Italian rider Pelucchi wins on opening day in Mallorca

Italy’s Matteo Pelucchi won the Trofeo Santanyi-Ses Salinas-Campos on the first day of the four-race Playa de Palma Challenge on Thursday.

The IAM Cycling rider edged out compatriot Elia Viviani and Spain’s Jose Joaquin Rojas in a sprint finish to the line of the 175.5-kilometre ride from Santanyi to Campos.

France’s highly-fancied Nacer Bouhanni was back in fourth with British rider Ben Swift in seventh.

Friday’s 149km stage takes the riders from Andratx to Mirador d’Es Colomer.

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