Modolo signs two-year deal with EF Education First-Drapac

The Slipstream Sports organisation has announced the signing of Italian sprinter Sacha Modolo on a two-year deal. The 30-year-old has raced his whole career on Italian-led teams, the last four with Giuseppe Saronni’s UAE-Team Emirates and Lampre-Merida squads, but says he is looking for some new motivation.

“The move to Slipstream is a big change, but it’s exactly what I need,” Modolo said in a Slipstream Sports press release. “After four years with Giuseppe Saronni, who I want to thank, and at 30-years-old, I was looking for new motivation, and I found it in this team. Everyone I’ve spoken to at Slipstream has expressed belief in me. For a rider, this is important to find confidence and feel responsibility.”

Modolo started his career with the Colnago-CSF Inox team in 2010, placing fourth in his debut Milan-San Remo. He quickly established himself as a sprinter, winning stages in the Tour of Qinghai Lake, Brixia Tour, Tour of Denmark, Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda and the Coppa Agostoni the following year. In 2013, he won six stages in the Tour of Qinghai lake, and signed with Lampre-Merida for the 2014 season.

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In 2015, Modolo claimed his career’s biggest wins, a pair of stage victories at the Giro d’Italia.

“I’m proud of all of my victories, but I’m most proud of the two stages at the Giro d’Italia and the win at Tour de Suisse in front of Peter Sagan,” said Modolo.

Over the years, he has progressed from being a pure sprinter to focusing also on one-day Classics, with some success.

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