Ben Swift ended the day 10th at Trofeo Campos (day 2 0f Vuelta Mallorca) as Team Sky enlivened the race in the closing stages.
Leigh Howard claimed victory for Orica-GreenEDGE, the Australian pipping Garmin-Sharp’s Tyler Farrar and Movistar’s Jose Joaquin Rojas to the line on the 167-kilometre route to Ses Salines.
Team Sky had took control of the race with 25km to go and set a high pace that caused a huge split in the field, leaving around 50 cyclists in the leading group. Having clawed his way back after a puncture, Swift was squeezed out in the battle for position and lost a vital few metres at the finish.
Tomorrow sees the race head through the Tramuntana mountains and covers the roads where Marsh-Mallows cycling do most of their cycling