Mallorca 3: Dekker does it
Thomas Dekker was the best in the uphill finish at the end of stage 3 of the Challenge Mallorca. But
PIC BY VUELTA A MALLORCA Thomas Dekker (Rabobank) has won the third leg of the Challenge Mallorca, beating Vladimir Gusev (Discovery Channel) and Alberto Fern ndez De La Puebla (Saunier Duval) in the uphill finish on Mirador Des Colomer. But the Dutchman didn’t take over in the general classification, as he hasn’t ridden all the stages. That honour fell to Ezequiel Mosquera from the new pro continental team Karpin-Galicia, who finished fourth today. He shares the overall GC lead with Gusev, whose team manager Sean Yates told Procycling this morning that this stage would be the “first test” of the season for the Russian. Today’s stage saw an early breakaway of 11 riders form after 18 kilometres. The break included Discovery Channel’s Thomas Vaitkus, who sat third on GC. But when the break hit the Coll de S¢ller, the day’s first climb after 85 km, it was reduced to seven riders. On the cat. 1 Coll de Puig Major, a new group of 12 formed in front. But Rabobank and Caisse d’Epargne kept things under control, and the break was caught with eight kilometres to go. On the uphill finish to Mirador des Colomer, Dekker attacked with Gusev, Fern ndez and Mosquera. Dekker was able to get away in the final kilometre and won by two seconds over Gusev, with Fern ndez and Mosquera finishing just behind. Tomorrow’s fourth stage from S¢ller to Port de S¢ller (164 km) has no uphill finish, but it should be as selective as today’s. The final ascent of the Coll de Puig Major has its summit at 16 km to go, with a fast downhill to decide the race in Port de S¢ller. Stage 3 results 1 Thomas Dekker (Ned, Rabobank) 3:55:43 2 Vladimir Gusev (Rus, Discovery Channel) 0:00:02 3 Alberto Fern ndez De La Puebla (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 4 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 5 Luis Le¢n S nchez (Spa, Caisse d’Epargne) 0:00:07 6 David De La Fuente (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 0:00:10 7 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita, T-Mobile) 0:00:12 8 Jos Bonilla (CRc, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 9 Stijn Devolder (Bel, Discovery Channel) 10 Vicente Reynes (Spa, Caisse d’Epargne) General classification after stage 3 1 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 9:45:21 2 Vladimir Gusev (Rus, Discovery Channel) 3 Alberto Fern ndez De La Puebla (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 4 Luis Le¢n S nchez (Spa, Caisse d’Epargne) 0:00:05 5 David De La Fuente (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 0:00:08 6 Vicente Reynes (Spa, Caisse d’Epargne) 0:00:10 7 Stijn Devolder (Bel, Discovery Channel) 8 Jos Bonilla (CRc, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 9 Pieter Weening (Ned, Rabobank) 10 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 0:00:14 Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.