Trek-Segafredo kicked off their European season in style as young Italian sprinter Matteo Moschetti won the first day of the four-day Challenge Mallorca on Thursday. Moschetti took the win ahead of Pascal Ackermann (BORA – hansgrohe) and Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA).
“Alexander Kamp did a real good job to control the race, and then, in the end, all the guys were amazing,” said an elated Moschetti. “They started with (Alex) Kirsch, (Quinn) Simmons, Ryan (Mullen), Jasper (Stuyven), and then Emils (Liepins) was a perfect lead-out. The victory of today, I have to say thank you to all the guys because they were perfect, and I just finalized their work.”
The Trofeo Felanitx, Ses Salines, Campos, Porreres was expected to finish in a bunch sprint, and Trek-Segafredo helped to control the 170-kilometre race with Dane Alexander Kamp helping to keep the breakaway in check.
With the break brought back, Trek-Segafredo’s plan was two-fold: Jasper Stuyven was ready for a late flyer with Moschetti ready for the sprint if that did not pan-out, but when the race wound up in the final kilometres, Stuyven, instead, was prominent on the front.
“In the end, Jasper decided to go for the lead-out, and a big thanks to him because he took a good decision for me and also for the team,” explained Moschetti.
“The final was tricky with the two last corners, and also the roundabout, but like I said, the guys did a perfect job – really perfect. We are a strong team, and today we proved this,” added Moschetti.
“To start the season with a win means a lot for me because last year it was not easy. I had two bad crashes, so I want to prove, first to myself, and then to all the people that I am at a good level and I can win some races, so I am really happy.”