Team Sunweb’s Wilco Kelderman continued to display his late-season strength in Italy today, as he finished in 6th place at Milano-Torino.
A group of five were allowed clear in the opening kilometres of the oldest race on the cycling calendar, only to be caught as the peloton begun their ascent of the penultimate climb on the local lap. Good positioning from the team meant that Team Sunweb still had Wilco Kelderman and Sam Oomen in the group of favourites, which had reduced to around 30 riders as the climb of Superga.
An attack on the climb meant that four riders could go clear, with things later regrouping on the descent. There was a hard pace set into the final 10 kilometres with multiple attacks trying to go forward but it was a group of five that would make the final selection on the final time up Superga. Wilco put in a mountain of work in the chase behind, finishing the day in a solid 6th place.
Wilco said: “We were always in control with the team in front and the guys did a good lead out into the second-last climb. I was able to take another solid result and I finally feel that I’m getting into a good rhythm after a difficult season. I’m happy with the result after a hard day yesterday and now looking forward to Lombardia.”
Team Sunweb coach Arthur van Dongen said: “Today the goal was to bring Wilco as fresh as possible into the final and we succeeded in that. He started with a group of around 20 riders on the final climb and could follow his own tempo. He finished again 6th after yesterday after good team work and a top performance.”