Team Sunweb’s Chris Hamilton takes the next step in his development to ride with the best taking a solid 19th place at today’s Milano Torino.
Team Sunweb took to Milano-Torino’s start line today, the oldest classic on the cycling calendar. Starting in San Giuliano riders faced rolling roads across Po Valley before reaching Casale Monferrato where the inclines began to rise before the final circuit and demanding uphill finish.
Whilst a four-rider breakaway went clear, stretching their lead out to five minutes, Team Sunweb remained tucked in the comforts of the peloton for the 186 kilometre test. With 80 kilometres to go the peloton began to coordinate their chase and started the process of reeling in the quartet up the road. As the final breakaway rider was within reach, immediately counter attacks were launched and after numerous attempts, a group finally managed to go clear. With the opportunity to ride in the final to gain experience and take the next steps in his development, Team Sunweb’s Chris Hamilton rode a strong race to finish the day in 19th place.
Chris said: “I felt really good today, I rode my own pace on the climb and I managed to pick up a lot of the riders towards the end. This was a good experience and I want to thank the guys for helping me today, this was a good step for my development to ride the climb in the front group.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “We’re really satisfied with the team work today today. We saw that some of our guys didn’t have a super day so it was obvious that we wanted to give the chance to Chris to go for it in the final. He did a good race for a young rider after his first Grand Tour.”