Trofeo Deià

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It was Nordhaug’s first win in Sky colours. The foundations for the win were laid on the final climb, when the Norwegian attacked from what was left of a small selection at the front of the race.  It had been a tough day with no less than six second category climbs and there was no keeping the peloton together as breaks came and went in the race early on including one by Tour of Britain winner Lars Boom. Neo pro Luke Rowe of Wales managed to get into one of the moves, winning two mid race sprints at Binnisalem and Selva.

Into the second half of the stage though, the riders had to tackle well known Majorcan climbs such as Puig Major, the Coll de Soler and the Valldemossa and it was here the selection was made with Team Sky getting two in the move and a 1-3 result making it a very good day for the team on top of Cavendish’s win.

Nordhaug said afterwards: “I’ve been waiting for a victory for the team for a long time. I’ve been feeling strong in a lot of races but I’ve been training hard this winter. Bobby Julich took over as my personal coach in November and he has been doing a great job. I have a lot of self-confidence at the moment. And I felt great today.

“The riders around me were strong but I had super legs myself. I didn’t see any reason why I was not able to win. I was making the race for myself today. I was the first to attack on the Coll de Soller and then again on the second to last climb. On the last little climb when I saw those guys were standing still I just went as hard as I could to the finish.”

Team Sky’s director sportif Marcus Ljungqvist said on the Team Sky website afterwards “It kicked off from the gun with a five kilometre climb so it was full-on racing from the start. We had Alex and Luke looking at the early breaks and they did really good. Luke got into the break and took the sprints so he got onto the podium too.

“On the second to last climb, Lars-Petter attacked together with Henao and they went away in a group (of six). Tomorrow should be a similar hard day again with a more hectic finish possibly. They are going up Puig Major from the long side which will split the peloton up for sure.”

Neo pro Luke Rowe meanwhile said on Twitter … “three firsts today for me since I’ve been a pro. 1st time in a break, 1st time I won something (intermediate sprints)  & first time in a grupetto!”


