Ulissi triumphs at Milano-Torino

Italian beats Majka and Moreno in uphill finale

Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) won Milan-Turin with a late attack that allowed him to win atop the Superga climb overlooking the Piemonte capital.

Ulissi finished second behind Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) in 2012 but timed his move perfectly to win this time.

The Italian was part of a big-name attack on the climb that included 2012 winner Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Rafal Majka (Saxo Tinkoff) and Daniel Moreno (Katusha). They came together in the final kilometre but Ulissi found some extra strength and attacked alone.

Majka finished three second behind, with Moreno third at five seconds. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) was fifth and Contador sixth. It was Ulissi's fourth win of the season after also taking a stage at the Tour of Poland, and a stage and the overall classification at the Settimana Coppi & Bartali.

"This morning things didn’t go right. I was suffering after my crashes on Sunday. Fortunately I felt better as the race went on and realised I could do something when e started the Superga climb," he explained.

"My teammate Durasek was great at setting me up and then when Majka and Pozzovivo went, I knew I couldn't let them go. I jumped across to them pretty easily and realised that nobody else was with us. I took off with a kilometre to go, giving it everything. It worked out perfectly and it's great to win an important race like this."

How it happened

While it was the climb to the finish at Superga that decided the race, the racing started fast and furious, with Josef Cerny (CCC Polsat), Jay Robert Thomson (MTN Qhubeka), Bjorn Thurau (Europcar), Maurits Lammertink (Vacansoleil DCM) and Cesare Benedetti (Netapp Endura Racing) getting away after 29km.

Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Leopard) was one of three riders who did not start. New world champion Rui Costa (Movistar) did not ride but Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) were amongst the 157 starters.

Lammertink, Benedetti and Cerny soon eased up but Thomson and Thurau fought on, opening a lead of 7:40 after 105km of fast racing. Saxo-Tinkoff lead the chase for Majka and Contador, gradually bringing down the gap and then catching the breakaway at the foot of the first assault of the Superga climb.

Durasek, Majka and Pimenta (NetApp-Endura) got a gap but the race came back together on the fast descent before the climb to the finish. Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli) was the first to try his hand and was followed by Rafal Majka (Saxo Tinkoff) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale).

Spotting the danger of the move, Ulissi jumped across to them and then went clear alone inside the final kilometre, anticipating attacks from Contador, Dani Moreno (Katusha) and Valverde.

 

Full Results
1Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida4:21:02 
2Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:03 
3Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha0:00:05 
4Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:07 
5Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:11 
6Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:15 
7Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
8Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
9Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
10Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
11Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp0:00:24 
12Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
13Patrick Facchini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
14Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha  
15Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
16Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:41 
17Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha  
18Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:50 
19Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo0:00:58 
20Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling0:01:00 
21Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
22Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling  
23Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia0:01:08 
24Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling0:01:10 
25Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard0:01:15 
26Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka0:01:17 
27Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:23 
28Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
29José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura  
30Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
31Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard  
32Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:32 
33Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:01:45 
34Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:01:55 
35Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka0:02:10 
36Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling  
37Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:02:27 
39Donato De Ieso (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
40Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura  
41Alexander Rybakov (Rus) RusVelo0:03:04 
42Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
43Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) RadioShack Leopard  
44Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
45Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling0:03:11 
46Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale  
47Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha0:03:16 
48Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida  
49Fabio Taborre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:03:21 
50Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:26 
51Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:03:32 
52Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
53Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:45 
54Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia0:04:02 
55Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano0:04:49 
56Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano  
57Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:05:03 
58Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
60Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar  
61Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka0:05:15 
62Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard0:05:20 
63Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard0:05:40 
64Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha  
65Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:06:36 
66Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
67Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
68Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) RusVelo0:06:57 
69Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:08:02 
70Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:08:07 
71Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team  
72Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:08:20 
73Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
74Mattia Pozzo (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:08:30 
75Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
76Sergei Pomoshnikov (Rus) RusVelo  
77Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
78Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
79Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
80Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
81Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVelo  
82Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha  
83Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
84Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
85Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia  
86Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
87Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
88Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN-Qhubeka  
89Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
90Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
91Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling  
92Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
93George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack Leopard  
94Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia  
95Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
96Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
97Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
98Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
99Jeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia0:10:14 
100Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:10:33 
101Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:10:47 
102Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano  
103Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team NetApp-Endura  
104Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
105Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
106Meron Russom (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka  
107Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura  
108Rafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
109Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Katusha  
110Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
111Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:11:27 
112José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
113Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  
114Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) MTN-Qhubeka  
115Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
116Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
117Davide Gabburo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
118Antonio Santoro (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
119Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-Shimano  
120Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
121Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar  
122Luigi Miletta (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
123Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
124Gennady Tatarinov (Rus) RusVelo  
125Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:05 
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
DNFLachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFMichel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFNathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFLuca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFFredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team  
DNFFrancois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano  
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
DNFNicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
DNFJosef Cerny (Cze) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFAdrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFMatthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling  
DNFBryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFSergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
DNFVincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFPierre-Henri Lecuisiner (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFMatteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFAngelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFIgor Boev (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFAlexander Mironov (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFIvan Rovny (Rus) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
DNFDavide Mucelli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
DNFFilippo Baggio (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
DNFAlfredo Balloni (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
DNFGiacomo Forconi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
DNFRory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
DNFSimone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDavid Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFEnrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFMirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFSergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNSGrega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNSAndy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard  
DNSGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  

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