Challenge Mallorca (1.1)
26th to 30th January
Calvià Trophy, Port d’Alcúdia Trophy, Serra de Tramuntana Trophy, Pollença Trophy, Playa de Palma Trophy
In 2022, the island competition will increase the number of Trophies to five, with opportunities for all cyclists. The most demanding day will continue to be the Serra de Tramuntana Trophy, with its 4 climbs that include Sóller and Puig Major; while the clearest option for sprinters will be the Palma Trophy, with the last difficulty 35 kilometres from the finish line and a final circuit through the capital; together with the Port d’Alcudia Trophy with the whole of the decisive part in favour.
Completing the Challenge are two medium mountain races, with the Pollença – Port d’Andratx Trophy and its finish on a hard climb after 170 kilometres, as well as the Calvià Trophy and its constant uphill terrain with a finish in Palmanova. The enviable weather in Mallorca will be a spectacle and the EOLO Kometa riders will be in the fray for all five days.
It will be the debut of Diego Rosa and Francesco Gavazzi with the Gobik jersey of the team. Two veteran and experienced riders who will contribute with their quality in the different events. The team arrives with the satisfaction of the victory in the Clàssica Comunitat Valenciana 1969 of Giovanni Lonardi, in a sensational debut of EOLO Kometa.
Diego Rosa: “With the previous work, we arrive at this appointment with a united group, with the satisfaction of having won in Valencia and very motivated for Mallorca. There is always fatigue in the legs in the first race, it will be a goal to do well but I also think about improving for the next appointments taking advantage of the competition. I’m sure we’ll race with ambition and the desire to be protagonists. We’re going with a lot of strength!”.
Biagio Conte: “It was very important for us to start the year well and we did it in the best way in Valencia. We started the season with our first victory, we did a great job and we followed the plan to perfection. The final crashes caused a bit of a crazy situation but the team’s response was impeccable. With that learning experience I think we will do a great job in Mallorca. The morale of the guys is very high and we have to take advantage of that euphoria. We have a full squad, but there will be a high level in the rival teams. But this does not detract one iota of ambition and I am sure that Albanese can take advantage of a very favourable terrain for him. Gavazzi or Lonardi in the mass finishes can also contribute and fight for another victory for the team. We want to do well and continue the line we have started the season with”.