World-Class Professional Field Heads to CHALLENGE Peguera-Mallorca

Friday 14 October 2022

When the start gun sounds early this Saturday for Challenge Peguera-Mallorca, we can expect an exciting battle. A strong field is heading to the Spanish island to race, not only for the win, but also to seize one of the last opportunities to earn precious points for the US$125k Challenge Family Pro Athlete World Bonus.

In the men’s race, Spain’s Pablo Dapena Gonzalez is lining up as favourite with the added advantage of racing at home and knowing the island’s conditions perfectly. Challenge Peguera-Mallorca is a testing course with considerable altitude gain on the bike and also, to a lesser degree, the run. Perhaps the biggest competitor for Dapena Gonzalez is the young Dutchman, Niek Heldoorn.

Heldoorn won Challenge Malta earlier this year and recently came in second at the European Long Distance Championships at Challenge Almere-Amsterdam. Heldoorn is young and eager and is currently sitting second in the Challenge Family World Bonus; only Sam Long is ahead of him. But if Heldoorn finishes first or second in Mallorca, he will take over the lead in the World Bonus standings, forcing Long to race and place top six at Clash Daytona in December to regain his pole position. With US$25k for first place, there is a lot on the line!

Outside of the race for the World Bonus, there are 48 professional men looking to make their mark at Challenge Peguera-Mallorca, including William Mennesson (FRA), recently second at Challenge Sanremo, Lukas Kocar (CZE), Victor Arroyo Burgallo (ESP), Jonas Hoffman (GER), Sam Wade (GBR), Thomas Navarro (FRA) and Thomas Bishop (GBR).
The women’s race is also strong and on paper Imogen Simmonds (SUI) appears to be favourite out of the 25 lining up. She finished second in Mallorca last year behind her compatriot Nicola Spirig. Strong competition for Simmonds will come from Fenella Langridge (GBR), who is racing just one week after her sixth place in Kona, and Sara Pérez Sala (ESP. Pérez Sala, like Dapena Gonzalez, enjoys the home advantage and it’s certain the locals will turn out en-masse to give her huge encouragement. This will undoubtedly give her wings.

But Langridge has a lot to lose, she too currently holds top position in the World Bonus and must finish in the top five if she is to prevent Pérez Sala, currently in second, tying for the top spot with a win. Further down the World Bonus, Lucy Byram (GBR) and Margie Santimaria (ITA) both have the opportunity to boost their end of season earnings with a strong performance in Mallorca.

MALE PRO:
1 Dapena Pablo 
2 Kocar Lukas 
3 Brons Milan 
4 Arroyo Burgallo Victor 
5 Hoffmann Jonas 
6 Wade Sam 
7 Heldoorn Niek 
8 Navarro Thomas
9 Palmer Harry 
10 Hinrichs Jesse 
11 Salvisberg Florin 
12 Grue Kristian 
13 Scott-Farrington James 
14 Pizzeghella Andrea 
15 Manya Roger 
16 Draper Will 
17 Bishop Thomas 
18 Van de Walle Vincent 
19 Enzenberger Georg 
20 Nadal Clar Joan 
21 Halliwell Brett 
22 Marchelli Michele 
23 Nybo Riis Jesper 
24 Silio Ouvrier-Buf Nahuel 
25 Hradil Pavel 
26 Rohde Maximilian 
27 Van Vooren Brecht 
28 Erhardts Julian
29 Castellà Serra Vicenç 
30 Gundersen Jørgen 
31 Trunk Christian 
32 Berggren Alexander 
33 Artigues Ramis Francesc 
34 Ott Thomas 
35 wayaffe jonathan 
36 Rossetti Davide 
37 Krelle Timo 
38 Säfström Kristoffer 
39 Dräger Calvin 
40 Bogen Rico 
41 Esbri Estell Danil 
42 Verstraete Edouard 
43 Wäger Joan 
44 Lorenz Nils 
45 Andersson Dennis 
46 Montanari Matteo  
47 Vanhalst Thomas 
48 Diez Rodríguez Julen 
49 Bolbat Marcel 
50|Txopitea Elorriag Mikel 

FEMALE PRO:
81 Langridge Fenella 
82 Pérez Sala Sara 
83 Simmonds Imogen 
84 Reischmann Anne 
85 Byram Lucy 
86 Toundeur Alexandra 
87 Gómez Ramón Laura 
88 Santimaria Margie 
89 Jansen Laura 
90 Komander Ewa 
91 Verstuyft Katrien 
92 Bonner Sarah 
93 Arlom Hanna 
94 Kolarova Hana 
95 Timm Annika 
96 Stückrad Sophia 
97 Nyitray Elizabeth 
98 Nilsson Jenny 
99 Livesey Caroline
100 D'Angeli Valentina
101 Pohle Caroline 
102 Reng Franziska 
103 Siffert Alanis 
104 McDonald Megan

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