Modolo doubles up in Mallorca Challenge

Italian wins sprint over Swift, Meersman

Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) continued his winning streak on Mallorca at the Trofeo Ses Salines.

The Italian beat Ben Swift (Sky) and Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) on the uphill finish to take his second victory in as many days. He is only the second Italian to win two stages at the race since sprinter Mario Cipollini did so in 1999.

"Today I won more decisively, I knew with this slight climb to the finish I would be in my element, there were a lot of corners but once again Max [Massimo Richeze] guided me through perfectly," Modolo told Cyclingnews at the finish.

"The team did a lot of work today in very difficult weather conditions. I knew I could do well, but winning an uphill today was always going to be a special kind of challenge. Looking a lot further ahead I would hope to do well in a race like Milan-San Remo, too, but we’ve got a lot of cards to play - Pozzato, Ulissi, and in my case maybe see if we get a sprint and see what happens."

After having to go to a photo finish on Sunday at the Trofeo Palma, Modolo was under no doubts that he was the victor. This is his third victory of the year in his first season at the WorldTour level.

Milan-San Remo champion Gerald Ciolek was unable to contest the sprint, after he crashed out midway through the race. The German suffered some minor abrasions in the incident. Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) also crashed and abandoned the race but his injuries were not serious.

However, while Modolo found the perfect path on the finishing straight the same could not be said for Swift. The British rider, led out by teammate Edvald Boasson Hagen looked set to contest the sprint with Modolo. Both riders started on opposite sides of the road but Meersman swerved to his right, cutting up Swift and forcing the Sky rider to brake and then re-start his sprint. The two riders had words after the finish, with Vincente Reynes, also caught up behind Swift.

"It was a shame because I think I had a chance of winning that and if people had held their line... he came over from his line and I had to stop and start again. It's frustrating but I'm getting better," Swift told Cyclingnews.

"He [Meerseman] said he kept a straight line but he didn't and he needs to go and have a look at the finishing video. It almost looked like he saw me coming and then turned right."

Tomorrow will see the return of the climbers in the Trofeo Serra de Tramontana.

