Mallorca Challenge adds Cofidis, Direct Energie to 2019 line-up

The sun was out for the Challenge Mallorca races

The organisers of the Challenge Mallorca have confirmed five Pro Continental teams for their series of one-day races later this month, in addition to the six WorldTour teams that have already been named. The full line-up is yet to be confirmed but Movistar, Bora-Hansgrohe, Lotto Soudal and Trek-Segafredo will be present and correct on the island for the first race on January 31, while Team Sky will not race. Katusha-Alpecin and UAE Team Emirates are the other two WorldTour squads named for the event, while Caja-Rural, Cofidis, Team Murias, Sport Vlaanderen and Direct Energie are the confirmed Pro Continental teams. That is three fewer second-division teams than in 2018. Last year saw eight named among the 18 teams on the start line. However, it is an increase of one WorldTour team over the previous edition. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Fabio Aru and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) ...

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