Thomas Voeckler lived up to his reputation as one of the most aggressive riders in the professional racing with a dramatic third place podium finish at the Grand Prix Ouest France.
By racing with panache throughout the French one-day classic, the Tour de France hero proved he will end his highly successful season the same way he started. Only a late attack by race-winner Grega Bole kept Voeckler out of a chance to win the prestigious French race.
“He was just amazing,” said Europcar sport director Jean-René Bernaudeau. “He made the effort just when he needed to. He’s one of those rare riders who knows when to attack.”
Voeckler led the chase of the attacking Bole, but the effort fell short with 300 meters to go. Racing to win, Voeckler crossed the line third, still good enough to earn a podium.
“Thomas always races to win,” Bernaudeau said. “Second or third, it doesn’t really make that big of a difference. It’s his style of racing that’s so impressive.”
Cyril Gautier represented Europcar colors in the day’s main breakaway, with an eight-man breakaway opening up 10:40 on the main pack.
The action came back together for the closing, decisive kilometers when Voeckler returned to the hot end of the action.
Voeckler will keep racing right through the fall, with his next race set for Paris-Bruxelles. He will close out the season with Paris-Tours and the Giro di Lombardia, with a likely trip to the world championships in late September in Denmark.
August in Italy is traditionally holiday time, and most of the companies are closed. Here in Colnago we decided to have an early break, because we are already working to organise Eurobike show Demo Day.
In Argenbühl im Allgäu, Germany - http://www.eurobike-show.com/eb-en/supporting-programme/demoday.php - it will be possible to test the whole Colnago brand new 2012 bikes range, and it will be available our new fantastic clothing collection too.
Last year was a big success and, despite the big number of journalists and trade people that would like to try the emotion of riding a Colnago, we were able to satisfy everyone.
This year there will be even more people, we are sure about it. We will have Voeckler and Rolland bikes, we make everyone dream and gave great emotions at the Tour. We will have Sacha Modolo bike too, which is literally flying with 6 victories in the last month.
Colnago people will be there, ready to help and support cyclists as usual and answer any possible question about our bicycles. And, why not, for a good coffee together.
We love our job, we love our bikes, we know they have a soul and we will explain why we had more than 50 years of success: technology and quality Colnago.
Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF-Inox) just keeps getting better and better.
Just days after finishing second in the test event in London on Sunday for the 2012 London Olympic Games, the Italian phenomenon bolted across the finish line victorious in Wednesday’s Coppa Agostoni in northern Italy.
Modolo made easy work of his rivals in the sprint finish to cap a tremendous run dating back to last month.
An early break pulled clear in the 200km race that included a passage over the Madonna del Ghisallo, but Colnago-CSF-Inox kept Modolo well-positioned over the decisive climb. Modolo then proved he can battle with the big guns when he made it into a select group of three dozen riders to contest for the spoils.
The victory Modolo’s sixth, all of which have come since a return to action in July following a break after his participation in the Giro d’Italia.
The streak of good form bodes well for the 24-year-old Modolo ahead of the world championships on September 25 on a course well-suited for sprinters.
Sacha Modolo confirmed yet again he’s arrived at the elite level with an impressive second-place sprint in Sunday’s Olympic test-ever race held on the same circuit racers will face next summer in the Olympic Games.
Only sprinter super-star Mark Cavendish could keep Modolo off the highest spot on the podium.
“I am very happy with this result against a world-class rider like Cavendish,” Modolo said. “The entire squad worked to help me set up the sprint. I was in perfect position on the wheel of Cavendish. It was a big fight to get on the wheel, but I am optimistic after a big result like this against a rider with the class of Cavendish.”
Modolo, 24, has been on a tear of late, winning five races since July, including two stages at the Tour of Denmark earlier this month, as well as posting seven other top-5 placings in the sprints.
The result bodes well for Modolo, who was among five Italian riders selected to participate in the test event in London, held on the same circuit Olympic athletes will be racing on next summer.
The 140km race started and finished in downtown London on The Mall. An early breakaway pulled clear, only to be reeled in by the Great Britain team. Other riders tried late-race attacks, but the sprinters controlled the pace until the final.
The impressive second place will put Modolo in good standing with Italian coach Paolo Bettini and could lead to a berth in next year’s Olympic Games in London as well as a spot on the world championship squad next month in Copenhagen.
Colnago went first and second in the morning sector of the fourth stage at the Tour of Denmark, with Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF) winning a sprint ahead of Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1 - SANOFI).
The bunch roared into Frederikvaer for the finale at the end of the short, 111km morning stage with a sprint finish all but assured. Modolo timed it just right to win ahead of Kocjan, giving Colnago two podium spots in the Danish race.
“We rode all day to try to catch the breakaway and only caught it with five kilometers to go,” said Colnago-CSF sport director Roberto Reverberi. “Bennati made a strong sprint and Modolo came around him with 50 meters to go. An impressive win.”
