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by Shane Stokes
February 17, 2018
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Having gone agonisingly close to victory earlier this week but losing out with a premature celebration, Sacha Modolo put things right on Friday when he was first to the line on stage three of the Vuelta a Andalucia/Ruta del Sol. The EF Education First-Drapac rider blasted home ahead of Carlos Barbero (Movistar), Nelson Soto (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) plus the rest of the main bunch.
Stage three covered a mainly-flat 166.1 kilometres from Mancha Real to Herrera, and the inevitable breakaway move contained four riders. These were Hector Saez (Euskadi-Murias), Oscar Cabedo (Burgos-BH), Alvaro Cuadros (Caja Rural-RGA Seguros) and Marco Minnaard (Wanty-Groupe Gobert). The peloton wasn’t in a generous mood, with race leader Wout Poels’ Sky team riding tempo behind and limiting their gains to just over two minutes.
The sprinters’ teams took over closer to the line, with Direct Energie and EF Education First-Drapac doing much of the work and hauling back Cuadros and Saez after they pushed on ahead of the other two in the break.
Modolo profited from a great leadout from his team to win. Poels avoided a crash in the sprint and continues to lead overall, three seconds up on Luis León Sanchez (Astana Pro Team) and Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), and five ahead of Mikel Landa (Movistar Team) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana).