Sacha Modolo quits Tour of Qatar after breaking wrist on stage one

Last Updated: 04/02/13 11:55am

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Sacha Modolo: Beat Mark Cavendish, left, in Argentina last month

Sacha Modolo: Beat Mark Cavendish, left, in Argentina last month

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Italy's Sacha Modolo, who beat Mark Cavendish in a bunch sprint at last month's Tour de San Luis, has abandoned the Tour of Qatar after breaking his wrist on stage one.

The Bardiani Valvole - CSF-Inox rider fractured his right scaphoid after hitting a step.

He went to hospital shortly before the team time trial on stage two and X-rays confirmed the break.

Modolo, 25, said: "Due to a distraction, I fell down trying to rider over a step.

"I'm sorry for the team. I arrived here with a good shape and the aim to achieve some good results in Qatar and then in Oman. Now I have to recover as quickly as possible and reschedule the first part of season from scratch."

Modolo will now return to Italy to continue training off the bike.

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