Vuelta a Mallorca

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Vuelta a Mallorca
Race details
Date Early February
Region Majorca, Spain
English name Tour of Majorca
Local name(s) Volta a Mallorca (Catalan)
Vuelta a Mallorca (Spanish)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type One-day
History
First edition 1992 (1992)
Editions 23 (as of 2014)
First winner  Javier Murguialday (ESP)
Most wins  Francisco Cabello (ESP) (3 wins)
Most recent  Antonio Colom (ESP)
(2009, no overall winner classification since)

The Challenge Vuelta Ciclista a Mallorca (English: Tour of Majorca, Catalan: Challenge Volta Ciclista a Mallorca) is a series of five professional one day road bicycle races held on the Spanish island of Mallorca in early February. The event is used as an early season preparatory event by many of the top teams in readiness for the bigger races later in the season. The five races are ranked 1.1 on the UCI Europe Tour.

Although the race styles itself as the “Tour of Majorca” it has never been allowed to be classed as a multi day stage race by the sports governing body the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) because the race rules allows riders not to participate on certain days if they don’t want to. However there is an unofficial overall classification winner taken on total time over five days. This laid back attitude by the race organisers makes the race popular with team managers who can bring a large squad (sometimes as many as 20 riders) and interchange them over the five days. Apart from the overall classification on time there are the usual Mountains, Points and Sprints competitions associated with any stage race. There is also a competition for the top Majorcan based rider, in the past this has been won by Vicente Reynès, Antonio Colóm and Antonio Tauler.

The first day of racing is the Trofeo Mallorca which is a criterium (circuit race) around the streets of Palma. The second day is the Trofeo Cala Millor, sometimes called the Trofeo Alcúdia. These two opening days are run over a fairly flat course and result in a sprint finish. The Trofeo Pollença (day three) and Trofeo Sóller (day four) are contested over a more hilly course using the climbs of the Col de Sóller (501 metres) and the Col de Puig Major (850 metres) amongst others on the route. These two hilly days usually decide the outcome of the unofficial overall classification over the five days. The final days racing is the Trofeo Calvià which takes place on an undulating course over a series of small climbs.

Top class riders such as Laurent Jalabert, Alex Zülle and Alejandro Valverde have won the overall classification at the Vuelta a Mallorca; however, Spanish rider Francesco Cabello who rode for the Kelme team throughout his career, holds the record for the most victories, taking three overall victories in Majorca in 1996, 2000 and 2002. In 2004 Colóm became the first rider who was a native of the island of Majorca to take the overall classification.

The Vuelta a Mallorca receives heavy sponsorship from Tourism section of the local Majorcan government (Govern de la Illes Balears). The race was first held in 1992 and for the first three years was just open to Spanish teams, however in 1995 foreign squads were invited for the first time with teams such as Telekom and TVM attending. In 1998 Léon van Bon of the Dutch Rabobank squad became the first overall winner riding for a non Spanish team.

General Classification Winners[edit]

Rider Team
1992 Spain Murguialday, JavierJavier Murguialday (ESP) Lotus-Festina
1993 France Jalabert, LaurentLaurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE
1994 Spain Garcia Marquina, DavidDavid Garcia Marquina (ESP) Banesto
1995 Switzerland Zülle, AlexAlex Zülle (SUI) ONCE
1996 Spain Cabello, FranciscoFrancisco Cabello (ESP) Kelme-Artiach
1997 France Jalabert, LaurentLaurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE
1998 Netherlands van Bon, LéonLéon van Bon (NED) Rabobank
1999 Spain Rebollo, José LuisJosé Luis Rebollo (ESP) ONCE-Deutsche Bank
2000 Spain Cabello, FranciscoFrancisco Cabello (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2001 Australia Hayman, MatthewMatthew Hayman (AUS) Rabobank
2002 Spain Cabello, FranciscoFrancisco Cabello (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2003 Spain Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro Valverde (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2004 Spain Colom, AntonioAntonio Colom (ESP) Illes Balears-Banesto
2005 Spain Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro Valverde (ESP) Illes Balears-Banesto
2006 Spain Bernabeu, DavidDavid Bernabeu (ESP) Comunidad Valenciana
2007 Spain Sánchez, Luis LeónLuis León Sánchez (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne
2008 Belgium Gilbert, PhilippePhilippe Gilbert (BEL) Française des Jeux
2009 Spain Colom, AntonioAntonio Colom (ESP) Team Katusha

Individual Race Winners[edit]

