While its first editions were raced in March, a few days before the Spring Classicissima, Milano-Torino then became an autumn classic as early as 1911, before returning to being a March fixture in the period after the Second World War up until 1975.
The 101st edition of Milano-Torino is characterised by a flat route that suits the sprinters: 198km departing from Mesero and finishing in Stupinigi, in front of the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi where, in 2018, Sonny Colbrelli sprinted to win the GranPiemonte.
The route of the 101st edition is basically flat except for the crossing of Monferrato where a series of short climbs will be faced. After departing from Mesero it crosses Magenta before continuing along the Po Valley on wide and straight roads. In addition to the usual city obstacles such as roundabouts, traffic islands and raised sections, there are four level crossings, all concentrated in the first 60km. After crossing the Po near Valenza, the route takes in the undulations of Monferrato, before crossing Asti. The final 70km are practically flat to the finish in Stupinigi.
The route’s last 5km are mostly flat or slightly uphill on medium width city roads including a series of roundabouts. The last corner is 400m from the finish.
RCS Sport comments: “With this year’s edition of the Milano-Torino we have returned to its historic calendar position, anticipating Milano-Sanremo by a few days, as it used to happen back in the past. It will probably be a Milano-Torino for the sprinters, given the mainly flat route. We will start from Mesero just outside Milan to finish in front of Stupinigi’s Palazzina di Caccia, one of the residences of the Royal House of Savoy. “Also this race will symbolise a restart, not only from a sporting point of view but also from a tourist point of view, since cycling is closely connected to the promotion of the territory. The proximity to the first Classic Monument of the season offers a new interpretation for this race which will be a real test for all those who want to try to win Milano-Sanremo on Saturday 8 August. Our Region is proud to host the Milano-Torino, an exceptional race which, after a terrible time for our country due to the virus, will help reconnect the two Italian cities, thanks to sport,” says Regional Councilor for Sport Fabrizio Ricca. “The race will end in front of the Palazzina di Caccia in Stupinigi and will be the opportunity to show everyone the beauty of our territory, which also offers athletes the chance to practice their sport in contact with nature, history and art.”
The Mayor Mesero Davide Garavaglia, said: “It is with great pride that this year Mesero will host the 101st edition of the Milano-Torino. Such a significant sporting event at national and international level fully reflects the desire and the potential of the city of Mesero, already a great tourist destination due to the presence of Santa Gianna Beretta Molla. Hearing the big names that will parade in our streets is a great emotion and we are sure that our citizens will participate with great warmth and enthusiasm.”
The Mayor of Nichelino, Giampietro Tolardo, said: “The city of Nichelino is proud to host the arrival in Stupinigi of the 101st edition of the Milano-Torino, one of the oldest and most glorious races on the Italian and international cycling scene. We eagerly anticipate the winner crossing the finish line, right in front of the splendid Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi, a World Heritage site. I hope that all the participants have a great race!”