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Sacha Modolo wins in Lugano as well


Sacha Modolo wins in Lugano as well

TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA could fully rely on its well attuned lead-out train at the end of the Giro d’Italia’s 17th stage: Both Roberto Ferrari and Max Richeze gave yet another example of their class on the last couple of kilometers, and Sacha Modolo managed to crown their work with his second stage win, the fourth stage win for his team at this year’s Giro d’Italia.

The 17th stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia offered the rider a welcome opportunity to recover from the strains of the last couple of days. And the eight remaining riders of TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA were no exception in this regard. After multiple rain-soaked days the sun was out right from the start in Tirano. On top of that the stage only featured one lengthy climb that came soon after the start in Tirano. The fact that the group of the day consisted of only three riders made the controlling duties for the peloton all the more easy.

And so things turned out the way they had to: The three attackers were reeled in with 30 kilometers to go, and after that a series of attacks got neutralized quickly by the peloton. On the last couple of kilometers leading to the finish on Lugano’s lakeside promenade, two well-known riders tried to profit from the twisting and turning finale that also featured a tricky climb in order to get away from the peloton and avoid a bunch sprint. But Philippe Gilbert and Luca Paolini were both reeled in as well.

TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA moved up to the front of the peloton on the penultimate kilometer. Roberto Ferrari kept the pace up and himself in the lead of the bunch before Max Richeze took over and made sure that Sacha Modolo got to launch his sprint from the best-possible position. And Sacha Modolo delivered in style: He accelerated at the exact right moment and left all the other sprinters behind by half a bicycle length and more. For Modolo this was the second stage win at this year’s Giro d’Italia while TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA scored its fourth stage win, making it the most successful team at the race thus far.

The day before offered less reasons to celebrate: Przemyslaw Niemiec did his best to get into a group of attackers during the two stages in the Dolomites. The plan was to use such a group as a springboard to go for a stage win. This did not work out on the way to Madonna di Campiglio however, and on the way to Aprica the group containing Niemiec got caught early on. To make matters worse the gruesomely steep Mortirolo climb claimed a first victim in blue. fuchsia and MERIDA green: China’s Xu Gang abandoned the race in the 16th stage, but until then he had put great efforts into the service of the team.

98th Giro d’Italia

Stage 17: Tirano - Lugano, 134km

1. Sacha Modolo, ITA/TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA, in 3:07.51 hours
2. Giacomo Nizzolo, ITA, st
3. Luka Mezgec, SVN, st