Pinot Wins Milan-Torino

10 October 2018 03:39
FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot has won the Milan-Torino race. The race – the oldest classic fist raced in 1876, was over a 200km course which started in Magenta and rolls across the Po Valley along flat roads, all the way through the Abbiategrasso, Vigevano and Lomellina plains, up to the Monferrato, where the race profile becomes wavier, with gentle climbs and descents with some punchy short climbs (such as Lu, Altavilla Monferrato and Alfiano Natta) that lead to the final circuit. The route rolls past San Mauro Torinese and all along the Po River in Corso Casale, where it takes in the first climb to the Basilica of Superga. The road then drops down into Rivodora on a technical descent (diverting 600 metres before the finish) that leads back to San Mauro. Here the route goes up again, all the way to the finish, with gradients exceeding 10%. The last 5km (to be covered twice, with the exception of the final 600m) start in Torino, in Corso Casale, at the foot of the climb that leads to the Basilica of Superga. The average gradient is 9.1%, with a mid-climb peak of 14% and long stretches featuring 10% gradients. There is a left-hand U-turn 600m before the finish that leads to a short 8.2% climb, with one last bend 50m before the finish. Thomas De Gendt of Lotto Soudal, Omer Goldstein, Umberto Orsini and Willie Smit got into an early break and were 5.35 ahead after 75kms and six minutes clear with 120kms left. With 63kms left, the chase by the peloton which included the World Champion Alejandro Valverde of Movistar was on and the gap was down to two and a half minutes. The gap went under two minutes and was at 1.42 with 33kms to go. Onto the climb and only Orsini and Smit were left up front. They were caught and Valverde attacked with a lap to go and was joined by Tim Wellens and British rider Hugh Carthy. That break was immediately shut down so Valverde led Majka, Gaudo and Pinot over the top with twenty kilometres to go. Carthy, Adam Yates and Dan Martin were in a group that joined Valverde and co on the front. Jacob Fuglsang of Astana attacked with 11.7kms to go in an attempt to try and stretch the bunch. Tim Wellens was next to attack with ten kilometres remaining but his raid was soon covered as the group of 22 riders headed towards the finish at Torino Superga. Fuglsang, FDJ’s David Gaudo on his 22nd birthday and Martinez led as they turned left and started on the final climb up to the Basilica. The trio up front had a ten second lead with four kilometres left, so Adam Yates from Bury went after them and caught them as did Thibaut Pinot who followed Gaudo a kilometre later. Valverde and Carthy went and Valverde got up to to the FDJ duo as the gradient got north of 10% with Lopez and Fuglsang with Carthy following. Lopez and Gaudo crashed with 1.2kms left, so Pinot had to go it alone and pushed on with less than a kilometre to go. Lopez got back in and was ahead of Valverde onto the final bends. Thibaut Pinot kept going and won in 4.43.36 with Miguel Angel Lopez second and Alejandro Valvderde in third.             . read full article

Source: Kev Monks