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Matteo Pelucchi wins finale of 2015 Mallorca Challenge

Matteo Pelucchi takes his second victory of the 2015 Mallorca Challenge, out-kicking André Greipel and Ben Swift

Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) won Sunday’s Trofeo Playa del Palma-Palma, out-kicking fellow speedsters André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Ben Swift (Sky).

The race, a 168.2km leg from Playa de Palma to Palma de Mallorca, was the fourth and final round of the Mallorca Challenge.

The day proved wet and windy, but IAM was able to keep Pelucchi protected, get him over the final climb and slip him into the right spot in the finale.

“I felt comfortable on the third-category climb.  In fact I suffered more from the wind and cold than I did from the climbs,” said Pelucchi.

“Holst Enger and [Simon] Pellaud really helped me in the last kilometers and then [Aleksejis] Saramotins put me in a perfect position just after the last turn.  At that point I took Greipel’s wheel because he had his entire train and I was convinced that I could play for the win.  I really take great pleasure in getting another win, but it is very important to note the strength of the team.”

It was the second victory of this year’s Challenge for the 26-year-old Italian, who on Thursday won the Trofeo Santanyi-Ses Salinas-Campos ahead of Elia Viviani (Sky) and Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar).