Modolo Gets His Ruta Stage Win!
PeloPics: Sacha Modolo came so close to winning stage 1 of the Ruta del Sol, but he raised his arms just a little too early and Direct Energie’s Thomas Boudat slipped past his left elbow for the win and the first leader’s jersey. On Friday the Italian made no mistake for the win in Herrera on stage 3. Movistar’s Carlos Barbero was 2nd and Nelson Soto (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) took 3rd.
Wout Poels (Sky) finished safely in the bunch to keep his overall lead by 2 seconds over Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal).
LottoNL-Jumbo were active early on stage 3
The break of the day: Marco Minnaard (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Alvaro Cuadros (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Hector Saez (Euskadi-Murias) and Oscar Cabedo (Burgos-BH) was not given much space and was pulled back by the sprinter’s teams in good time for the final battle.
Chris Froome was doing some team work for overall leader Wout Poels
Head down effort for Modolo
The Italian could see the win
At last, the win for Modolo
A happy EF Education First-Drapac team
Wout Poels held the overall lead
Astana led into the finish, but the EF Education First-Drapac boys pushed through to take over the lead-out duties to deliver their man, Sacha Modolo, to the line perfectly.
Ruta del Sol Stage 3 Result:
1. Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale in 3:48:17
2. Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar
3. Nelson Andres Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
4. Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana
5. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal
6. Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
7. Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini
8. Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
9. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
10. Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling.
Ruta del Sol Overall After Stage 3:
1. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky in 12:48:00
2. Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana at 0:02
3. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
4. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar at 0:04
5. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana
6. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 0:17
7. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 0:27
8. Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias at 0:34
9. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:38
10. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:40.