2015 European season underway at Challenge Mallorca

Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) draws first blood with victory at 2015 European season opener; Elia Viviani and Jose Joaquin Rojas behind

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

The 2015 cycling season is now officially underway in Europe and it was the Italian sprinter Matteo Pelucchi who drew first blood with victory at the Trofeo Santanyi, the first of four races at the Challenge Mallorca.

The 26 year-old Italian on IAM beat Team Sky new recruit Elia Viviani and perenniel top ten finisher Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) in a fast tailwind sprint in the town of Campos.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.