BORA-hansgrohe fights hard at Milano-Torino.
The 99th edition of the Italian one day race, Milan-Torino, took the riders over 200km from Magenta to Turin. After 180km of relatively flat terrain, to conclude the day, the riders had to contend with two passages of the 4.3km-long and on average 9 per cent steep Superga climb. After Pawel Poljanski’s crash during yesterday’s race, BORA – hansgrohe took to the start line today with only 6 riders. For much of the race, a breakaway group of four riders led out front, and built up a maximum advantage of 4 minutes. The peloton was not in any great hurry to reel the escapees back in, and with 20km remaining they were ultimately caught. On the steep Superga ascent there was a flurry of attacks, and Rafal Majka and David Formolo were in the mix at the head of the field. The race then imploded on the second climb, and ultimately T. Pinot took the win in Turin. After a display of attacking riding, the highest-placed BORA - hansgrohe riders were Davide Formolo and Rafal Majka, who both just missed out on a Top 10 place.
01 T. Pinot 4:43:36
02 M. Lopez +0:10
03 A. Valverde +0:28
04 M. Cattaneo +0:36
12 D. Formolo +0:48
13 R. Majka +0:59
From the Finish Line
“I wanted to try something along with Davide [Formolo] and Peter [Kennaugh]. I attacked on the first climb and David eventually joined me. On the final climb of the Superga, however, we were unable to keep up, and I think the efforts from yesterday’s race took their toll here.” – Rafal Majka
“Today the team worked for Rafal [Majka], Davide [Formolo] and Peter [Kennaugh]. Unfortunately after his efforts in yesterday’s race, Peter didn’t have the legs anymore on the first climb. Rafal then launched an attack with 20km remaining and led in a 5-man group at the head of the race. Davide was able to bridge the gap to him as part of a larger group, but ultimately both riders were unable to match the pace on the final climb and were forced to fall back.“ – Jens Zemke, Sports Director