One day after the first victory of the season thanks to Biniam Girmay in the Trofeo Alcudia, the men directed by Aike Visbeek and Pieter Vanspeybrouck were again in the mix for the win in the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana (1.1, 28/01), the third of five one day races of the Mallorca Challenge. Just like on Wednesday in the Trofeo Calvia in which he obtained a seventh place, Belgian climber Kobe Goossens distinguished himself on a particularly hilly parcours in the Mallorcan mountain range. He finished fifth in a sprint with eight strong riders in Lloseta.
Four difficult climbs on the parcours of 158 kilometer, the Coll de Femenies, Coll de Orient, Coll de Soller and Coll de Puig Major offered the eight riders the possibility to distance their competitors. Just like on Wednesday, Goossens raced alongside Tim Wellens (Lotto), Alejandro Valverde and others towards the top of the Puig Major 33 kilometer before the finish line.
The gap to the first chasers never ceased to grow during the downhill towards the finish and despite several attacks, the eight sprinted for the victory. With his fifth place, the 25 year old took his best result in a one day race, improving his performance from two days before. His teammate Jan Bakelants finished in the first chasing group in sixteenth place.