Basso ninth in Mallorca finale

28 Jan 2018

Basso ninth in Mallorca finale

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Leonardo Basso picked up another top-10 finish at Challenge Mallorca as the Trofeo Palma came down to a bunch kick.

The Italian was once again able to battle it out in the final kilometre, and mirrored his result on Thursday’s opening test with ninth place.
 
As was the case in Ses Salines, it was John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) who out-sprinted his rivals to take the victory. The German held off the attentions of Erik Baska (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Coen Vermeltfoort (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) at the line.
 
The European season-opening races in Mallorca saw consistent riding from Team Sky, and a great opportunity to get some early racing in the legs. Gianni Moscon came close to victory on Friday’s Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, and an additional eighth place on Saturday ensured a top-10 finish on all four days for the team.

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."
Leonardo Basso

Leonardo Basso

I learned a lot and I'm very happy for this start, but I want to increase my level.
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Trofeo Palma result:
 
1. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) 3:47:29
2. Erik Baska (Bora-Hansgrohe) s.t.
3. Coen Vermeltfoort (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij)
4. Enrique Sanz (Euskadi Basque Country)
5. Carlos Barbero (Movistar)
9. Leonardo Basso (Team Sky)

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