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by Shane Stokes
March 16, 2018
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The American EF Education First-Drapac team has said that it will back Sacha Modolo in Saturday’s Milan-San Remo, with its lineup set to try to help the Italian sprinter to victory. “Sacha is going really well,” said teammate Taylor Phinney. “And I think we’re all motivated as a group to help him out.
“It’s nice to get some fresh blood in with Dan McLay, and I’m looking forward to racing with Mitch Docker for the first time this year. We have a stout squad. Personally, Milan-San Remo is one of my favourite races. Top two in my Monuments list. So I’m always just ready to race it.”
In addition to Modolo, Phinney, McLay and Docker, the lineup will also include Matti Breschel, Simon Clarke and Sebastian Langeveld. “The unique demand of that race is the length,” said team CEO Jonathan Vaughers. “The Poggio is just this intense five-minute period. So it’s funny – it’s this seven-hour race that’s decided in five minutes. It’s a weird combination. It’s not like any of the other Classics.”
Modolo crashed in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne but said he is ready for Saturday’s race. “I feel tense, but it is a good tension,” he said. “Being a leader give me responsibility, a sense of duty and a desire to repay trust. It is the first Monument race of the year, and being an Italian race, for us Italians, it’s everything.”
He explained his tactics for the race. “Wasting as little as possible throughout the race and get on the Poggio fresh. Then the sprint itself is a different sprint from the others, as it comes after 300 kilometres. The rider who wins has retained that little bit more energy throughout the race. I feel good. I’m pedalling well. I’m very confident of doing a good performance on Saturday and also the week after in Belgium.”