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Trofeo Palma: Modolo wins opening race of Mallorca Challenge

Daniel Benson

Italian takes victory after photo finish

Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) picked up his second win of the season in a hotly contested sprint at the Trofeo Palma de Mallorca, on Sunday.

The Italian held off the challenge from Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Belisol) and Dylan Groenewegen (Cyclingteam de Rijke) and, despite Groenewegen lifting his arms in the air when he crossed the line, Modolo was awarded the win by the race commissaries after a photo finish.

It was Modolo’s second win in his new Lampre colours after he opened his season’s account at the Tour de San Luis in January.

“Three or four riders came up to me really close to the line because I was fading, 30 or 40 metres from the line, and it ended up being a photo-finish. Somebody else put their hands up but it was me who won!" said Modolo.

The Trofeo Palma, the road season opening event in Spain, began under bright skies in the Mallorca capital. For the majority of the peloton it was the first opportunity to catch up after a period of hibernation and winter training. Freshly shaved legs, a few extra kilos but broader than usual smiles, the race with its relaxed atmosphere is a world away from the pressures of the grand tours.

And the peloton couldn’t have had a gentler opening race to kick-start the four day event with a 12km circuit around Palma. Riders can also swap in and out of the races on a day to day basis, as Bradley Wiggins and Chris Horner chose to today when they appeared for the teams’ presentation before going their separate ways on training rides.

In the opening circuits of the race a five man group established a slight lead. Alex Howes (Garmin Sharp) in his first race of the year, slipped clear with compatriot Ian Boswell (Team Sky), Alexandre Pichot (Europcar), the ever-aggressive Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural) and Ronan Van Zandbeek (Cyclingteam de Rijke). Although their lead barely troubled the peloton they worked together along the coastal roads, establishing a minute’s lead.

Behind them, Lampre controlled affairs at the front of the bunch but the pace, still relatively subdued, allowed for those at the back to continue to reminisce over their winter training efforts.

Orica GreenEdge and Team Sky soon joined the Italian WorldTour team at the front end of the bunch and with 20km remaining the break had been neutralised. But with such a sprinter-friendly circuit and so many teams looking for a bunch gallop, the chances of another meaningful attack were slim.

While the willingness for the sprint may have been almost unanimous, there was nothing controlled about the finale, as sprint train after sprint train fractured under the stress of controlling the race. Through the confusion came Modolo, who took matters into his own hands with a risky dash for the line with 300 meters to go.

Groenewegen, arms up, was confident he’d crossed the line first. It would have been a major result for his team but, when the commissars began calling Modolo to the podium, Groenewegen’s smiles were replaced with anger and frustration. Not such a friendly, tense-free opener after all.

