Sacha Modolo sprints to stage-one victory in Post Danmark Rundt
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Sacha Modolo sprints to stage-one victory in Post Danmark Rundt

by Bjorn Haake at 3:19 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results
Young Italian faster than Denmark's Matti Breschel

sacha modoloSacha Modolo (Colnago - CSF Inox ) took the biggest win of his young career when he sprinted to victory in stage one of the Post Danmark Rundt, beating Danish riders Matti Breschel (Rabobank) and Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank). Four more Italians, including Daniele Bennati, followed in the subsequent placings. Modolo took over the race lead with his victory after the 175 kilometers around Esbjerg. In fourth place was Daniele Colli, who is having a great return after a break from cancer.The winner of the last three years, Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard Trek) suffered a puncture at a bad time and lost over a minute.

It was Modolo's fourth win of the season. The rider first made headlines last year with a fourth place in Milano-Sanremo. Italian national coach Paolo Bettini has named him to a test event for the 2012 London Olympics, on August 14. "This will have the look of the future,” said  Bettini. “We will have some very young talented riders, like Modolo, as well as experienced riders like Luca Paolini. This will give everyone very strong motivation for the race.”

Breschel has been named the captain of the Rabobank squad, with even Oscar Freire serving as a domestique for the rider on home soil. Breschel came close to winning, but had to let Modolo cross the line first. Rabobank directeur sportif Jan Boven was still satisfied. "A good marker for the rest of the week and we did well in the classifications," he said.

Rabobank worked hard but came up short in the end. "The difference at the line was decisive, so it is ok," Boven said, not too disappointed. Freire helped launch the sprint for Breschel. "You can't have a better one. But that's Oscar. He acts for and thinks about the team. We decided with him that this week he will also get to choose his ride."

Breschel wants to get a very good result after finishing fifth overall the past three years and third in 2007. In each of those editions, he also wore the leader's jersey for at least one day. "This Tour is for Matti what is for Dutchmen the Olympia's Ronde or the Eneco Tour, maybe even a bit more than that," Boven explained. "We saw today that he is in good shape and that the chemistry in the team is extraordinary. We have a lot of faith."

Other good news for Rabobank was the return of Coen Vermeltfoort, who broke both wrists when he fell off the prologue start ramp in the Delta Tour Zeeland. It didn't matter that Vermeltfoort came in last. "Coen was still afraid with his back, but it went well. Obviously he is missing competition time and race toughness, but he will get there," Boven said.

A quartet went up the road with Alessandro Bazzana (Team Type 1) Nikola Aistrup (VPC Concordia), René Jørgensen (Christina Watches-Onfone) and Patrick Clausen (PostDanmark) and built a lead of 5'30 after 45km.  The sprint was won by  Aistrup ahead of  Jørgensen and Clausen. The latter dropped off soon afterwards.

Bazzana took the KOM points, with the peloton still around three minutes behind. The break was caught with less than 40 kilometers remaining.  Fuglsang, Rasmussen and others were caught out in the Danish cross winds, eventually finishing  in a second group around a minute behind the winner.


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Tour of Denmark (2.HC) Stage 1 Results: Esbjerg to Esbjerg (175 km)

