IT Italy 05 Oct 186 km

Milano-Torino

IT Italy 05 Oct 186 km

Brave Alaphilippe lights up Milano-Torino

Brave Alaphilippe lights up Milano-Torino

Dan Martin finishes 11th in the tough 186km-long Italian semi-classic, two days ahead of Il Lombardia.

In his first race since the World Championships in Norway, Julian Alaphilippe was again in the spotlight, with a spectacular attack that he fired 20 kilometers from home, on the first ascent of the Superga climb. The young Frenchman caught and then dropped with ease the five men who were at the front and crested the climb with a 22-second advantage, before hurtling down the technical descent.

Several teams joined forces and led the chase behind the Paris-Nice and Vuelta a España stage victor, who was reabsorbed on the flat run-in to Superga, with just eight kilometers to go: "I felt pretty good and attacked hoping that others will join me, but things didn't go as planned and instead of a small group up the road, it was just me there, making it hard to keep that advantage", said Julian at the finish. "But I liked the race, despite this excruciating climb, I feel ok and will start Saturday's race with confidence after today."

The already thinned out peloton was blown to pieces inside the final five kilometers, when the riders began tackling Superga again. The 4.9km-long climb averaging 9.1% took its toll and led to some pretty big gaps, as more and more men struggled to match the high pace of the attackers. Of these, Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) broke clear with 2500 meters to go and maintained his gap until the finish, where he prevailed over Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) and Fabio Aru (Astana).

Dan Martin, who returned in Milano-Torino after four years, arrived at the top in 11th place, a result which gave him some satisfaction, giving that it came after a race which wasn't his cup of tea: "Can't say I felt too good today, the legs weren't responding as I wanted, but at the end of the day finishing just outside the top 10 is an encouraging result for Il Lombardia. I like the course, on paper it suits me and I hope to have a solid race, as it would be really nice to end the season with a good result."

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele


Quick-Step Floors Team to Milano-Torino

Quick-Step Floors Team to Milano-Torino

Our team returns to the semi-classic created nearly a century and a half ago for the first time since 2012.

Superga, the spectacular hill which overlooks Torino, one of Italy's most important cities, will be the main attraction of Thursday's Milano-Torino, a race which in the past years has enjoyed a revival that saw it become an important fixture on the calendar, thus attracting many top names who stopped here on their way to Il Lombardia.

Held on a 186km-long course, the race should be a quiet one until the final 24 kilometers, when the riders will tackle Superga for the first time. A regular climb, averaging 9.1% over 4.9 kilometers, Superga will thin out the peloton and even see some riders try to attack from afar, in an attempt to build a substantial gap there and on the technical descent that leads back to Torino or to pave the way for their leaders before the second and final ascent of the iconic hill, with five kilometers to go.

Ten days after sparking life into the Bergen World Championships with a big attack that brought him very close to victory, Julian Alaphilippe returns to action in what will be his Milano-Torino debut, a race which teammate Daniel Martin will ride for the first time since 2013, when he placed 11th.

The Irishman – whose never-say-die attitude was put on display throughout the season in both stage races and one-day events – will try to be again among the protagonists in the Italian semi-classic where Quick-Step Floors will rely also on Gianluca Brambilla, Laurens De Plus, Dries Devenyns, Ronde van Vlaanderen champion Philippe Gilbert, Giro d'Italia maglia bianca Bob Jungels and Davide Martinelli.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele


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