Mallorca, the first stop for the Lead Cycle Tour (LCT) Euro Cup.
The first four rounds of the new and innovative 2019 Lead Cycle Tour (LCT) Euro Cup will take place in Mallorca held between January 31 and February.
The XXVIII edition of the Challenge of Mallorca will host the four independent UCI 1.1 events and will be the first European events on the international calendar after the teams return from Australia and South America.
The Challenge will feature the best World Tour, Pro Continental, Continental and national teams. Among them will be the current world champion Alejandro Valverde, who will debut his rainbow jersey.
A line up of teams and riders that will surely provide exciting and enthralling racing!
WORLD TOUR TEAMS
That will be presented on the starting line with the current world champion, Alejandro Valverde, a regular in the Challenge, and another heavyweight Mikel Landa.
The team of the Belgian Tim Wellens who has taken stage victories year after year, together with Tomasz Marczynski, Caleb Ewan, Thomas De Gendt.
The team led by Peter Sagan is another regular of the race, starting his i2019 season.
The Americans will go with John Degenkolb, a sprinter who has won stages, in 2018 he won two. Accompanied by the Colombian Jarlinson Pantano who will surely animate the race when the terrain allows.
Team Katusha Alpecin
This strong multinational team hopes to start in this season with riders like Marcel Kittel, Dani Navarro and Rick Zabel.
UAE Team Emirates
The team return with Fabio Aru, Alexander Kristoff former European Champion and Daniel Martin.
Pro Continental Teams
Caja Rural: Once again the Navarra team arrives in Majorca in its tenth professional season looking for great results. Having a veteran in their ranks, Sergio Pardilla and a Balearic rider Xavier Cañellas, who will be sure to put on a show at home.
Cofidis: The French team of sprinter Nacer Bouhanni returns with the Spaniards Luis Ángel Mate and the brothers Jesús and José Herrada.
Euskadi: Fighting and fighting team go to the Challenge after an outstanding performance the previous year and with the safety after the victory of Oscar Rodríguez in the return to Spain that dreams can be fulfilled.
Sport Vlaanderen: The Belgian team arrives for the second consecutive year with very talented young riders who will surely be protagonists on the road.
Direct Energie: Since its creation in 1984, it has had good results and with rider like Niki Terpstra, winner of the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix, the Dutchman has come to support and mentor the younger riders.
Arkea Samsic: The French team includes in its ranks Warren Barguil, winner of the mountain jersey in the Tour de France 2017 and André Greipel, the veteran German rider who already had eight victories in 2018.
Israel Cycling Academy: One of the strong teams in the professional continental circuit, with the Spanish rider Rubén Plaza highlighting fast men like the Italians Davide Cimolai and Ricardo Minali.
Wanty Groupe Gobert: The Belgian team arrives for the second consecutive with Bart De Clercq and Thomas Degand.
Roompot: The Dutch return to the Challenge with a totally renewed team, with Lars Boom and under the direction of Erik Breukink.
Rally Cycling: American team with a mix of Canadian and American riders having their Challenge debut.
The continentals are headed by the Spaniards of Euskadi, a team belonging to the Euskadi Foundation. They are joined by three German teams: Team Sauerland -with a group of riders totally from their country, Bike Aid and Canyon DH; and the Japanese of the Interpro Cycling Academy, the Albanian Amore e Vita-Prodir and the Irish Evo Pro Racing and lastly the Spanish National Team.
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