With a late attack, Uran finishes solo in front of Superga, preceding Yates and Aru.
One year after Columbian Miguel Ángel López won Milano-Torino, the world’s oldest one-day classic, another Columbian, the Tour de France runner-up Rigoberto Urán, rode away on a big gear with 3km to go to take the win, resisting the efforts of Briton Adam Yates and Italian champion Fabio Aru who rounded out the podium.
Data collected by Velon’s devices on the riders’ bikes tells the detailed story of Milano-Torino: Data and an explanation guide can be downloaded here.
1 – Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac Professional Cycling Team) – 186km in 4h24’51” average 42.137 km/h
2 – Adam Yates (Orica – Scott) at 10″
3 – Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team) at 20″
Rigoberto Uran declared in the post-race press conference: “In my career, sometimes I’ve been told that I’ve attacked too early or too late. Today it was early, not exactly when I planned to do it but I saw a gap and I went – in the hardest part of the final climb. I thought Fabio Aru or someone would come across but nobody did. I had the situation under control at the end but I wasn’t 100% sure of winning until I looked behind me in the final curve. It’s important for me and for the team to get a victory, especially as a confidence booster ahead of Il Lombardia, which is a race I like a lot. I know it very well and I have a lot of fans here in Italy, the first European country I came to for racing in 2006.”
Adam Yates, second: “Finishing on the podium is always a good result. I thought with 600 metres to go it was possible to win but in the end Uran had a little bit more. I had a bit of a bad luck in the Giro dell’ Emilia with a small crash, so I couldn’t contest the final; this was my next race, and I got to contest the final. We have a big one on Saturday and I hope the legs will still feel good for Il Lombardia, everyone knows how hard it is. It’s the same course as two years ago, and I was up there two years ago – It’s a much longer race than today and there’s much more climbing than today. My confidence is a bit increased by what I achieved today. It’s been a long time since I contested a final. In the Vuelta, I wasn’t super – It’s good to be back.”
Fabio Aru, third: “This is for sure a good result. We’re at the end of the season and it’s been a demanding season. I really wanted to do well this week to thank my team-mates for the work they’ve been doing for me all year long. Since Uran was so strong today, I’m happy with my third place. Il Lombardia is for sure a very nice race and I’m focused for delivering another good result on Saturday.”
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Milano-Torino was the last race of the 2017 Ciclismo Cup. The winners by team are Gianni Savio’s outfit who has been awarded on stage in Superga.