1.   Nordhaug, Lars Peter Nor Sky Pro Cycling 3:55:27
2.   Costa, Rui Por Movistar @  26
3.   Henao, Luis Col Sky Pro Cycling @  28
4.   Fulsang, Jakob Den Radioshack-Nissan @  35
5.   Machado, Tiago Por Radioshack-Nissan @  45
6.   Puccio, Salvatore Ita Sky Pro Cycling @  57
7.   Florencio, Xavier Esp Katusha Team @  57
8.   Galland, Jeremie Fra Saur-Sojasun @  57
9.   Van Avermaet, Greg Bel Bmc Racing Team @  57
10.   Ciolek, Gerald Ger Omega Pharma-Quick S @  57
11.   Monfort, Maxime Bel Radioshack-Nissan @  57
12.   Simon, Julien Fra Saur-Sojasun @  57
13.   Valverde, Alejandro Esp Movistar A 57
14.   Moreno, Daniel Esp Katusha Team @ 57
15.   Gutierrez, Jose Ivan Esp Movistar @ 57
16.   Rojas, Jose Joaquin Esp Movistar @ 57
17.   Petrov, Danail Bul Caja Rural @ 01:02
18.   Van Den Broeck, Jurgen Bel Lotto-Belisol @ 01:02
19.   Izaguirre, Ion Esp Euskaltel-Euskadi @ 01:06
20.   De La Fuente, David Esp Caja Rural @ 01:06
21.   Cummings, Stephen Gbr Bmc Racing Team @ 01:06
22.   Bravo, Garikoitz Esp Caja Rural @ 01:06
23.   Horrach, Juan Esp Katusha Team @ 01:09
24.   Baugnies, Jerome Bel Team Netapp @ 01:12
25.   Zandio, Xabier Esp Sky Pro Cycling @ 01:12
26.   Visconti, Giovanni Ita Movistar @ 01:14
27.   Damien, Gaudin Fra Team Europcar @ 01:14
28.   Cardoso, Andre Por Caja Rural @ 01:14
29.   De Clercq, Bart Bel Lotto-Belisol @ 01:14
30.   Lövkvist, Thomas Swe Sky Pro Cycling @ 01:14
31.   Sivtsov, Kastantsin Blr Sky Pro Cycling @ 01:14
32.   Zubeldia, Haimar Esp Radioshack-Nissan @ 01:14
33.   Pires, Bruno Por Team Saxo Bank @ 01:14
34.   Paulinho, Sergio Por Team Saxo Bank @ 01:14
35.   Schleck, Frank Lux Radioshack-Nissan @ 01:21
36.   Kruijswijk, Steven Ned Rabobank @ 01:21
37.   Astarloza, Mikel Esp Euskaltel-Euskadi @ 01:24
38.   Reynes, Vicente Esp Lotto-Belisol @ 01:29
39.   Moinard, Amael Fra Bmc Racing Team @ 01:33
40.   Devenyns, Dries Bel Omega Pharma-Quick S @ 01:49
41.   Van Garderen, Tejay Usa Bmc Racing Team @ 01:51
42.   Herrada, Jose Esp Movistar @ 02:01
43.   Ten Dam, Laurens Ned Rabobank @ 02:04
44.   Voss, Paul Ger Endura Racing @ 02:39
45.   Garate, Juan M. Esp Rabobank @ 02:39
46.   Belda, David Esp Burgos-Bh-Castilla Y @ 02:39
47.   Broco, Hernani Por Caja Rural @ 02:39
48.   De Greef, Francis Bel Lotto-Belisol @ 02:45
49.   Cataldo, Dario Ita Omega Pharma-Quick S
50.   Izaguirre, Gorka Esp Euskaltel-Euskadi
51.   Velits, Peter Svk Omega Pharma-Quick S
52.   Van Leijen, Joost Ned Lotto-Belisol @ 02:48
53.   Vicioso, Angel Esp Katusha Team @ 02:57
54.   Losada, Alberto Esp Katusha Team
55.   Martins, Tony Ger Omega Pharma-Quick S
56.   Toribio, Jose Vte. Esp Andalucia @ 03:38
57.   Bulgac, Brian Ned Lotto-Belisol
58.   Dowsett, Alex Gbr Sky Pro Cycling
59.   Slagter, Tom Jelte Ned Rabobank
60.   Vermeer, Tom Ned Nutrixxion-Abus
61.   Seubert, Timon Ger Team Netapp
62.   Niermann, Grischa Ger Rabobank
63.   Dockx, Gert Bel Lotto-Belisol
64.   De La Cruz, David Esp Caja Rural
65.   Santambrogio, Mauro Ita Bmc Racing Team
66.   Lechuga, Pablo Esp Andalucia @ 05:18
67.   Bernaudeau, Giovanni Fra Team Europcar @ 05:41
68.   Bagues, Aritz Esp Orbea Continental
69.   Busche, Matthew Usa Radioshack-Nissan @ 08:18
70.   Schillinger, Andreas Ger Team Netapp @ 08:23
71.   Vanendert, Jelle Bel Lotto-Belisol @ 08:39
