Trofeo Palma: Modolo wins opening race of Mallorca Challenge

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) TeamResult
1Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida2:29:12 
2Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
3Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
4Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick Step  
5Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis  
6Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Team Euskadi  
7Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
8Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
9Davide Vigano (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros  
10Yoeri Havik (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
11Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka  
12Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar  
13Vicente Reynes (Spa) Iam Cycling  
14Konrad Dabkowski (Pol) Activejet Team  
15Arakdiusz Owsian (Pol) Activejet Team  
16Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
17Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
18Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin Sharp  
19David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp  
20Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
21Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
22Joachim Tolles (Ger) Team Kuota  
23Ralf Matzka (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
24Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Iam Cycling  
25Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
26André Benoit (Ger) Team Kuota  
27Federico Butto (Ita) Burgos-BH  
28Pawel Franczak (Pol) Activejet Team  
29Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
30Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team  
31Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Team Euskadi  
32Fco. José Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team  
33Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
34Luis Mas (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros  
35Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
36Dex Groen (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
37Juan Carlos Riutort (Spa) Burgos-BH  
38Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
39Michal Podlaski (Pol) Activejet Team  
40Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis  
41David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky  
42Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
43Jesus Ezquerra (Spa) Activejet Team  
44Pawel Brylowski (Pol) Activejet Team  
45Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
46Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
47Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky  
48Andre Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp  
49Mikel Aristi (Spa) Team Euskadi  
50Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
51Mario Gonzalez (Spa) Activejet Team  
52Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar  
53Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
54Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos-BH  
55Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
56Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge  
57Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
58Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis  
59Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge  
60Benat Txoperena (Spa) Team Euskadi  
61Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp - Endura  
62Martin Wesmann (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
63Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk  
64Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
65Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick Step  
66Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin Sharp  
67Micha Glowatzki (Ger) Team Kuota  
68Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros  
69Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
70Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
71Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Team Euskadi  
72Tomasz Mickiewicz (Pol) Activejet Team  
73Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp - Endura  
74Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin Sharp  
75Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
76Maxi.Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida  
77Iker Camano (Spa) Team Netapp - Endura  
78Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros  
79Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) Iam Cycling  
80Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team  
81Xabier Zandio (Spa) Team Sky  
82Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar  
83Daniel Westmattelmann (Ger) Team Kuota  
84Jonas Rapp (Ger) Team Kuota  
85Sergio Pardilla (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka  
86Patrick Schelling (Swi) Iam Cycling  
87Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura  
88Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Team Katusha  
89Florian Monreal (Ger) Team Kuota  
90Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar  
91David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
92Sergio L. Henao (Col) Team Sky  
93Frantisek Padour (Cze) Team Netapp - Endura  
94Ramon Domene (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros  
95Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Team Katusha  
96Jose Serpa (Col) Lampre-Merida  
97Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
98Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick Step  
99Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick Step  
100Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp  
101Jhoan Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge  
102Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp  
103Ander Arranz (Spa) Burgos-BH  
104Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge  
105Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha  
106Jesus Del_Pino (Spa) Burgos-BH  
107Alvaro Robredo (Spa) Burgos-BH  
108Carlos Barbero (Spa) Team Euskadi  
109Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha  
110Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick Step  
111Javier_Fco Aramendia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros  
112Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team  
113Unai Arranz (Spa) Burgos-BH  
114Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
115Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
116Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros  
117Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp - Endura  
118Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
119Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick Step  
120Romain Zingle (Fra) Cofidis  
121Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
122Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team  
123Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Kuota  
124Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros  
125José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
126Huub Duyn (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
127David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH  
128Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
129Haritz Orbe (Spa) Team Euskadi  
130Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros  
131Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
132Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar  
133Roger Kluge (Ger) Iam Cycling  
134Victor Etxebarria (Spa) Team Euskadi  
135Pirmin Lang (Swi) Iam Cycling  
136Kenny De_Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
137David Muntaner (Spa) Activejet Team  
138Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
139Egoitz Garcia (Spa) Cofidis  
140Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Iam Cycling  
141Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
142Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
143Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
144Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha  
145Philipp Becker (Ger) Team Kuota  
146Ronan Van_Zandbeek (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
147Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis  
148Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
149Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick Step  
150Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida  
151Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
152Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge  
153Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team  
154Jurgen V.D. Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
155Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
156Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura  
157Johann Van_Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
158Alex Howes (USA) Garmin Sharp  
159Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
160Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
161Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick Step  
162Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida  
163Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin Sharp  
164Dion Beukeboom (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
165Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
166Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick Step  
167Thomas Raeymaekers (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk  
168Jan Deutschmann (Ger) Team Kuota  
169Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:17 
170Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis0:00:19 
171Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:00:29 
172Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
173Jani Tewelde (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:39 
174Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky0:00:40 
175Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Team Euskadi0:00:43 
176Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:47 
177Victor Martin (Spa) Burgos-BH0:00:57 
178Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge  
179Ruud Cremers (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:03:03 
180David De_La_Cruz (Spa) Team Netapp - Endura0:03:38 
DNFKobus Hereijgers (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
DNSMathias Frank (Swi) Iam Cycling  
DNSIvan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenEdge  

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