Year Trofeo Palma de Mallorca Trofeo Alcúdia Trofeo Calvia Trofeo Manacor Trofeo Sóller
1992  Kenneth Weltz (DEN)  Alfonso Gutiérrez (ESP)  Neil Stephens (AUS)  Alfonso Gutiérrez (ESP)  Juan Carlos González (ESP)
1993  Asiat Saitov (RUS)  Alfonso Gutiérrez (ESP)  Federico Echave (ESP)  Laurent Jalabert (FRA)  Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
1994  Joan Llaneras (ESP)  Asier Guenetxea (ESP)  Alfonso Gutiérrez (ESP)  José Ramón Uriarte (ESP)  Ángel Edo (ESP)
1995  Adriano Baffi (ITA)  Jeroen Blijlevens (NED)  Beat Zberg (SUI)  Samuele Schiavina (ITA)  Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
1996  Jeroen Blijlevens (NED)  Goder De Leeuw (NED)  Francisco Cabello (ESP)  Federico Colonna (ITA)  Francisco Cabello (ESP)
1997  Erik Zabel (GER)  Peter Van Petegem (BEL)  Tom Steels (BEL)  Hendrik Van Dijck (BEL)  Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
1998  Erik Zabel (GER)  Jeremy Hunt (GBR)  Tom Steels (BEL)  Elio Aggiano (ITA)  Tom Steels (BEL)
1999  Jeroen Blijlevens (NED)  Claus Michael Møller (DEN)  Francisco Cabello (ESP)  Mario Cipollini (ITA)  Mario Cipollini (ITA)
2000  Óscar Freire (ESP)  Robbie McEwen (AUS)  Elio Aggiano (ITA)  Paolo Bettini (BEL)  Francisco Cabello (ESP)
2001  Erik Zabel (GER)  Michael Boogerd (NED)  Robbie McEwen (AUS)  Erik Zabel (GER)  Mathew Hayman (AUS)
2002  Isaac Gálvez (ESP)  Igor Flores (ESP)  Erik Dekker (NED)  Óscar Freire (ESP)  Óscar Freire (ESP)
2003  Isaac Gálvez (ESP)  Allan Davis (AUS)  Remmert Wielinga (NED)  Isaac Gálvez (ESP)  Alexandre Usov (BLR)
2004  Allan Davis (AUS)  Óscar Freire (ESP)  Unai Etxebarria (VEN)  Allan Davis (AUS)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
2005  Óscar Freire (ESP)  Óscar Freire (ESP)  Antonio Colom (ESP)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
Year Trofeo Palma de Mallorca Trofeo Cala Millor Trofeo Calvia Trofeo Pollença Trofeo Sóller
2006  Isaac Gálvez (ESP)  Isaac Gálvez (ESP)  David Kopp (GER)  David Bernabeu (ESP)  Paolo Bettini (ITA)
2007  Óscar Freire (ESP)  Vicente Reynès (ESP)  Unai Etxebarria (VEN)  Thomas Dekker (NED)  Antonio Colom (ESP)
2008  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)  Graeme Brown (AUS)  Gert Steegmans (BEL)  José Joaquín Rojas (ESP)  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
Year Trofeo Palma de Mallorca Trofeo Cala Millor Trofeo Calvia Trofeo Pollença Trofeo Inca
2009  Gert Steegmans (BEL)  Robbie McEwen (AUS)  Gerald Ciolek (GER)  Daniele Bennati (ITA)  Antonio Colom (ESP)
Year Trofeo Palma de Mallorca Trofeo Cala Millor Trofeo Deià Trofeo Magaluf-Palmanova Trofeo Inca
2010  Robbie McEwen (AUS)  Óscar Freire (ESP)  Rui Costa (POR)  André Greipel (GER)  Linus Gerdemann (GER)
2011 No winner[Note 1]  Tyler Farrar (USA)  José Joaquín Rojas (ESP)  Murilo Fischer (BRA)  Ben Hermans (BEL)
Year Trofeo Palma de Mallorca Trofeo Migjorn Trofeo Deià Trofeo Pollença Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
2012  Andrew Fenn (GBR)  Andrew Fenn (GBR)  Lars Petter Nordhaug (NOR) Not raced[Note 2] Cancelled[Note 3]
Year Trofeo Palma de Mallorca Trofeo Campos Trofeo Deià Trofeo Platja de Muro Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
2013  Kenny Dehaes (BEL)  Leigh Howard (AUS) Not raced  Leigh Howard (AUS)  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
Year Trofeo Palma Trofeo Ses Salines Trofeo Deià Trofeo Muro-Port d'Alcúdia Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
2014  Sacha Modolo (ITA)  Sacha Modolo (ITA) Not raced  Gianni Meersman (BEL)  Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)
Notes
  1. ^ The race, won by Tyler Farrar, is not officially recognized by the UCI because of a large protest from riders..
  2. ^ Event reduced to 4 single-day races in 2012 due to financial problems.
  3. ^ Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

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