Colnago riders continued their run of victories with Sacha Modolo winning a high-speed sprint in Turkey, Thomas Voeckler impressing in Gabon and Aleksandr Serebryakov winning the stage five sprint in the Tour of Korea.
The Colnago-CSF Inox team celebrated Andrea Di Corrado’s first ever professional victory at the Tour of Turkey on Thursday and the champagne corks were popping again on Friday after Sacha Modolo won a high-speed sprint in Kusadasi. Teammate Enrico Battaglin made a late solo attack but when he was swept up, Modolo got the perfect lead out from Marco Coledan and then charged to the line, distancing Australians Matt Goss and Mark Renshaw.
“This is a special win for me. I’ve been trying to land a win to boost my moral for the Giro d’Italia. I’ve finally done it. It was a hard stage but I stayed with the best riders and I beat some big name riders in the sprint. This win is dedicated to the team who helped me so much and to my child who will be born in September,” Modolo said.
Voeckler stars in Gabon, Serebryakov in Korea
Thomas Voeckler of Team Europcar is the star of La Tropical Ammisa Bongo stage race being contested in Gabon, central Africa. He won stage three on Thursday and then finished second on Friday’s fourth stage as he helped his teammate Anthony Charteau take the overall race lead.
In Korea, Aleksandr Serebryakov (Team Type 1 – Sanofi) won a sprint finish with is Colnago M10 bike, to make up for being relegated in the stage three.
“The pressure was off psychologically because we feel like we actually won the stage two days ago, before being relegated, and this was a chance for us to build on our confidence and win a little justice for Team Type 1-Sanofi,” Serebryakov said.
All three riders could secure more success in the remaining stages of the Tour or Turkey, La Tropical Ammisa Bongo and the Tour of Korea.