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Sacha Modolo wins 5th stage of Tour de Suisse


Sacha Modolo wins 5th stage of Tour de Suisse

TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA has returned to success at the Tour de Suisse: After a couple of top10 results, Sacha Modolo managed to beat Peter Sagan at the end of the 5th stage, celebrating his 7th win of the season.

This year's Tour de Suisse started with a short time trial in Bellinzona that included a lengthy climb and a demanding descent. Rui Costa decided not to take too big risks and finished in 28th. Mattia Cattaneo however was the day's pleasant surprise, finishing in 10th as the fastest rider of TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA. On the second day the riders were facing the three alpine passes Gotthard, Furka and Grimsel. While three attackers went for the stage win in Sarnen, no significant changes resulted in the overall standings.

Of the final 60 kilometres of the third stage hardly one kilometre was flat. This caused the peloton to split up into multiple groups. Rui Costa still had Mattia Cattaneo and Rafael Valls Ferri at his disposal in the finale. TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA's world champion contested the sprint for the victory, but he had no chance against Peter Sagan and finished in 7th. After this tough start into the race, the fourth stage was the first opportunity for the pure-bred sprinters to shine. As expected Sacha Modolo went to the front: He launched his sprint from the rear wheel of Mark Cavendish, but he lacked some top speed and had to settle for 4th.

The fifth stage was another chance for the sprinters, and the three attackers of the day were reeled in with 10 kilometres to go to the finish in Büren an der Aare. A frantic finale was to follow as the final kilometre offered a couple of challenges: The road was narrow and ever so slightly ascending, and it featured a number of turns. Thus positioning on the last couple of kilometres was crucial. Max Richeze made good use of all of his experience to pilot Sacha Modolo into a good position. And in the end TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA also was lucky as a number of riders crashed in the penultimate turn.

Sacha Modolo escaped this crash unscathed as he dived into the penultimate turn in 4th position, glued to Peter Sagan's wheel. On the way to the final corner TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA's rider managed to pull up to the Slovak, and then he managed to pass him in the last corner, allowing him to start sprinting from the leading position. One day before his 27th birthday Modolo made no mistake and finished off his job: He kept Peter Sagan behind him on the short finish straight and sprinted to his 7th win of the season - the most valuable victory of his career thus far. For TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA this was the 13th victory of the season.

"I knew that today's finale was to my liking, and I really wanted to compete for the win with Peter Sagan. It's all the more satisfying for both me and the team that I have managed to win this stage", Sacha Modolo commented after his victory. He was forced to take a lengthy break after having crashed out of Paris-Roubaix, but he looks to be back to his best shape in time for the summer's highlights.

Tour de Suisse 2014

Stage 5, Ossingen - Büren a. Aare (183.6km)
1. Sacha Modolo, ITA/TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA, in 4:08.06 hours
2. Peter Sagan, SLO, st
3. John Degenkolb, GER, st