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Sacha Modolo doubles up in China


Sacha Modolo doubles up in China

Just one day after his stage win in Haikou Sacha Modolo doubled up in China: TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA’s Italian sprinter also managed to win the Tour of Hainan’s longest stage, crowing a picture-book team work.

Before winning the third stage of the Tour of Hainan, Sacha Modolo had been without a win for five months - a hard time for a sprinter. But after his stage win in Haikou, TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA’s Italian sprinter got the hang of it. As a consequence Modolo also managed to win the longest stage of the nine-day race in China’s Southwest. But before this happened 237 tough kilometers had to be covered en route to Chengmai, and the heat proved to be one of the main challenges for the riders. To make matters more complicated, five riders had attacked early and needed to be reeled in to keep the sprinters in contention.

In this chase for the attackers the riders in blue, fuchsia and MERIDA green could rely on the assistance of other teams that thought its sprinter might have a chance for the stage win. But the finish clearly suited Modolo: „As the finishing straight featured a slight ascent and my form is very good at the moment, I knew before the start that a stage win was within reach today. Thanks to the picture-book lead-out by the entire team and Roberto Ferrari in particular, I could launch my sprint from the best position possible, allowing me to win the stage“, TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA’s sprinter commented after his second stage win within just as many days. With this stage win Modolo also took over the lead in the overall standings and the points’ standings.

„We have to see how the following stages will develop. As we’ve got a leader’s jersey to defend by now we cannot rely on the other teams lending us a helping hand when it comes to neutralizing attacks“, Sacha Modolo commented after his 2nd stage win. As the second half of the Tour of Hainan will be featuring some mountainous terrain as well, Modolo’s lead in the overall standings seems to be rather short-lived. After all, TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA’s designated leader for the overall standings at the Tour of Hainan is young Italian Valerio Conti.

Tour of Hainan
Etappe 4: Haikou - Chengmai, 237km

1. Sacha Modolo, ITA/TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA, in 5:41.28 hours
2. Brenton Jones, AUS, st
3. Benjamin Giraud, FRA, st

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