Full Results

1Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida4:07:53 
2Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
3Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
4Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
5Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM Cycling  
6Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
7Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
8Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
9Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
10Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka  
11Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
12Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
13Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky  
14Davide Vigano (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
15Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
16Ralf Matzka (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura  
17Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin Sharp  
18Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
19Yoeri Havik (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
20Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
21Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
22Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida  
23Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:09 
24Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:10 
25Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar  
26Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Team Euskadi  
27Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
28Christian Meier (Can) Orica Greenedge  
29André Benoit (Ger) Team Kuota  
30Simon Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge  
31Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura  
32Konrad Dabkowski (Pol) Activejet Team  
33Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
34Adam Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge  
35Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
36Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:16 
37Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
38Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
39Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:24 
40Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling  
41Juan Carlos Riutort (Spa) Burgos-BH0:00:26 
42Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
43Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
44Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
45Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
46Arakdiusz Owsian (Pol) Activejet Team  
47Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
48Alex Howes (USA) Garmin Sharp  
49David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp  
50Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling  
51Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura  
52David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura  
53Frantisek Padour (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura  
54Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
55Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Team NetApp - Endura  
56Michal Podlaski (Pol) Activejet Team  
57Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
58Pawel Franczak (Pol) Activejet Team  
59Pawel Brylowski (Pol) Activejet Team  
60Martin Wesmann (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
61Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky  
62Jesus Ezquerra (Spa) Activejet Team  
63Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida  
64Carlos Barbero (Spa) Team Euskadi  
65Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
66Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
67Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka  
68Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:32 
69Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin Sharp0:00:33 
70Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:36 
71Federico Butto (Ita) Burgos-BH0:00:52 
72José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
73Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky  
74Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Team Euskadi  
75Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
76Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
77Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
78Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Team Katusha  
79Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
80Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
81Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
82Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Team Katusha  
83Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
84Ramon Domene Reyes (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
85Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
86Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling  
87Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
88Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
89Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp - Endura  
90Miguel Minguez (Spa) Team Euskadi  
91Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica Greenedge  
92Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
93David Muntaner (Spa) Activejet Team  
94Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
95Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp  
96Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin Sharp  
97Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
98Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp  
99Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
100Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky  
101Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
102Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida  
103Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha  
104Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar  
105Chris Horner (USA) Lampre-Merida  
106Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team  
107Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
108Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin Sharp  
109Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
110Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha  
111Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team  
112Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky  
113John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team  
114Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar  
115Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura  
116Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling  
117Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
118Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team  
119Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling  
120Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
121Dion Beukeboom (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
122Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling  
123Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
124Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
125Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
126Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
127Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH  
128Ike Groen (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
129Mikel Aristi (Spa) Team Euskadi  
130Mikel Iturria (Spa) Team Euskadi  
131Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
132Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
133Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
134Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge  
135Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling  
136Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
137Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
138Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:09 
139Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:02:53 
140Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH  
141Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
142Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Team Euskadi0:03:27 
143Diego Leon Cuervo (Spa) Burgos-BH0:03:52 
144Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke0:03:55 
145Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
146Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Activejet Team0:05:02 
147Thomas Raeymaekers (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk0:05:12 
148Daniel Westmattelmann (Ger) Team Kuota0:14:41 
149Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
150Joachim Tolles (Ger) Team Kuota  
151Meron Russom (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
152Alvaro Robredo (Spa) Burgos-BH  
153Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Kuota  
154Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka  
155Simon Schram (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke0:14:54 
156Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk0:15:02 
157Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura0:15:25 
Mountain 1 - (Cat. 4) 29.5km
1Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH3pts
2Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar2 
3Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA1 
Mountain 2 - Coll de Santany (Cat. 4) 49.7km
1Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH3pts
2Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura2 
3Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke1 
Mountain 3 - (Cat. 4) 92.7km
1Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke3pts
2Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH2 
3Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar1 
Mountain 4 - Coll de Santany (Cat. 4) 176.1km
1Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha3pts
2Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura2 
3Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team1 
Sprint 1 - Campos, 42km
1Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA3pts
2Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar2 
3Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke1 
Sprint 2 - Campos, 105.2km
1Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke3pts
2Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH2 
3Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Activejet Team1 
Special Sprint 1 - Ses Salines, 61.6km
1Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke3pts
2Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH2 
3Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA1 
Special Sprint 2 - Ses Salines, 124.6km
1Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke3pts
2Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA2 
3Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar1 
Teams
1Omega Pharma - Quick-Step12:23:39 
2Team Europcar0:00:10 
3Lampre-Merida0:00:16 
4Orica GreenEdge0:00:20 
5Team Sky0:00:26 
6Team Novo Nordisk  
7Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:00:36 
8Movistar Team  
9Team NetApp - Endura  
10MTN - Qhubeka0:00:42 
11IAM Cycling0:00:50 
12Cofidis  
13Garmin Sharp0:00:52 
14Astana Pro Team  
15Cyclingteam De Rijke  
16Activejet Team0:01:02 
17Lotto Belisol0:01:28 
18Team Euskadi  
19Burgos-BH0:02:10 
20Team Katusha0:02:36 
21Team Kuota0:29:32 
Mountains classification
1Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH8pts
2Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke4 
3Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha3 
4Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar3 
5Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura2 
6Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura2 
7Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team1 
8Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA1 
Sprint classification
1Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke4pts
2Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA3 
3Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar2 
4Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH2 
5Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Activejet Team1 
Special Sprint classification
1Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke5pts
2Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA3 
3Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH2 
4Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar1 
Combination classification
1Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar  
2Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH  
3Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
4Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
5Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura  
6Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
7Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
8Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura  
9Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Activejet Team  
10Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
11Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
Regional rider classification
1Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM Cycling  
2Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
3RIUTORT Juan Carlos Riutort (Spa) Burgos-BH  
4David Muntaner (Spa) Activejet Team  

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