Race report

Wet conditions make for tough edition of Milano-Torino

Milano-Torino

After yesterday’s Italian racing at Tre Valli Varesine, the team were back in action today at Milano-Torino. With a route that has remained unchanged in recent years, the main focal point of the day is the double ascent of the Superga climb, with the top of the second ascent also marking the finish line.

It was a fast start to the day but it didn’t take long for a break of five riders to establish itself at the head of the race. The group worked well together in the testing weather conditions and extended their advantage to over five minutes, but the peloton was always in control behind. Heading into the last hour of racing the bunch started to reel in the breakaway, as the first passage of Superga loomed in the distance. As the climb started to get grippy the breakaway split and their gap fell to less than one minute, with a strong pace set in the peloton. Approaching the summit the remnants of the breakaway were caught and the head of the race was compact.

Despite a few attacks, a fast pace in the valley ensured that the race was together heading into the finale, with Wilco Kelderman, Marc Hirschi and Robert Power all in the front group for the team. On the steep slopes of the Superga an infernal pace was set and riders started dropping from the already reduced peloton. Kelderman rode at his own tempo, digging in as the attacks flew from around him. The Dutch rider would pass several competitors coming towards the line, ending the day just outside the top ten.

“It was a rainy and fast day with a punchy end,” explained Kelderman at the finish. “I didn’t have the best legs today compared to yesterday, but I tried to give everything and rode my own tempo all the way to the line. It was a tough race and now the attention switches focus to Lombardia on Saturday.”

Team Sunweb coach Arthur van Dongen added: “It was a wet and controlled race today. A break of five riders got clear and we were all safe in the bunch. The plan was to bring Marc and Wilco into a good position towards the Superga climb. Unfortunately, we missed Chris due a puncture in the final which made it harder for us. On the last climb the legs decided the day and we were not strong enough for a top ten spot at the finish, but the guys gave it their best.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 WOODS Michael EF Education First 4:03:48 200
2 VALVERDE Alejandro Movistar Team ,, 150
3 YATES Adam Mitchelton-Scott 0:05 125
13 KELDERMAN Wilco Team Sunweb 0:40 20
19 HIRSCHI Marc Team Sunweb 0:59 5
42 POWER Robert Team Sunweb 4:04 -
DNF SALMON Martin Team Sunweb - -
DNF HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb ,, -
DNF FRÖHLINGER Johannes Team Sunweb ,, -
DNF HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb ,, -