11 September 2019

Milano-Torino 100th edition: the race that’s part of cycling history

The oldest classic will celebrate its 100th edition on Wednesday 9 October. Milano-Torino NamedSport marks this historic anniversary on the same route as last year’s race – starting from Magenta and finishing on the Colle di Superga climb, where the victory went to the French rider Thibaut Pinot.

 

THE ROUTE

After departing from Magenta the riders cross the Padana plain on flat, wide, straight roads with a long route through the Abbiategrasso, Vigevano and Lomellina territories up to Monferrato. Here the race profile begins to change with the gentle ups and downs of the Casale Monferrato area before returning to the wide, straight roads that lead to the final circuit.

After San Mauro Torinese the route goes along the Po river in Corso Casale then up to the Basilica of Superga for the first time (with a turn 600m before the finish line). Then it’s down to Rivodora with a demanding descent that brings the riders back to San Mauro, and up to the finish with gradients of over 10%. There is a feed zone at km 89-92.

 

Last km

The last 5km are repeated twice (except for the final 600m) from Turin in Corso Casale, where the climb to the Basilica of Superga begins. The average slope is 9.1% with a peak of 14% at around halfway up, and long stretches at 10%. At 600m from the finish line there’s a U-turn left to face the final ramp, with its 8.2% gradient, and then the last bend is at 50m from the finish.

 

TEAMS

21 teams: 16 UCI WorldTeams and 5 UCI Professional Continental Teams:

  • ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • BAHRAIN – MERIDA
  • BORA – HANSGROHE
  • CCC TEAM
  • DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP
  • EF EDUCATION FIRST
  • GROUPAMA – FDJ
  • LOTTO SOUDAL
  • MITCHELTON – SCOTT
  • MOVISTAR TEAM
  • TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • TEAM INEOS
  • TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN
  • TEAM SUNWEB
  • TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • UAE TEAM EMIRATES
  • ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC
  • BARDIANI CSF
  • NERI SOTTOLI SELLE ITALIA KTM
  • NIPPO – VINI FANTINI – FAIZANE’
  • TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC

 

QUOTES

The Mayor of Magenta, Chiara Calati said: “It is with great pride that this year Magenta hosts the 100th edition of Milano-Torino, after having already hosted this ‘classic of classics’ last year. Having such a significant national and international sporting event in our city fully reflects the desire to highlight Magenta’s potential as an attractive city for the entire territory.

“Hearing the great names that will ride in our streets is a great thrill and a source of pride for an area where cycling is our passion, even at an amateur level along the banks of the Naviglio Grande and in the green of Parco Ticino. We are certain that the citizens of Magento will all participate with great warmth and enthusiasm.”

Stefano Allocchio, RCS Sport Race Director, highlighted how: “There are few races in the world that can celebrate the 100 editions. This is the oldest classic, which, even in recent years, has seen the names of the most prominent riders in its roll of honour. We will start from Magenta, a city of culture and cycling tradition that fully believes in this project. The finish will be under the Basilica of Superga, a place dedicated to sport, and I am sure that a great champion will win.”

“Sport is one of the hubs that makes the city live, not only from the point of view of the competition itself, but also as a stimulus to all the local businesses and activities that make our community work. I am thinking of associations, students and tradesmen, but also all the other people who are aware of how important it is to work together with these great events to welcome the teams and athletes with their international appeal. Together they give Magenta the image of an open city that accepts challenges and wins them,” said the Councilor for Sport of the Municipality of Magenta, Luca Aloi.