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Degenkolb grabs second victory in Challenge Mallorca

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John Degenkolb

In only his second race start of the season, John Degenkolb made no mistake and sprinted to his second victory Sunday, taking the win in the Trofeo Palma, the final race of the Challenge Mallorca.

The win comes after Degenkolb claimed success in the opening race of the four-day series on Thursday, giving the German a perfect start to the year.

The race began and finished in Palma and despite a significant climb with 40 kilometers to go, was destined to end in a bunch finish with both Trek-Segafredo and Lotto Soudal interested in bringing it together.

“I am so happy – thanks to my team! I know that I am in good shape and I feel pretty good. It’s always nice to start the season like this. I think it’s the first time I have won the first two races in a season, that’s a premiere for me. To have this feeling, which I missed so much last year and now I have it already twice…It’s so nice to be in the winning line again!”

Trofeo Palma 2018 results:

1John Degenkolb (Trek – Segafredo)

3:47:29

2Erik Baska (Bora-hansgrohe)

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3Coen Vermeltfoort (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij)

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4Enrique Sanz (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias)

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5Carlos Barbero (Movistar)

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6Albert Torres (Inteja Dominican)

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7Jordi Warlop (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)

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8José Rojas (Movistar)

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9Leonardo Basso (Team Sky)

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10Xavier Canellas (Spain)

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