Posted by Editoress on 02/10/14
Modolo doubles up on Mallorca
Sacha Modolo has managed to pull a spectacular double at the beginning of the Mallorca Challenge: After winning the Trofeo Palma, Lampre-Merida's sprinter was again the first to cross the finish line at the Trofeo Ses Salines, celebrating his second victory in two days.
After the mostly flat first race of the Mallorca Challenge, the Trofeo Ses Salines on the second day featured some hills and an uphill finishing straight. The distance was quite a bit longer as well with 183 kilometres (the Trofeo Palma was 116km). Compared to the day before, Lampre-Merida changed its line-up in just one position: José Serpa conceded his position to Chris Horner, allowing the American winner of 2013's Vuelta a Espana his race debut in blue, fuchsia and Merida-green.
Initially a group of six attackers set off, with Lampre-Merida taking charge of things in the first positions of the peloton to keep the advantage of the lead group in check. The team got a helping hand from teams Sky and Omega Pharma-Quick Step as the day went on. As soon as the last two attackers had been reeled in, the focus turned to preparing for the bunch sprint in the streets of Santany.
As the last lead-out man, Max Richeze made sure that Sacha Modolo was well positioned throughout the many twists and turns of the final kilometres. As a result of this effort, Modolo could start his sprint on the ascending finishing straight from the best possible position, distancing his closest competitors by a bike length on the finish line. For Sacha Modolo this was the second win on two consecutive days and the third win of the still young season.
Lampre-Merida press release
The Mallorca Challenge sees Antoine Duchesne make his debut with Team Europcar.
Results from the first 2 days of the Mallorca Challenge in Spain
|Trofeo Palma de Mallorca (February 9th): 116 km|
|1 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida||2:29:12|
|2 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol|
|3 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke|
|4 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick Step|
|5 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis|
|6 Jon Aberasturi (Esp) Team Euskadi|
|7 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE|
|8 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk|
|9 Davide Vigano (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros|
|10 Yoeri Havik (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke|
|56 Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEDGE|
|82 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar||all s.t.|
|Ses Salines to Santanyí , 183 km|
|1 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida||4:07:53|
|2 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky|
|3 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick Step|
|4 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick Step|
|5 Vicente Reynes (Esp) Iam Cycling|
|6 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE|
|7 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick Step|
|8 Fco. José Ventoso (Esp) Movistar Team|
|9 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar|
|10 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka||all s.t.|
|28 Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEDGE||0:10|
|104 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar||0:52|
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