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Modolo doubles up in Mallorca Challenge

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Italian wins sprint over Swift, Meersman

Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) wins the Trofeo Ses Selines ahead of Ben Swift (Sky) and Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) wins the Trofeo Ses Selines ahead of Ben Swift (Sky) and Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

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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

1 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:07:53  
2 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky    
3 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
4 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
5 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM Cycling    
6 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
7 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
8 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team    
9 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar    
10 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka    
11 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk    
12 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
13 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky    
14 Davide Vigano (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
15 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
16 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura    
17 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin Sharp    
18 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
19 Yoeri Havik (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
20 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
21 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
22 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida    
23 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:09  
24 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:10  
25 Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar    
26 Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Team Euskadi    
27 Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
28 Christian Meier (Can) Orica Greenedge    
29 André Benoit (Ger) Team Kuota    
30 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge    
31 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura    
32 Konrad Dabkowski (Pol) Activejet Team    
33 Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk    
34 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge    
35 Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team    
36 Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka 0:00:16  
37 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida    
38 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk    
39 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:24  
40 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling    
41 Juan Carlos Riutort (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:00:26  
42 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
43 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk    
44 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
45 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
46 Arakdiusz Owsian (Pol) Activejet Team    
47 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk    
48 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin Sharp    
49 David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp    
50 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling    
51 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura    
52 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura    
53 Frantisek Padour (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura    
54 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team    
55 Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Team NetApp - Endura    
56 Michal Podlaski (Pol) Activejet Team    
57 Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
58 Pawel Franczak (Pol) Activejet Team    
59 Pawel Brylowski (Pol) Activejet Team    
60 Martin Wesmann (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
61 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky    
62 Jesus Ezquerra (Spa) Activejet Team    
63 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida    
64 Carlos Barbero (Spa) Team Euskadi    
65 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
66 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
67 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka    
68 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:32  
69 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin Sharp 0:00:33  
70 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:36  
71 Federico Butto (Ita) Burgos-BH 0:00:52  
72 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
73 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky    
74 Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Team Euskadi    
75 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
76 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
77 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
78 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Team Katusha    
79 Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
80 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha    
81 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha    
82 Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Team Katusha    
83 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
84 Ramon Domene Reyes (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
85 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
86 Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling    
87 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
88 Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
89 Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp - Endura    
90 Miguel Minguez (Spa) Team Euskadi    
91 Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica Greenedge    
92 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
93 David Muntaner (Spa) Activejet Team    
94 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
95 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp    
96 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin Sharp    
97 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
98 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp    
99 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
100 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky    
101 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
102 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida    
103 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha    
104 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar    
105 Chris Horner (USA) Lampre-Merida    
106 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team    
107 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky    
108 Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin Sharp    
109 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha    
110 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha    
111 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team    
112 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky    
113 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team    
114 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar    
115 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura    
116 Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling    
117 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar    
118 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team    
119 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling    
120 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
121 Dion Beukeboom (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
122 Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling    
123 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team    
124 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
125 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
126 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
127 Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH    
128 Ike Groen (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
129 Mikel Aristi (Spa) Team Euskadi    
130 Mikel Iturria (Spa) Team Euskadi    
131 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
132 Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
133 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
134 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge    
135 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling    
136 Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky    
137 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
138 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:09  
139 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:02:53  
140 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH    
141 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team    
142 Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Team Euskadi 0:03:27  
143 Diego Leon Cuervo (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:03:52  
144 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke 0:03:55  
145 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
146 Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Activejet Team 0:05:02  
147 Thomas Raeymaekers (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk 0:05:12  
148 Daniel Westmattelmann (Ger) Team Kuota 0:14:41  
149 Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk    
150 Joachim Tolles (Ger) Team Kuota    
151 Meron Russom (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka    
152 Alvaro Robredo (Spa) Burgos-BH    
153 Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Kuota    
154 Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka    
155 Simon Schram (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke 0:14:54  
156 Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk 0:15:02  
157 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura 0:15:25  
Mountain 1 - (Cat. 4) 29.5km
1 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH 3 pts
2 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 2  
3 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 1  
Mountain 2 - Coll de Santany (Cat. 4) 49.7km
1 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH 3 pts
2 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura 2  
3 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke 1  
Mountain 3 - (Cat. 4) 92.7km
1 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke 3 pts
2 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH 2  
3 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 1  
Mountain 4 - Coll de Santany (Cat. 4) 176.1km
1 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 3 pts
2 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura 2  
3 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1  
Sprint 1 - Campos, 42km
1 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 3 pts
2 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 2  
3 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke 1  
Sprint 2 - Campos, 105.2km
1 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke 3 pts
2 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH 2  
3 Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Activejet Team 1  
Special Sprint 1 - Ses Salines, 61.6km
1 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke 3 pts
2 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH 2  
3 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 1  
Special Sprint 2 - Ses Salines, 124.6km
1 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke 3 pts
2 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 2  
3 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 1  
Teams
1 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 12:23:39  
2 Team Europcar 0:00:10  
3 Lampre-Merida 0:00:16  
4 Orica GreenEdge 0:00:20  
5 Team Sky 0:00:26  
6 Team Novo Nordisk    
7 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:00:36  
8 Movistar Team    
9 Team NetApp - Endura    
10 MTN - Qhubeka 0:00:42  
11 IAM Cycling 0:00:50  
12 Cofidis    
13 Garmin Sharp 0:00:52  
14 Astana Pro Team    
15 Cyclingteam De Rijke    
16 Activejet Team 0:01:02  
17 Lotto Belisol 0:01:28  
18 Team Euskadi    
19 Burgos-BH 0:02:10  
20 Team Katusha 0:02:36  
21 Team Kuota 0:29:32  
Mountains classification
1 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH 8 pts
2 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke 4  
3 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 3  
4 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 3  
5 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura 2  
6 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura 2  
7 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1  
8 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 1  
Sprint classification
1 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke 4 pts
2 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 3  
3 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 2  
4 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH 2  
5 Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Activejet Team 1  
Special Sprint classification
1 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke 5 pts
2 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 3  
3 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH 2  
4 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 1  
Combination classification
1 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar    
2 Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-BH    
3 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
4 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
5 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura    
6 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
7 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha    
8 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura    
9 Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Activejet Team    
10 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
11 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky    
Regional rider classification
1 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM Cycling    
2 Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
3 RIUTORT Juan Carlos Riutort (Spa) Burgos-BH    
4 David Muntaner (Spa) Activejet Team