The victory is the fifth since July for Modolo, who has emerged as one of Italy’s top new young sprinters.
Kocjan said he just missed the chance to claim victory for Team Type 1-SANOFI.
“Normally this kind of stage is very good for me. Sacha has been very strong the last month, but when I am 100 percent on a course like this, nobody can beat me,” Kocjan said. “I followed one rider from another team up the hill, then saw a faster rider pass me, so I jumped on his wheel and passed him at the line.”
The Danish tour continues through Sunday.
All set for the second edition of the Gran Fondo Colnago in Philadelphia! In a few days, hundreds of riders will participate to the exciting signature event of Gran Fondo USA. The appointment is for Sunday, August 14 at 7:00 AM, in front of the iconic Museum of Art. Gran Fondos are rides, not races, which include mass starts, well-stocked aid stations, a consumer expo, and a fun post-ride pasta party. The courses present a challenging goal both for the novice and the expert alike, bringing together an ever-growing population of bicycle enthusiasts. The 3 routes designed for Philadelphia, are especially significant from a historical point of view: 108 mile, 73 mile or a 33 mile routes through lush woodlands, charming villages, and river-views in the region, known for its important role in the American Colonies fight for independence. The medium and long distance routes will pass through Valley Forge National Historic Park, home to George Washington’s Continental Army during the famed winter of 1777 - 1778. Along the way, a number of challenging hills will be encountered, including the climb that will be chip-timed for “King & Queen of the Mountain” scoring purposes (long route only).
In Fairmount Park, next to the Please Touch Museum, there will be a lively Expo on August 13 (10:00 am to 6:00 PM) and Sunday, August 14 (from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm). The Saturday expo includes the mandatory athletes’ packet pick-up and on Sunday features the post-ride pasta party. This year, the Gran Fondo Colnago Philadelphia supports the Kisses for Kyle Foundation, a non-for profit organization supporting local families in the Delaware Valley whose children (from birth through age 21) are battling childhood cancer.
Don’t miss the next, final appointment of the 2011 Gran Fondo USA series, the inaugural edition in Miami on November 20!
Colnago-CSF rider Sacha Modolo kicked to victory in the opening stage of the Tour of Denmark and grabbed the race leader’s jersey as well.
The young Italian sprinter beat back two Danish riders, with world’s runner-up Matti Breschel in second, to claim the victory in the most important race held in Scandinavia.
The pack worked together to control a series of late-race attacks to set up the bunch sprint, when Modolo - soon to head to London to race on the Olympic course - kicked his way to his fourth win on the 2011 season.
“We started off the race in the right way and my win is thanks to great effort from my team,” Modolo said after the victory. “Today’s stage was very fast from the gun and we had good representation in the lead group in the end to set up the sprint.”
The Danish tour continues Thursday with the 189km second stage from Arhus to Grindsted.
It will be another chance for Modolo to take a shot at winning. All four of his victories this season have come in the past month. He won two stages at the Tour of Qinhai Lake and a stage at the Brixia Tour, both in July.
Colnago-CSF rider Sacha Modolo is among five riders heading to London later this month to represent Italy in a test event leading up to the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.
Modolo will join four other national Italian teammates for the one-day race on August 14 on the same course that will host the elite men’s road race during next year’s Olympic Games.
The 24-year-old Modolo is part of a project dubbed “Progetto Azzurro” with the Italian cycling federation to promote up-and-coming Italian cyclists.
“This will have the look of the future,” said Italian national coach Paolo 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.”
The test event will allow competitors and organizers alike to have a glimpse of what they will face in the ever-important Olympic road races next summer.
Modolo and the rest of the team will arrive in London on August 12 and inspect the course the next day ahead of the 140km course on the Olympic circuit. The start line is right in the heart of the London on The Mall and takes in some of the city’s and area’s highlights, including a passage over Box Hill.
The distance will be the same that the women will race in 2012, while the men will race a distance longer than 200km.
Colnago rider Pierre Rolland expects bigger things in the future following his successful performance in the 2011 Tour de France.
The 24-year-Frenchman won the stage up the legendary switchbacks at Alpe d’Huez, won the white jersey of the best young rider and finished 11th overall.
His impressive performance bolsters his confidence looking down the road.
“I think I have 10 good years ahead of me,” Rolland said. “I am a rider who works hard, who is dedicated. I am not a born winner. I must make the sacrifices to have success. I will set the highest goals in the future.”
Rolland’s performance is confirmation that he is one of the rising talents among the French peloton.
Rolland worked hard to protect the yellow jersey of Europcar teammate Thomas Voeckler before going on the attack on the Alpe d’Huez to become just the second French rider to win on the mythic climb.
“Before the Tour, we talked about goals and said that the white jersey was a possibility,” Rolland said. “But what I take out of the Tour is the stage victory. It’s not just any stage, but the Alpe! And to beat Alberto Contador is something that makes it even more special. He made a few mistakes because had he attacked only on the Alpe, he would have won.”