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Milano-Torino speaks Colombian again

10/10/2017

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.

 

FINAL RESULT

 

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″

 

 

Quotes from the protagonists

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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