The world champions prefer Challenge Cyclist Mallorca to kick off the new European season. The highlight of 2019 was the debut of former champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) in the “rainbow” jersey. In 2020, he will not miss this traditional departure from the race calendar, but without the jersey.
The guiding light for this pro road race event will be another great cyclist, who is keen to have a perfect pre-season with this challenge.
The new world champion (Yorkshire Worldchampionships in 2019), the Danish Mads Pedersen (currently Trek-Segafredo), will start the 2020 season with the Tour Down Under at the end of the month and later with the Belgian Classics, in view of a sucessful 2020 season when lining up in the opening race of the Challenge Cyclist Mallorca.
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It’s no news that Majorca is a paradise for professionals and amateurs, although we can rarely enjoy the presence of these superb cyclists on our roads!
Thanks to cycling applications such as Strava and the social networks of professional cyclists, we can know almost in real time where the pros and Strava's profile of the INEOS Team runners train during these days. It will leave you stunned!
And Geraint Thomas has taken his pre-season training in Mallorca very seriously! What better way to explore Majorca to enjoy its amazing landscapes and roads than a complete tour of the island, similar to the tour of the @Mallorca312!
Given that last year, Geraint Thomas himself acknowledged that he had relaxed excessively in preseason, after conquering his first Tour de France. Despite this, in 2019 he finished 2nd in the gala round, behind his teammate Egan Bernal.
The British cyclist, aged 33, is currently in Mallorca, in the pre-Christmas concentration of the INEOS Team.
Thomas uploaded a photo of his Garmin to social networks: a total of 309.4 km in eight hours and 35 minutes, at an average speed of 36 km/h. A true luxury for cyclists who crossed paths with their idols in this first great preseason, although they could keep up with them for only a while.
Taking a look at Strava's profiles, we see that some of his teammates accompanied him in part of the journey, but, according to his data, none completed the more than 300 kilometers that Thomas made.
Filippo Ganna traveled 167 km in five and a half hours, while MichałKwiatkowski and the new signing Richard Carapaz did not reach 100: the Polish cyclist made 67 and the Ecuadorian, 93.
Ethan Hayter, another of the new ones of the INEOS Team for 2020, aged 21, was the one that approached more, with 181 km in almost 6 hours.
Source: Revista Triatlón
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