Final KM: TDU stage 7(?); Challenge Mallorca day 1

Get the bunting sorted, people, we have racing in Europe as the peloton heads to Mallorca for a series of four one-day races. It also seems we somehow missed a stage at the Tour Down Under… all will be explained in today’s Final Km.

Stage 7 (?), Tour Down Under: 2 laps of a car park somewhere in Adelaide

What do you get if you mix a cycle rickshaw, four battle-hardened riders and Cyclingtips very own Dave Everett? You get a damn funny unofficial time trial stage of the Tour Down Under, that’s what! Just love how Nathan Haas (Dimension Data), Carter Jones (Giant-Alpecin), Koen de Kort (Giant-Alpecin) and  Michael ‘call me Google’ Gogl (Tinkoff) threw themselves and the rickshaw around the corners! Check out the madness with photos on the CyclingTips site.

I love Dave’s irreverent style and he says he’s thinking of extending this format to the cobbles… just another reason to LOVE the spring classics.

Follow Dave Everett on Twitter.  CyclingTips website and Twitter

Day 1, Challenge Mallorca: 174km Felanitx to Porreres

I love the Challenge Mallorca series. Four races, two for the fast men, two for those who shine on the climbs, and teams able to bring a squad of riders to mix and match for each race. All of this on roads many of the riders know, given the island’s popularity as a training base.

Day one gave us a fast-finishing bunch gallop with Lotto Soudal’s Andre Greipel taking the honours from Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) and crikey Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data).

First race, first win… got to love Andre and those Lotto guys. Read their thoughts here

Here is the race highlights!

Header: Andre Greipel heading for victory

Race website: Challenge Mallorca; follow the race tweets with the #ChallengeMallorca hashtag

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