Frøy-Bianchis Damien Garcia dominated the race for 160 km and won four prices from today´s UCI 1.1 race in Mallorca.
Halvor Landmark Tandrevold said that the nerves before the start, disappeared as they passed the starting line in Santanyi around 12 o´clock this afternoon
With the smallest budget, and no respect at all, Frøy-Bianchi had big plans for today´s race to Campos. Damien Garcia informed Director Sportif days ago that his plan was to og in an early break-away today. The race had hardly started before Damien set off, and established a two man breakaway with Alex Kirsh from Cult Energy. And what a breakaway!
160 kilometers breakaway
In the 175.5 kilometer long race, Damien and Alex ended up racing for 160 kilometers alone in the break-away. Carl Erik Pedersen reported quite early that Lotto-Soudal was in the front of the peloton. They were riding for André Greipel in the sprint. At this point the guys were 6.30 ahead of the peloton. At the best, the two guys had a lead of 11 minutes of the rest of the bunch, crowded by superstars from several of the best teams in the world.
Four prices to Damien Garcia
Of the two riders in the breakaway, Damien pulled off the best results. The breakaway gave him an incredible outcome, and Damien is forever crowned as the best climber, the best sprinter, the best combinative rider and the most aggressive rider for today´s race. 4 trips up to the podium is an incredible payoff after today´s hard work.
The rest of Frøy-Bianchi had a fairly easy day in the peloton, with no responsibility for any actions as long as the situation in the front was the way it turned out. Carl Erik Pedersen reported from the Fiat Panda, that the race simply exploded with 30 kilometers to go. In the strong cross winds, and the flat terrain, it was a challenge to stay in the front of the peloton. Unfortunately, our boys didn´t manage to do so, and the peloton broke into several smaller groups. Luckily Henrik Steen Haugen managed to stay in the main group for the sprint, finishing in a decent 26th place. The only Norwegian rider ahead of Henrik was Edvald Boasson Hagen, finishing 19th.
Today´s race was nothing but a blast for Frøy-Bianchi, and the team is now looking forward to the more hilly race on Friday, with start in Andratx.
Source : froy.no