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Country Result Name Team Time
ita ITA 1 Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF Inox) 03:59:21
den DEN 2 Matti Breschel (Rabobank) s.t.
den DEN 3 Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
ita ITA 4 Daniele Colli (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
ita ITA 5 Andrea Pasqualon (Colnago-CSF Inox) s.t.
ita ITA 6 Daniele Bennati (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
ita ITA 7 Angelo Furlan (Christina Watches-Onfone) s.t.
bel BEL 8 Michael Van Staeyen (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
ned NED 9 Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
esp ESP 10 Oscar Gomez Freire (Rabobank) s.t.
gbr GBR 11 Roger Hammond (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
nor NOR 12 Gabriel Rasch (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
den DEN 13 Thomas Kvist (Glud & Marstrand - LRØ Rådgivning) s.t.
bel BEL 14 Zico Waeytens (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
den DEN 15 Kasper Jebjerg (Glud & Marstrand - LRØ Rådgivning) s.t.
gbr GBR 16 Daniel Lloyd (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
den DEN 17 Troels Ronning Vinther (Glud & Marstrand - LRØ Rådgivning) s.t.
ned NED 18 Wouter Mol (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
aus AUS 19 Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) s.t.
den DEN 20 Anders Lund (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
den DEN 21 Niki Ostergaard (Glud & Marstrand - LRØ Rådgivning) s.t.
ita ITA 22 Tomas Alberio (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
ned NED 23 Bert-jan Lindeman (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
fra FRA 24 Damien Gaudin (Europcar) s.t.
den DEN 25 Rene Joergensen (Christina Watches-Onfone) s.t.
ned NED 26 Martijn Verschoor (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
fra FRA 27 Sébastien Chavanel (Europcar) s.t.
den DEN 28 Michael Reihs (Christina Watches-Onfone) s.t.
ita ITA 29 Alessandro Bazzana (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
ita ITA 30 Andrea Piechele (Colnago-CSF Inox) s.t.
gbr GBR 31 Alex Dowsett (Team Sky) s.t.
den DEN 32 Kasper Larsen Klostergaard (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
fra FRA 33 Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) s.t.
ita ITA 34 Dario Cioni (Team Sky) s.t.
fra FRA 35 Tristan Valentin (Cofidis) s.t.
ita ITA 36 Paolo Locatelli (Colnago-CSF Inox) s.t.
fra FRA 37 Jérôme Cousin (Europcar) s.t.
den DEN 38 Andre Steensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
den DEN 39 Nikola Aistrup (Team Concordia Forsinkring - Himmerland) s.t.
ned NED 40 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) s.t.
ned NED 41 Jetse Bol (Rabobank Continental Team) s.t.
ger GER 42 Grischa Niermann (Rabobank) s.t.
gbr GBR 43 Jeremy Hunt (Team Sky) s.t.
bel BEL 44 Gorik Gardeyn (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
bel BEL 45 Stijn Joseph (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
bel BEL 46 Kris Boeckmans (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
den DEN 47 Kasper Linde Jorgensen (Glud & Marstrand - LRØ Rådgivning) 00:00:14
ita ITA 48 Davide Vigano (Leopard-Trek) 00:00:15
den DEN 49 Marc Hester (Christina Watches-Onfone) 00:00:24
fra FRA 50 Morgan Lamoisson (Vendée U) 00:01:02
den DEN 51 Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard-Trek) 00:01:34
den DEN 52 Brian Vandborg (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
den DEN 53 Daniel Foder Holm (Glud & Marstrand - LRØ Rådgivning) s.t.
nor NOR 54 Kurt-asle Arvesen (Team Sky) s.t.
den DEN 55 Asbjørn Andersen () s.t.
ita ITA 56 Marcello Pavarin (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
den DEN 57 Martin Mortensen (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
fra FRA 58 Laszlo Bodrogi (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
slo SLO 59 Marko Kump (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
den DEN 60 Rolf Broge () s.t.
swe SWE 61 Gustav Erik Larsson (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
ita ITA 62 Alberto Ongarato (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
den DEN 63 Sebastian Lander (Team Concordia Forsinkring - Himmerland) s.t.
sui SUI 64 Noe Gianetti (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
ned NED 65 Theo Bos (Rabobank) s.t.
den DEN 66 Jesper Hansen (Energi Fyn) s.t.
den DEN 67 Casper Degn Larsen () s.t.
fra FRA 68 Mathieu Claude (Europcar) s.t.
aus AUS 69 Richie Porte (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
den DEN 70 Andreas Frisch (Team Concordia Forsinkring - Himmerland) s.t.
ita ITA 71 Santo Anza (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
can CAN 72 David Veilleux (Europcar) s.t.
den DEN 73 Thomas Nybo Riis () s.t.
den DEN 74 Michael Rasmussen (Christina Watches-Onfone) s.t.
fra FRA 75 Alexandre Pichot (Europcar) s.t.
den DEN 76 Lasse Bochman (Glud & Marstrand - LRØ Rådgivning) s.t.
aut AUT 77 Matthias Brandle (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
ita ITA 78 Marco Corti (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
den DEN 79 Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
aut AUT 80 Stefan Denifl (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
fra FRA 81 Romain Delalot (Cofidis) s.t.
bel BEL 82 Steven Van Vooren (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
bel BEL 83 Arthur Vanoverberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
slo SLO 84 Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
den DEN 85 Christopher Juul-jensen (Glud & Marstrand - LRØ Rådgivning) s.t.
bel BEL 86 Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
ita ITA 87 Sonny Colbrelli (Colnago-CSF Inox) s.t.
rus RUS 88 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
ltu LTU 89 Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ita ITA 90 Matteo Pelucchi (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
rus RUS 91 Maxim Belkov (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
ita ITA 92 Christian Delle Stelle (Colnago-CSF Inox) s.t.
ita ITA 93 Angelo Pagani (Colnago-CSF Inox) s.t.
fra FRA 94 Remi Cusin (Cofidis) s.t.
bel BEL 95 Sven Jodts (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
ita ITA 96 Andrea Grendene (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
aus AUS 97 Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ned NED 98 Pieter Weening (Rabobank) s.t.
fra FRA 99 Jean-eudes Demaret (Cofidis) s.t.
ita ITA 100 Manuel Belletti (Colnago-CSF Inox) s.t.
est EST 101 Kalle Kriit (Cofidis) s.t.
den DEN 102 Mads Christensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
den DEN 103 Jesper Odgaard Nielsen (Christina Watches-Onfone) s.t.
den DEN 104 Kristian Sobota (Christina Watches-Onfone) s.t.
den DEN 105 Lasse Normann Hansen (Team Concordia Forsinkring - Himmerland) s.t.
den DEN 106 Christian Rasmus Quaade (Team Concordia Forsinkring - Himmerland) 00:03:43
gbr GBR 107 Russell Downing (Team Sky) 00:03:52
aus AUS 108 Christopher Sutton (Team Sky) s.t.
ita ITA 109 Davide Appollonio (Team Sky) s.t.
den DEN 110 Martin Pedersen (Leopard-Trek) 00:04:18
ger GER 111 Rüdiger Seelig (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
slo SLO 112 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:05:47
den DEN 113 Jens-erik Madsen (Team Concordia Forsinkring - Himmerland) 00:10:07
den DEN 114 Rasmus Guldhammer (Team Concordia Forsinkring - Himmerland) s.t.
den DEN 115 Thomas Guldhammer (Team Concordia Forsinkring - Himmerland) s.t.
aus AUS 116 Jack Bobridge (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
usa USA 117 Joe Eldridge (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
den DEN 118 Philip Nicholas Nielsen (Blois Cac 41) 00:09:12
den DEN 119 Mikkel Mortensen (Team Bonnat 91) 00:10:07
fra FRA 120 Adrien Petit (Cofidis) s.t.
ned NED 121 Coen Vermeltfoort (Rabobank) s.t.
den DEN 122 Benjamin Justesen () s.t.
aus AUS 123 Benjamin King (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
den DEN DNF Patrick Clausen (Team Reelight-Bikepro)  

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