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TV

The organisers, Unisport Consulting, have announced that Eurosport will be offering highlights at 8pm every day – though it’s not clear if such a chance will be only offered to Spanish viewers. RTVE usually has them posted only after being shown on Spanish TV.

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Timetable

The first three trophies finish between 3.45 and 4.15pm CET; the last one is held in the morning, with its end scheduled around 2pm.

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Social Media

The race’s official Twitter account seems to be @ChallengeMca; the hashtag should be #ChallengeMallorca.

Stages

Analysis

01
Trofeo Ses Salines - Puig de Sant Salvador (176.9km)
31 January
  1. 01 Jesús Herrada Cofidis 4h12'29"
  2. 02 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert +11"
  3. 03 Bauke Mollema Trek-Segafredo "
  4. 04 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team "
  5. 29 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +2'15"
  6. 43 Nelson Oliveira Movistar Team +4'14"
  7. 44 Lluís Mas Movistar Team "
  8. 67 Jürgen Roelandts Movistar Team +6'53"
  9. 130 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team +15'38"
  10. —  Mikel Landa Movistar Team DNF
02
Trofeo Andratx - Lloseta (172.2km)
01 February
  1. 01 Emanuel Buchmann Bora-Hansgrohe 4h39'03"
  2. 02 Tim Wellens Lotto Soudal +16"
  3. 03 Bauke Mollema Trek-Segafredo +19"
  4. 08 Jürgen Roelandts Movistar Team +41"
  5. 10 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +51"
  6. 35 Nelson Oliveira Movistar Team +5'43"
  7. 51 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team +10'58"
  8. —  Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team DNF
  9. —  Daniele Bennati Movistar Team DNF
  10. —  Carlos Verona Movistar Team DNF
03
Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana (179.3km)
02 February
  1. 01 Tim Wellens Lotto Soudal 4h50'40"
  2. 02 Emanuel Buchmann Bora-Hansgrohe +14"
  3. 03 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +1'12"
  4. 06 Nelson Oliveira Movistar Team +1'46"
  5. 09 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +1'49"
  6. —  Daniele Bennati Movistar Team DNF
  7. —  Imanol Erviti Movistar Team DNF
  8. —  Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team DNF
  9. —  Lluís Mas Movistar Team DNF
04
Trofeo Playa de Palma - Palma (159.6km)
03 February
  1. 01 Marcel Kittel Katusha-Alpecin 3h45'23"
  2. 02 Timothy Dupont Wanty-Groupe Gobert "
  3. 03 Hugo Hofstetter Cofidis "
  4. 10 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team "
  5. 22 Jürgen Roelandts Movistar Team "
  6. 46 Lluís Mas Movistar Team "
  7. 57 Daniele Bennati Movistar Team "
  8. 85 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team "
  9. 118 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +1'13"
  10. —  Carlos Verona Movistar Team DNF

Analysis

Alejandro Valverde will be the guiding light for the first Spanish pro road race event of the season. The World Champion from the Movistar Team will visit – as it’s custom every year – the Balearic Islands to race the 28th Challenge Mallorca, a competition featuring a majority of climbers’ routes for 2019.

No less than three of the four trophies will be offering chances for either climbers or classics specialists, as the race includes a new stage one finish atop the Puig de Sant Salvador (Felanitx), on Thursday 31st January. The 4.6km, 7,3% climb will put an end to a predominantly flat trophy, followed by a lumpier route on day two, Friday 1st, with the climbs of Sa Gramola (Cat-3), Claret (Cat-3) and Puig Major (Cat-1) before Lloseta’s finish.

Sunday 2nd February will see the peloton take on the traditional, grueling Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, just 143km long yet with six ascents: Sóller (Cat-2), Claret (Cat-3), Honor (Cat-2), Sa Batalla (Cat-2) and Puig Major (Cat-2) prior to the finish up the Coll d’en Bleda (Cat-3) and the last ramp inside Deià. The easiest chance for the sprinters will be on the final day (Sunday 3rd), with only the Coll Sa Creu (Cat-3) as obstacle for the fastest legs towards Palma’s coastal boulevard.

** It’s important to note that the Challenge Mallorca is held as a series of four independent, one-day races (UCI 1.1). That allows for the Movistar Team and all participant squads to sign up with a long list of riders, though only seven of them can race each day (lineups may vary completely for every trophy). Every morning, we’ll be announcing our roster for the day on our Twitter profile.