Modolo came in ahead of Eduard-Michael Grosu (Nippo – Vini Fantini), Nicolas Marini (Nippo – Vini Fantini), Dylan Page (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo), crossing the finish line as leader of the General Classification.
The victory is the 42nd of his career and one the 29-year-old Italian is delighted with.
“The team was successful in leading me to the front position as we approached the last kilometer and in ensuring no problems occurred at the last two bends of the route,” he said.
“Ferrari began his role as main lead out in the final 1000 meters and he was great as usual: he knows which speed is needed and the correct timing to launch a sprint.
“Timing is very important for long sprints, like today, as you need to be sure you breakaway at the correct time not too early and not too late. I was the first to start the sprint, I felt my legs were very good and I blocked the efforts of other riders to overtake me.
“This victory feels great, especially ahead of the Giro d’Italia.”
Meanwhile, Diego Ulissi secured a tenth-place finish at the second Ardennes Classic at La Fleche Wallonne in Belgium on Wednesday.
The team had targetted a top-ten spot ahead of the race and Ulissi duly delivered to provide a much needed lift going into the third and final race of the series.
UAE Team Emirates heads to the second Ardennes Classics of the season this Wednesday with hopes of bouncing back from a disappointing opening Amstel Gold Race that kicked off the series.
The team spoke of a desire to reach the podium of that race but lead rider Rui Costa could only finish 38th, bettered by team-mates Diego Ulissi (27), Manuele Mori (29) and Simone Petilli (33).
Costa is now targeting a top ten finish at La Fleche Wallone, the first of two races in Belgium that complete the Ardennes Classics trilogy.
“La Fleche Wallonne, is a peculiar race, and usually happens in the middle of the week and is the final rehearsal for the Liege–Bastogne–Liege,” said Costa. “The course is unique and some of the riders in our team like Diego Ulissi, have the necessary qualities for performing well on the very steep Mur de Huy.
“I cannot say it is one of my favourite Ardennes Classic. Generally, steep climbs are difficult for me, however on a day when my legs feel good I can achieve a good result, like last year where I finished in the top ten.”
The 200.5km race has nine climbs and concludes on top of the Mur de Huy (Wall of Huy), a steep 1.3km climb averaging a gradient of 9.3 % but maxing out at 26 %.
Ulissi, one of only two riders to ever win the Junior World Championships in consecutive years (2006 and 2007), has fonder memories than Costa when it comes to the Ardennes Classic.
“I like La Fleche Wallonne, as it was the first Ardennes Classic I ever took part in,” he said. “The best results I’ve had at this race have been placing in the top ten twice. I was ninth in 2012 and eighth in 2016.
“I like the frantic moments before the approach of the Mur de Huy; you need to be supported by a good team that push you and help you move to the front of the peloton.
“Each decision is critical and decisive on the climb of the Mur de Huy, if you attack too early or too late, you are out of the top ten. I’m looking forward to the race as I feel that I can achieve better results this year.”
UAE Team Emirates’ rider Anass Ait el Abdia sealed the General Classification title at the tenth and final stage of the Tour Du Maroc on Monday.
The Moroccan national champion took the win thanks, primarily, to his victory in the fourth stage – Houed Laou-El Hoceima.
The victory is the fourth of his career, following on from the 2016 National Championships, Tour du Prince 2015, and the Taghir stage of the Tour du Maroc 2014.
“I’m happy and proud, this victory comes at an important moment in my career,” said the 24-year-old who heads to the Gp Citta di Lugano and the Tour of Slovenia next. “I participated in the Tour Du Maroc as part of the Moroccan National Team and I am happy to have been able to finish with such a great result.
“Crossing the line at the Tour du Maroc as the overall leader is a feeling I cannot describe, but it is a very good feeling. I’m now looking forward to my upcoming races.”
The victory also delighted UAE Team Emirates’ Team Manager, Carlo Saronni.
“We are very proud of Anass and would like to congratulate him and the Moroccan National Team on this home win,” said Saronni.
“They were impressive throughout the race and it’s great that they were able to have success at the Tour du Maroc.”