The young Dutch runner from EF Education-EasyPost, Marijn Van den Berg, 23, has claimed his first success as a professional, at the finish line of the Ses Salines-Alcúdia Trophy, ahead of the British Ethan Vernon (Soudal Quick-Step) and the Eritrean Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Circus).
During the first 100 kilometres, without difficulties up to Coll de Sa Batalla, which was the biggest obstacle the runners encountered, the leading role went to Alessandro Fancellu (EOLO-Kometa), Colby Lange (Project Echelon Racing), Luis Ángel Maté (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Julius Van den Berg (EF Education-EasyPost). The four rode together, at which point the pace in the peloton was set by the Intermarché-Circus-Wanty with Girmay in the lead, being returned to the discipline of the group on the ascent to Sa Batalla, where a select group formed in the lead with just 40 units.
The peloton reach the streets of Alcúdia in a group where Van den Berg came out ahead of all his rivals in the last corner, which was located just fifty meters from the finish line, achieving his first victory as a professional.
Tomorrow the Garden Hotels-Luxcom Mallorca Cycling Challenge continues, with the Andratx Mirador D’es Colomer Trophy, with 160.9 kilometers and three scoring ports: Coll de Sa Gramola, Coll de Claret and Coll de Puigmajor (1st category) and final in the Mirador d’es Colomer (3rd category).