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The route details of the Spanish season-opening Majorca Challenge have been announced. The first two days of the five-day race should suit the sprinters, while the final three all feature stages in the mountains, in what is the most mountainous edition ever of this event.
The race starts, on February 5, with its traditional early evening criterium in Palma, which takes place on a circuit based on the Paseo Mar¡timo. This stage has been lengthened to 100 kilometres.
Day two is focused on the northern resort of Cala Millor and finishes in Cala Bona after 159km of racing. Day three includes the major climbs of the Coll de S¢ller and the Puig Major, then the spectacular ascent of the Mirador des Colomer (Pollenca) during its 150km. Day four is another 150km starting in S¢ller and finishing in Port de S¢ller, and including the climbs of the Coll de S¢ller, Coll de sa Batalla (twice) and the Puig Major.
The final 149km stage runs from the resort of Magaluf to neighbouring Palmanova via the Coll de sa Gramola, the Coll de Claret (twice), the Coll de S¢ller and the Coll d'es Tords. For more details go to www.vueltamallorca.com
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