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by Mark Zalewski
July 31, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic; Rivera adds another win at Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic; Kwiatkowski sprints to win at Clásica Ciclista San Sebastian; Modolo sprints to win in Poland as van Poppel moves into lead; Sagan wins opening stage in Poland; Tragedy strikes during Transcontinental; Niewiadoma to join Canyon-SRAM in 2018; Tosatto joins Team Sky as sport director; Evans takes Subaru National Road Series lead; Amateur masters racer caught with motor in bike; Video: Morocco – Riding in the Atlas Mountains; Video: 2321 Bidons.
Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates) won the second stage at the Tour of Poland on Sunday in a sprint ahead of Danny van Poppel (Sky) and Max Walscheid (Sunweb). Van Poppel’s runner-up placing paired with his third place on Saturday’s first stage gives him the race leader’s jersey.
“It was a much needed victory,” said Modolo. “It’s been a month and a half since I last raced, but I have been training well in this period. Frankly I’m a bit surprised because yesterday I didn’t feel so great and so today I didn’t think I could put in such a performance. Fortunately however, not all days are the same.
“Fast arrivals like these aren’t usually my forte because you need a lot of power, while I prefer sprints which are a bit more challenging. Today I could count on Ferrari and a fantastic team that helped me choose the right time to take off. I dedicate this fantastic victory to all of them and to my girlfriend’s father, who had an accident on his racing bike today.”
“After yesterday’s less than perfect sprint, we tried to tweak the mechanism, speaking about it at length during the daily briefing before the start,” UAE Team Emirates sport director Orlando Maini said. “I have to say that the guys perfectly understood all the instructions and for this I wish to congratulate them wholeheartedly. Tomorrow we will get the chance to play some other important cards, considering the 4 mountain primes and the final stretch with gradients of up to 17%. We have at least 3 men who can do well: Rui Costa, Conti and Ait El Abdia.”
Despite launching his sprint late Van Poppel came around many riders in the final 100 metres, but was unable to overtake Modolo.