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Wellens & Wallays add victory number 3 and 4 

Both Belgians win in the Challenge Mallorca and Vuelta a San Juan
Tim Wellens en Jelle Wallays have added two more victories in the team’s inaugural races of the new season. Where André Greipel has won in his first 2018 kilometers Down Under, Wellens crossed the line first in the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, part of the Challenge Mallorca. Jelle Wallays did the same in the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina.

The hard labor during the winter months is already paying off for the Lotto Soudal boys. The rider’s start of the season was divided between three races: the Tour Down Under, the Challenge Mallorca and the Vuelta a San Juan. All three competitions immediately offered wins for the red and white squad, which provided a very satisfying start of the season.

The weekend had begun with Tim Wellens defeating Gianni Moscon and Alejandro Valverde in the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana. Wellens had won this race the year before, so he knew he had chances to win again. With about 50 km to go five riders went in the attack: Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Moscon (Sky), Valverde (Movistar), Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo). All riders tried to force a final decision, but it didn’t happen until Wellens and Moscon created a gap. Wellens took the lead and he kept Moscon in second position so he could throw his hands in the air.

One day later Wallays went in the early breakaway and he was the only rider who managed to stay in front of the bunch. He left his companions behind in the final kilometers and the peloton wasn’t able to catch the Belgian anymore. Wallays is mainly known as a domestique rider, so this win pleased him to no end. 

With Greipel's victory on the Noah SL, Wellens win on his Helium SLX and Wallays ride to victory on the Fenix SL all our bikes have already crossed the finish line first this season.