Leonardo Basso picked up another top-10 finish at Challenge Mallorca as the Trofeo Palma came down to a bunch kick.
After the race Basso told TeamSky.com he was happy with his first races as a full WorldTour pro. He explained: "For me it was important to start the season with a lot of energy and a lot of focus with my goals. I wanted to work for the team, and to help my teammates to get the best result in these four races.
"Fortunately on the first and last day I was able to have an opportunity and I am happy with both my ninth places. But mostly I wanted to learn, and to understand the mechanism of pro cycling. I learned a lot, from Gianni (Moscon), to (Michal) Golas to (Ian) Stannard. I'm very happy for this start, but I want to increase my level, especially in the climbs to become more resistant. But it's a good start for me and for my morale. I want to become better and that is my main goal for the future."
I learned a lot and I'm very happy for this start, but I want to increase my level.