News | Challenge Mallorca • January 28, 2023
McNulty top-5 in challenging Mallorcan conditions
American 5th from select group
Brandon McNulty showed a glimpse of his early season form with 5th place at the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana (123km) today on day four of the Challenge Mallorca.
The day would start with the news that due to severe weather conditions the route would be reduced to 123km due to concerns of snow.
The shortened route led to intense racing and the group began to split heavily on the final classified climb of the Coll de Femenies which came at -30km from the line. It was here that McNulty forced the gap along with four other riders, later being joined by Joao Almeida who bridged across with four other riders.
The riders faced a wet and technical descent towards the line with yesterday’s winner Kobe Goossens (Intermarche-Wanty) slipping away to take his second consecutive victory. McNulty would settle for 5th.
McNulty: “It was one of the coldest days I’ve ever had on a bike. Myself and Joao made it into the final move but we were trying to avoid taking too much risk on the descents as it was pretty rough conditions. All things considered I’m happy with the result and hoping for more in the races to come.”
Tomorrow the Challenge Mallorca comes to a conclusion with the flat Trofeo Palma.
Results Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
1.Kobe Goossens (Intermarche-Wanty) 2:55:07
2.Lennert Van Eetvelt (Lotto-Dstny) +7’’
3.Ilan Van Wilder (Soudal – QuickStep) +9’’
5. Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) +13’’