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The rainbow to shine on the oldest Classic

05/10/2021

Milano Torino 2021

The Milano-Torino, first held in 1876, is cycling's oldest competition and celebrates its 102nd edition.

Many of the sport’s top names are at the start in Magenta, including Alaphilippe who will debut in his new Rainbow Jersey, alongside Pogacar, Roglič, Nibali, Pinot, Valverde, Quintana, Geoghegan Hart, A. Yates and Woods.

The tramway for the Sassi-Superga train will be open on the day of the race to facilitate spectators who may wish to watch the race from the top of Superga Hill for the finish:

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RCS sport announces the start list for Milano-Torino presented by Eolo. This year’s edition will start tomorrow in Magenta, and finishes after 189km atop the Basilica of Superga (Turin).

On the road will be 23 teams of 7 riders each: 15 UCI WorldTeams and 8 UCI ProTeams.In addition to World Champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), who returns to competition after his success at the World Championships in Leuven, featuring on the race’s entry list is the winner of the last two editions of the Tour de France Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and Olympic Time Trial Champion Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), who recently won Il Giro dell’Emilia and the Vuelta a España. Other ‘protagonists’ expected to race include multiple grand tour winner Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation) and his teammate Michael Woods, last winner of the race atop Superga, Vincenzo Nibali (Trek – Segafredo), as well as Aleksandr Vlasov and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana – Premier Tech), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ), winner on the Colle di Superga in 2018, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), Nairo Quintana (Team Arkéa-Samsic), Emanuel Buchmann (Bora – Hansgrohe), Tao Geoghegan Hart and Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers).

The route

The race starts from Magenta, and crosses the Po Valley on flat roads that pass through an area of rice fields, touching Novara and Vercelli to reach Biella before tackling the short climb to Zimone. Then the route returns to the flats through the Po Valley with wide and mainly straight roads that lead to the final circuit.

After San Mauro Torinese the route follows along the Po river in Corso Casale then progresses 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 kms

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 gradient of the Colle di Superga 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 an 8.2% gradient, and then a final bend just 50m from the finish.

TV coverage

RCS Sport’s autumn classics, starting on Wednesday 6 October with the Milano-Torino presented by Eolo, will be broadcast to screens all over the world with television coverage across all five continents. On Wednesday 6 October, host broadcaster RAI will televise the Milano-Torino presented by Eolo free-to-air on Rai Sport + HD from 15:20 to 17:10 (CEST). On the European scene, Eurosport will offer the race live on its screens from 15:20 to 17:00 on Eurosport1, and also on Eurosport Player from 15:20 to 17:20.

Overseas, the race will be live in Mexico and Central America on TUDN, and on ESPN in South America, on ESPN 2 and the STAR + platform. It will also be broadcast in South Africa on Supersport screens. In Japan, it will be possible to watch the race on J Sports and in China on Zhibo TV. In Southeast Asia, fans will be able to follow the race live on Eurosport Southeast Asia, while in New Zealand it will be live on Sky Sports. Meanwhile, the GCN streaming platform will broadcast to Europe, Southeast Asia, India, North America, Australia, Japan, the Middle East and Africa.

Milano-Torino presented by Eolo’s international TV schedule is available here.

Treedom becomes the sustainability partner of the Rcs Sport Autumn Classics

Treedom, the first web platform in the world that allows you to plant trees remotely and follow their history online, becomes sustainability partner of Milano-Torino presented by Eolo, Gran Piemonte presented by Eolo and Il Lombardia presented by Eolo. To mark the occasion, RCS and Treedom have issued a challenge to the teams participating in the three races, with each of the teams promoting the purchase of trees to populate their “own forest”.

The most active team, the one that best communicates the initiative via its social channels, and therefore the team that encourages the planting of the largest number of trees, will be celebrated and awarded in Bergamo on the ceremony podium of Il Lombardia, on Saturday 9 October.

It’s a compelling challenge, which seeks to offer a valid contribution to the protection and safeguarding of the Planet. Planting a tree, even remotely via the web, enables the absorption of CO₂ emissions and protects biodiversity, generating benefits for the entire planet.

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