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.