The Vuelta de Mallorca is broken up into four stages, the ‘Challenge’ is set to pose a challenge for all types of riders, with sprint, mountain and rolling days being punctuated by steep climbs, rapid descents and technical turns. An additional unique feature that makes it so attractive to professional cycling teams is that the teams are able to enter squads of 10 riders and rotate their line-up through the four days. The Trofeo Palma route tends to stay the same, but the routes of the other 3 stages/Trophies change each year – below is a summary of 2013, potentially some of the best cycling routes in Mallorca. The annual event is normally during the first week in February, starts in Palma on a Sunday & potentially covers some of the best cycling routes in Mallorca.
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Sky Pro Cycling, Movistar, Omega Pharma Quick Step, Euskaltel Euskadi, White Procycling, Lotto Belisol, Garmin Sharp, Orica Greenedge, Lampre Merida, Katusha, Team Europcar, Cofidis, Caja Rural, were all represented in 2013.
Trofeo Palma: 116km street circuit
A gentle introduction to the race will see the riders complete ten loops of an 11.6km circuit along the seafront Avenida Gabriel Roca and back. While the gentle curves of the main body of the loop should not pose too many problems, two tight hairpin bends at each end could prove tricky if the pace is driven up. The route is pan flat and ends in a bunch sprint.
Kenny Dehaes (Lotto Belisol) 2:39:07, won the sprint for the line from Tyler Farrar (Garmin Sharp) andBen Swift (Sky).
Trofeo Campos: Campos to Ses Salines, 167km
The peloton heads to the south of the island for two-and-two-thirds of a lap of a 62km rolling circuit. The route will ascend the category-four Col de Santanyi three times and also take in several other smaller climbs. The stage finishes with a short, steep climb, before flattening out for a dash to the line.
Leigh Howard (Orica-GreenEDGE) 3:56:24, made use of his track skills – and some pre-race planning – to negotiate the run-in to the finish beating Tyler Farrar and Jose Joaquin Rojas(Movistar) to the line.
Trofeo Deia: Deia to Monasterio de Lluc, 153km
Time for the climbers to come to the fore as the race heads over to the south-west coast of Mallorca for a 153km mountainous route containing two third-category climbs, two second-category climbs and an ascent of the first-category Coll de Puig Major, the summit of which comes 19km from the finish line.
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 4:04:57, put his abilities as a sprinter to good effect to beat Sergio Henao (Sky) and Robert Gesink (Blanco)
Trofeo Alcudia: Alcudia to Avenida Albufera, 170km
Another day in the hills, this time starting in the north of the island. The first 50km are relatively gentle as the route heads south from Alcudia, but it then veers right towards the west coast and back into the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. It includes 4 category-two climbs, including another ascent of Coll de Puig Major, albeit from the opposite direction. However, the day ends with a gentle descent the best part of 50km long all the way back down to the finish line just outside Alcudia.
Leigh Howard (Orica-GreenEDGE) 4:15:29, won the fourth and final stage.