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Press Releases | 09.10.2019

Tough day in the saddle at Milano – Torino

Although the 100th edition of Milano - Torino consisted of a flat course over the first half of the parcours, the Italian one-day race had a demanding finale in store for the riders. 20 km ahead of the finish, Superga ascent in Turin, at 4 km in length, with an average gradient of 9 percent, had to be contended with for the first time. Following the descent and a short flat section, the riders continued up the steep climb for the last 5 km before reaching the finish line at the Basilica di Superga after having spent 179 km in the saddle. Already after the first few kilometres, a 5-man group had managed to break away from the field and quickly created a gap of about 6 minutes. The main field was in no big hurry to reel in the escapees and on the first flat section, BORA - hansgrohe rode tucked away in the peloton. In the second half of the race, the lead of the leading group remained unchanged for quite some time, and it took another 40 km until the distance of the field to the breakaway began to decrease. Over the last 50 km, BORA - hansgrohe moved up to the front of the main field and under the increased tempo that was being set by squad from Raubling, the advantage of the quintet dipped to under 2 minutes until they were finally caught. Team Ineos took over the lead and a reduced field, among them Davide Formolo, Emanuel Buchmann and Rafał Majka, crested the steep Superga climb for the first time. At the 5 km mark, a small group launched an attack and carved out a slight advantage over the chasing group. The Italian champion and his two teammates, however, were unable to keep up the pace at this stage and fell back slightly. 500m ahead of the finish line, M. Woods launched a decisive attack out of the leading group and took the win. Davide, Emanuel and Rafal arrived at the finish in the reduced bunch behind.

 

Result

01 M. Woods         4:03:48

02 A. Valverde          +0:00

03 A. Yates                +0:05

14 R. Majka               +0:40

18 D. Formolo           +0:46

24 E. Buchmann        +1:22

 

From the finish line

“It was not an easy race, particularly with the cold conditions and partly wet roads. On the first climb, Davide, Emu and I were able to make it into a reduced group. The very final climb saw some attacks, but we weren’t able to keep up with them, and after a select few riders distanced themselves from the field, we weren’t able to bridge the gap. But we still have another two days of racing here in Italy and so we have a few more chances to produce an improved result.” – Rafal Majka

 

“The team rode for our three climbers, Emu, Davide and Rafa, and the guys did good work to bring them well-positions to the two final climbs. However, they didn’t have the legs necessary to have a real say in the race proceedings and take out a top placing, so we had to be satisfied with place 14 and 18.” – Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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