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2014 Trofeo Palma de Mallorca (Challenge Mallorca) Stage 1



                       

Sacha Modolo won the opening stage of the 2014 Trofeo Palma de Mallorca today – successfully holding off challenges from Dylan Groenewegen and Jens Debusschere.

Initially, Groenewegen thought that he had won the stage, as the Dutch rider lifted his arms in victory as he crossed the finish line. However, after a photo finish inspection by race commissaries, they awarded Modolo the win. 

“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.

This year’s event allows teams to swap riders in and out on a day-to-day basis. Such was the case with Bradley Wiggins and Chris Horner, as both riders appeared for their team’s presentations, before setting out on a training ride. 

In the opening laps of today’s 12 kilometer circuit – a five man breakaway group containing Alex Howes, Ian Boswell, Alexandre Pichot, Amets Txurruka and Ronan Van Zandbeek managed to slip away and enjoy a slight lead over the peloton. 

Behind the breakaway, Lampre appeared to be controlling the field at the front – albeit in a relaxed fashion. 

Orica GreenEdge and Team Sky soon joined the Italian team at the front, and with 20 kilometers remaining, their combined efforts successfully reeled in the escapees. 

As the race started to culminate into a tense sprint finale, an ambitious Modolo commenced a daring surged in the closing 300 meters – just nixing Groenewegen on the line.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNIHw-hpncI

Top 25 Finishers

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


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