Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates) has today won the Grand Prix Canton d’Argovie-Gippingen (1.HC) in Switzerland beating John Degenkolb (Trek – Segafredo) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team) in a sprint finish at the end of the 188.7-kilometre race. Two-time winner of the race Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott) took fourth.
It was the third victory of the season for the Italian sprinter having won two stages of the Tour of Croatia in April.
“I welcome with huge pleasure this victory, because it comes in a key moment for me,” Modolo explained afterwards. “After I left the Giro d’Italia in the final week, my morale was not good, nevertheless I kept on training hard and today, my first day of race after the Giro, I had good feelings and I succeeded in sprinting for the victory.”
“My team was perfect, Mohoric was in the main breakaway of the race and this allowed us to pedal in the bunch, saving energies in view of the sprint. I was just behind Albasini and at 200 metres to go I decided to start my sprint, I was not sure that no one could overtake me. However I was pretty fast and I achieved the best result. I’m happy and more confident in view of the stages for sprinters which are scheduled in the Tour de Suisse“.
Directeur Sportif Simone Pedrazzini also pointed out the good performance by Modolo’s team-mate Mohoric who infiltrated the main break of the day.
“The presence of Matej in the breakaway was important for the team,” explained Pedrazzini. “In our plan, he had the task to join larger group attacks, however he went clear with other three riders and they succeeded to lead the race for most of the course. Moreover, when the breakaway had been neutralized, Matej still had energies to give his contribution in the approach to the sprint”.