72.   Van De Walle, Jurgen Bel Lotto-Belisol
73.   Verona, Carlos Esp Burgos-Bh-Castilla Y
74.   Spilak, Simon Slo Katusha Team
75.   Ignatenko, ºpetr Rus Katusha Team
76.   Tankink, Bram Ned Rabobank
77.   Nuyens, Nick Bel Team Saxo Bank
78.   Verdugo, Gorka Esp Euskaltel-Euskadi
79.   Rowsell, Erick Gbr Endura Racing
80.   Menchov, Denis Rus Katusha Team
81.   Garcia, Egoitz Esp Cofidis Le Credit En
82.   Samolau, Branislau Blr Movistar
83.   Pardilla, Sergio Esp Movistar
84.   Breschel, Matti Den Rabobank
85.   Lund, Anders Den Team Saxo Bank
86.   Tschopp, Johann Sui Bmc Racing Team
87.   Marino, Jean Marc Fra Saur-Sojasun
88.   Eichler, Markus Ger Team Netapp @ 08:47
89.   König, Leopold Cze Team Netapp @ 10:23
90.   Gerdemann, Linus Ger Radioshack-Nissan @ 11:20
91.   Intxausti, Beñat Esp Movistar @ 11:56
92.   Margaliot, Ran Isr Team Saxo Bank @ 12:27
93.   Romero, Igor Esp Caja Rural @ 13:19
94.   King, Benjamin Usa Radioshack-Nissan
95.   Mate, Luis Angel Esp Cofidis Le Credit En
96.   Bilbao, Pello Esp Euskaltel-Euskadi
97.   Levarvet, Guillaume Fra Saur-Sojasun
98.   Sanchez, Julian Esp Caja Rural @ 15:29
99.   Burghardt, Marcus Ger Bmc Racing Team @ 15:55
100.  Cammaerts, Edwig Bel Cofidis Le Credit En
101.  Pinotti, Marco Ita Bmc Racing Team
102.  Velits, Martin Svk Omega Pharma-Quick S
103.  Chacon, Javier Esp Andalucia
104.  Rowe, Luke Gbr Sky Pro Cycling
105.  Vinther, Troels Den Team Saxo Bank
106.  Perez, Ruben Esp Euskaltel-Euskadi
107.  Merino, Igor Esp Orbea Continental
108.  Reza, Kevin Fra Team Europcar
109.  Kouwenhoven, Sjoerd Ned Cycling Team De Rijk
110.  Vandewalle, Kristof Bel Omega Pharma-Quick S
111.  Frank, Mathias Sui Bmc Racing Team
112.  Cano, Jose Luis Esp Andalucia
113.  Vermote, Julien Bel Omega Pharma-Quick S
114.  Boeve, Mats Ned Cycling Team De Rijk
115.  Bessy, Cyril Fra Saur-Sojasun
116.  Laborie, Cristophe Fra Saur-Sojasun
117.  Juul, Christopher Den Team Saxo Bank
118.  Boom, Lars Ned Rabobank @ 19:52
119.  Wetterhall, Alexander Swe Endura Racing
120.  Anderson, Jack Aus Endura Racing
121.  Azanza, Jorge Esp Euskaltel-Euskadi
122.  Janorschke, Grisha Ger Team Netapp
123.  Fraire, Omar Esp Orbea Continental @ 20:13
124.  Silva, Joni Esp Burgos-Bh-Castilla Y
125.  Barbero, Carlos Esp Orbea Continental
126.  Barredo, Carlos Esp Rabobank
127.  Carrasco, Sergio Esp Andalucia
128.  Schorn, Daniel Aut Team Netapp
129.  Cabedo, Victor Esp Euskaltel-Euskadi
130.  Cantwell, Jonathan Aus Team Saxo Bank
131.  Jarc, Blaz Slo Team Netapp
132.  Ghyselinck, Jan Bel Cofidis Le Credit En
133.  Edet, Nicolas Fra Cofidis Le Credit En
134.  Feillu, Brice Fra Saur-Sojasun @
135.  Schmitt, Alexander Ger Nutrixxion-Abus @ 26:21
136.  Camaño, Iker Esp Endura Racing
137.  Cesar, Gustavo Esp Andalucia
138.  Beukeboon, Dion Ned Cycling Team De Rijk
139.  Schoonbroodt, Bob Ned Cycling Team De Rijk
140.  Mcevoy, Jonathan Gbr Endura Racing
141.  Miyazawa, Takashi Jpn Team Saxo Bank
142.  Bizkarra, Mikel Esp Orbea Continental
143.  Zuazubiskar, Illart Esp Orbea Continental
144.  Quemeneur, Perrig Fra Team Europcar
145.  Gene, Yohann Fra Team Europcar
146.  Ryabkin, Alexander Rus Caja Rural
147.  Torres, Pablo Esp Burgos-Bh-Castilla

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