Gianni Meersman wins Trofeo Platja de Muro in Mallorca as Ben Swift sprints to third
Gianni Meersman won the Trofeo Platja de Muro in Mallorca as Ben Swift sprinted to third place.
Last Updated: 13/02/14 2:20pm
Team Sky rider Swift followed up his second place in Monday's Trofeo Ses Salines with another strong showing in the last of four one-day races collectively known as Challenge Mallorca.
It has been a productive week for the 26-year-old, who has been making his comeback from shoulder surgery at the end of last season.
Meersman's triumph was Omega Pharma - Quick-Step's second successive win on the Spanish island, after Michal Kwiatkowski's solo victory in the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana on Tuesday.
The undulating, 162km race contained four category-two climbs, including the renowned Coll de Puig Major, but a flat 40km run to the finish in Port d'Alcudia ensured it ended in a bunch sprint.
Meersman proved too strong for his rivals, with Movistar's Fran Ventoso narrowly beating Swift to second.
1 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, 3:50:07
2 Fran Ventoso (Spa) Movistar, same time
3 Ben Swift (GB) Team Sky, st
4 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida, st
5 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana, st
6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky, st
7 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge, st
8 Sergei Chernetskiy (Rus) Katusha, st
9 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Europcar, st
10 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp, st