Stage two of the Cinturon Tour of Mallorca saw Iker Camaño (Endura) move into the ascendancy in the race’s overall classification, while Motorpoint man Ian Bibby won the stage.
Having joined Bibby in the day’s surviving breakaway, Camaño leads the GC by thirty eight seconds from Tadej Valjavec (Manisapor Cycling Team) with one more stage to come.
With only two fourth category climbs, it should be one for the sprinters and, if all goes to plan for Endura, Camaño will wrap up the victory with ease.
“I’m very pleased,” declared Endura directeur sportif Julian Winn. “The lads have worked hard and come up with the goods. Success brings confidence and we’re doing well at the moment. Tomorrow is relatively simple. I think the lads should be able to do it.”
Bibby won the stage, outsprinting his seven breakaway companions, and now sits third overall, fifty eight seconds back on Camaño.
Having noticed that race leader Jose Belda (Guerola-Valencia Terra I Mar) looked weak on yesterday’s descents, a group of riders including Camaño and Bibby attacked him after topping one of the day’s climbs.
They bridged to an earlier breakaway group that included Rob Partridge (Endura) and stayed away to the finish on Playa de Muro.
Partridge was key to the survival of the group, putting in extensive turns at the front. British team Pendragon-le-Col-Colnago were also represented at the front of the race.
Endura’s Camano wins Cinturon Tour stage