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Escapee Rasmus Iversen breaks collarbone in Mallorca; Tim Wellens fifth

31/01/2019

The first European race for Lotto Soudal ended with mixed feelings. Rasmus Iversen made his debut as a pro rider and immediately went on the attack, joined by two other riders. Their advantage reached a maximum of seven minutes, but Movistar took the initiative in the peloton to catch the break. During the stage, Iversen stood out on the climbs and seemed to take the mountain classification and most aggressive rider award, but unfortunately, the Danish rider broke his collarbone, caused by a massive crash. Iversen was taken to the hospital in Manacor and will be out of competition for a couple of weeks. On the final climb to San Salvador, Jesus Herrada attacked at the right moment and rode to victory. Tim Wellens was also involved in a crash after 50 kilometres of racing and has some abrasions. The Belgian Lotto Soudal rider finished fifth today.

Marc Sergeant: “The plan was for Brian van Goethem and Rasmus Iversen to get into a breakaway but only if WorldTour teams joined. Before he realised it, Rasmus was at the front of the race, together with two other riders. That way, Movistar had to take the initiative and we could hide in the bunch. Rasmus took the KOM points on the three climbs and even when they got caught, he took second place on the fourth climb. But only moments later, he was one of the main victims of a massive crash. It was immediately clear that he broke his collarbone. Talking of mixed feelings… His first race as a pro, immediately 140 kilometres on the attack and breaking your collarbone. That makes already two riders out of competition during the coming weeks after Jelle Wallays crashed in Argentina.”

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