Mostly flat stage has ended with expected massive sprint won by Italian rider Sasha Modolo.
- Today we worked for Riccardo Minali trying to win the sprint. It was very long stage with expected day-long rain, but, fortunately, we faced with rain only at the beginning of the race, while the stage finished on dry roads. Guys did a very good job during the whole day, but, unfortunately, in the sprint Riccardo found himself a bit boxed in and couldn't show his best, - commented sports director Dmitriy Fofonov.
After promising win at the first intermediate sprint, Italian sprinter of Kazakh team was 6th at the finish. Tomorrow he will start the second stage wearing white jersey of the Best young rider of the race.
- Today we were unlucky with finding right final position. The day after tomorrow we will try again and hope this attempt will be more successful, - concluded Fofonov.
Tomorrow will be short (123 km), but very hard stage with a 24-km long uphill finish (1700 m, 10% average). Another raining day is expected again.
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