The Mallorca Cycling Challenge (also known as the Round Majorca Cycling Race, and starting from the 2012 edition as the Iberostar Majorca Cycling Challenge), is the first event on Spain’s professional cycling racing calendar.
Over the course of its history, the Challenge has been won by leading cyclists such as Alejandro Valverde, Laurent Jalabert or Alex Zulle. Yet the most successful rider to date in this event is Granada-born cyclist Paco Cabello, who has won no fewer than three editions (in 1996, 2000 and 2002). What’s more, the Challenge has at some time or other attracted all the great names in cycling, including Induráin, Armstrong, Rominger or Chiapucci during the 1990s, or more recently, champions such as Paolo Bettini, Óscar Freire, Tom Boonen, Óscar Pereiro, Dennis Menchov, Alberto Contador and many other top name riders from the world cycling scene.
This year’s edition of the 4 day race gets underway on Sunday, 3rd February with the traditional urban circuit along the Passeig Marítim de Palma; on Monday 4th the cyclists will be competing for the Campos-Santanyí-Ses Salines Trophy, whilst on Tuesday 5th it’s the turn of the Serra de Tramuntana Trophy which sets off from Deià and finishes in Lluc; and on Wednesday 6th, the cyclists will be racing for the Alcúdia-Ca’n Picafort-Platja de Muro Trophy.
Participants in this latest edition of the Challenge will include cycling greats such as the latest winner of the Tour de France and Olympic time trial gold medallist Bradley Wiggins, who will be on the island with the rest of Team Sky some time before the event. Other entrants include Movistar team members Alejandro Valverde, José Joaquín Rojas or Rui Costa; André Greipel and Jurgen van den Broeck from Lotto; Igor Antón from Euskaltel; Cunego or Petacchi from Lampre; Tony Martin from Omega-Pharma; Tyler Farrar from Garmin; and the latest winner of the Mountain classification jersey during La Vuelta de España, Simon Clarke, with the Orica-GreenEDGE team.
The Challenge has traditionally attracted the interest of all the major international cycling teams due to its format and organisation, as well as the weather conditions on Majorca, ideal for getting cyclists up to top form even though it’s still the middle of winter. Every single edition of the Challenge has given visiting or resident cycling fans the chance to see close up some of the finest cyclists of the day. The Challenge is committed to attracting cycling’s stars and ensuring an outstanding level of competition that guarantees the event’s sporting success and widespread media coverage.
So do you fancy visiting Majorca to see at first hand the world’s finest cyclists and discover the island’s stunning natural landscapes?
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