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Mallorca Challenge Days 1 and 2 – Modolo Doubles Up as Canada’s Duchesne Debuts

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Sacha Modolo (ITA)  ©  BettiniPhoto

February 11, 2014 (Mallorca) – Sacha Modolo has managed to pull a spectacular double at the beginning of the Mallorca Challenge: After winning the Trofeo Palma, Team Lampre-Merida’s sprinter also was 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 ascending finishing straight. And the distance was quite a bit longer as well with 183 kilometres. Compared to the day before, Team 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.

At first however a group of six attackers set off, with Team 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 stage 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.

(l-r) Ben Swift, Sacha Modolo, and Gianni Meersman  ©  BettiniPhoto

(l-r) Ben Swift, Sacha Modolo, and Gianni Meersman [P] BettiniPhoto

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.

Canada’s Antoine Duchesne made his first appearance racing for Team Europcar.

Feb. 9 – Trofeo Palma de Mallorca – 116km
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

56. Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge
82. Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar    

Feb. 10 – Ses Salines to Santanyí – 183km
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

28. Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge    0:10
104. Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar     0:52

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