Full Results

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# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
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    
6 Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Team Euskadi    
7 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
8 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk    
9 Davide Vigano (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros    
10 Yoeri Havik (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
11 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka    
12 Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar    
13 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Iam Cycling    
14 Konrad Dabkowski (Pol) Activejet Team    
15 Arakdiusz Owsian (Pol) Activejet Team    
16 Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
17 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky    
18 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin Sharp    
19 David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp    
20 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar    
21 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
22 Joachim Tolles (Ger) Team Kuota    
23 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura    
24 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Iam Cycling    
25 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk    
26 André Benoit (Ger) Team Kuota    
27 Federico Butto (Ita) Burgos-BH    
28 Pawel Franczak (Pol) Activejet Team    
29 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha    
30 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team    
31 Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Team Euskadi    
32 Fco. José Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team    
33 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar    
34 Luis Mas (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros    
35 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky    
36 Dex Groen (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
37 Juan Carlos Riutort (Spa) Burgos-BH    
38 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
39 Michal Podlaski (Pol) Activejet Team    
40 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis    
41 David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky    
42 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
43 Jesus Ezquerra (Spa) Activejet Team    
44 Pawel Brylowski (Pol) Activejet Team    
45 Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk    
46 Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team    
47 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky    
48 Andre Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp    
49 Mikel Aristi (Spa) Team Euskadi    
50 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk    
51 Mario Gonzalez (Spa) Activejet Team    
52 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar    
53 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar    
54 Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos-BH    
55 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky    
56 Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge    
57 Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
58 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis    
59 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge    
60 Benat Txoperena (Spa) Team Euskadi    
61 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp - Endura    
62 Martin Wesmann (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
63 Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk    
64 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team    
65 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick Step    
66 Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin Sharp    
67 Micha Glowatzki (Ger) Team Kuota    
68 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros    
69 Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
70 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
71 Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Team Euskadi    
72 Tomasz Mickiewicz (Pol) Activejet Team    
73 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp - Endura    
74 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin Sharp    
75 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
76 Maxi.Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida    
77 Iker Camano (Spa) Team Netapp - Endura    
78 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros    
79 Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) Iam Cycling    
80 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team    
81 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Team Sky    
82 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar    
83 Daniel Westmattelmann (Ger) Team Kuota    
84 Jonas Rapp (Ger) Team Kuota    
85 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka    
86 Patrick Schelling (Swi) Iam Cycling    
87 Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura    
88 Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Team Katusha    
89 Florian Monreal (Ger) Team Kuota    
90 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar    
91 David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk    
92 Sergio L. Henao (Col) Team Sky    
93 Frantisek Padour (Cze) Team Netapp - Endura    
94 Ramon Domene (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros    
95 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Team Katusha    
96 Jose Serpa (Col) Lampre-Merida    
97 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
98 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick Step    
99 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick Step    
100 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp    
101 Jhoan Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge    
102 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp    
103 Ander Arranz (Spa) Burgos-BH    
104 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge    
105 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha    
106 Jesus Del_Pino (Spa) Burgos-BH    
107 Alvaro Robredo (Spa) Burgos-BH    
108 Carlos Barbero (Spa) Team Euskadi    
109 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha    
110 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick Step    
111 Javier_Fco Aramendia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros    
112 Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team    
113 Unai Arranz (Spa) Burgos-BH    
114 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
115 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha    
116 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros    
117 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp - Endura    
118 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
119 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick Step    
120 Romain Zingle (Fra) Cofidis    
121 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha    
122 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team    
123 Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Kuota    
124 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros    
125 José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team    
126 Huub Duyn (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
127 David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH    
128 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
129 Haritz Orbe (Spa) Team Euskadi    
130 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros    
131 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
132 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar    
133 Roger Kluge (Ger) Iam Cycling    
134 Victor Etxebarria (Spa) Team Euskadi    
135 Pirmin Lang (Swi) Iam Cycling    
136 Kenny De_Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
137 David Muntaner (Spa) Activejet Team    
138 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team    
139 Egoitz Garcia (Spa) Cofidis    
140 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Iam Cycling    
141 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida    
142 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
143 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team    
144 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha    
145 Philipp Becker (Ger) Team Kuota    
146 Ronan Van_Zandbeek (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
147 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis    
148 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team    
149 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick Step    
150 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida    
151 Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk    
152 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge    
153 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team    
154 Jurgen V.D. Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
155 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
156 Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura    
157 Johann Van_Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
158 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin Sharp    
159 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
160 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
161 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick Step    
162 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida    
163 Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin Sharp    
164 Dion Beukeboom (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
165 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha    
166 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick Step    
167 Thomas Raeymaekers (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk    
168 Jan Deutschmann (Ger) Team Kuota    
169 Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka 0:00:17  
170 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis 0:00:19  
171 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:29  
172 Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
173 Jani Tewelde (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka 0:00:39  
174 Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky 0:00:40  
175 Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Team Euskadi 0:00:43  
176 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka 0:00:47  
177 Victor Martin (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:00:57  
178 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge    
179 Ruud Cremers (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk 0:03:03  
180 David De_La_Cruz (Spa) Team Netapp - Endura 0:03:38  
DNF Kobus Hereijgers (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
DNS Mathias Frank (Swi) Iam Cycling    
DNS Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenEdge