Sacha Modolo wins in Jesolo
Sacha Modolo wins in JesoloAfter the second stage win in this year’s Giro d’Italia by Diego Ulissi, TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA only had to wait one week until Sacha Modolo got a perfect lead-out by his team mates and sprinted to the win for stage 13. Meanwhile Ilia Koshevoy is wearing the jersey of the best young rider at the Tour of Japan.
One day after Diego Ulissi’s stage win in Fiuggi, Przemyslaw Niemiec made sure that TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA was represented in the escape group of the day. But on the final climb to Campitello Matese the Polish rider was unable to match the pace of the fastest opponents. At the end of the ninth stage a large group of attackers went for the stage win, and unfortunately no rider in blue, fuchsia and MERIDA green was part of that group. A bit surprisingly the win at the end of the tenth stage went to one of the attackers as well as the group of the day crossed the finish line 18 seconds ahead of the peloton. Sacha Modolo was 2nd in the sprint of that peloton, finishing the stage in 6th.
During the next two stages a number of tricky descents on wet roads made for frantic racing and a lot of crashes. While TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA only had one rider in the first group on the way to Imola with Manuele Mori, things looked much more promising for the demanding finale of the 12th stage: In the pouring rain Diego Ulissi managed to rejoin the group of the overall contenders just in time to contest the sprint for the stage win up the climb to Monte Berico. Although Ulissi had no chance to beat Philippe Gilbert, he crossed the finish line in 3rd on Alberto Contador’s wheel, proving once again that he’s a force to be reckoned with in demanding finishes.
On the 13th stage that finished in the beach resort of Jesolo, TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA showed that 13 is not necessarily an unlucky number. As the rain fell from the start to the finish this stage was a true test for the riders’ perseverance. Luckily the sprint train of TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA had moved up in the peloton pretty early as a huge pile-up occured with 3.2 kilometers to go. Unfazed by this Roberto Ferrari and Max Richeze performed a perfect job, piloting Sacha Modolo onto the finishing straight in an ideal position. The latter did not let this chance slip, scoring his first career stage win at the Giro d’Italia. No wonder Modolo celebrated this victory enthusiastically.
TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA is currently competing at the one-week Tour of Japan as well with six riders. And these riders have already scored a number of top5 results. At the prologue in Sakai Niccolo Bonifazio was the fastest rider of the team in 11th, and one day later Luka Pibernik made it to the podium by finishing in 3rd. At the end of the 3rd stage Bonifazio crossed the line in 5th, and with Valerio Conti in 4th and Luka Pibernik in 5th even two riders in blue, fuchsia and MERIDA green made it into the top5 in stage 4. The most demanding stage on the slopes of Mt.Fuji saw Ilia Koshevoy as the best rider of the team finish in 11th, which put him in the white jersey of the best young rider.
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