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MODOLO TAKES SECOND WIN IN STAGE 17

Italy's Sacha Modolo picked up his second win of the Giro d'Italia after an intense bunch sprint finale to stage 17 in the Swiss town of Lugano.

Lampre-Merida's Modolo, 27, benefited from an expert lead-out from two team-mates before holding off a late challenge from compatriot Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) and Slovenia's Luka Mezgec (Giant-Alpecin) in the shortest stage of the 98th edition of the race.

Victory in the largely flat 134km stage from Tirano was Lampre-Merida's fourth of the race after earlier victories for Modolo, Poland's Jan Polanc and Italian Diego Ulissi.

Despite missing out on a maiden win, 26-year-old Nizzolo took the red points jersey off the shoulders of Team Sky's Elia Viviani, who could only muster eleventh place in the final sprint.

Spain's Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) finished safely in the pack to retain his 4:02 lead over compatriot Mikel Landa (Astana) in the battle for the pink jersey.

By Felix Lowe / Eurosport
 
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