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Ulissi triumphs at Milano-Torino

By:
Stephen Farrand

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
1 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:21:02  
2 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:03  
3 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:00:05  
4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:07  
5 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:11  
6 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:15  
7 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
8 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
9 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
10 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
11 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:24  
12 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling    
13 Patrick Facchini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
14 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha    
15 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
16 Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:41  
17 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha    
18 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:50  
19 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo 0:00:58  
20 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:01:00  
21 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
22 Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling    
23 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia 0:01:08  
24 Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:01:10  
25 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:15  
26 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka 0:01:17  
27 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:23  
28 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
29 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura    
30 Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
31 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard    
32 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:32  
33 Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 0:01:45  
34 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 0:01:55  
35 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 0:02:10  
36 Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling    
37 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
38 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:02:27  
39 Donato De Ieso (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
40 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura    
41 Alexander Rybakov (Rus) RusVelo 0:03:04  
42 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
43 Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) RadioShack Leopard    
44 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
45 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:03:11  
46 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale    
47 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha 0:03:16  
48 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida    
49 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:03:21  
50 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:26  
51 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:03:32  
52 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
53 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:03:45  
54 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia 0:04:02  
55 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 0:04:49  
56 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano    
57 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:05:03  
58 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
59 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team    
60 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar    
61 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 0:05:15  
62 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:05:20  
63 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:05:40  
64 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha    
65 Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:06:36  
66 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli    
67 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
68 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) RusVelo 0:06:57  
69 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:08:02  
70 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:08:07  
71 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team    
72 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:08:20  
73 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
74 Mattia Pozzo (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:08:30  
75 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
76 Sergei Pomoshnikov (Rus) RusVelo    
77 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
78 Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
79 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
80 Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia    
81 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVelo    
82 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha    
83 Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
84 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
85 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia    
86 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
87 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
88 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN-Qhubeka    
89 Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia    
90 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
91 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling    
92 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia    
93 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack Leopard    
94 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia    
95 Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
96 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
97 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
98 Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
99 Jeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia 0:10:14  
100 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 0:10:33  
101 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:10:47  
102 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano    
103 Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team NetApp-Endura    
104 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
105 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
106 Meron Russom (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka    
107 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura    
108 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
109 Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Katusha    
110 Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura    
111 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:11:27  
112 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
113 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team    
114 Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) MTN-Qhubeka    
115 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team    
116 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
117 Davide Gabburo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
118 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
119 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-Shimano    
120 Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
121 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar    
122 Luigi Miletta (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
123 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
124 Gennady Tatarinov (Rus) RusVelo    
125 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:12:05  
DNF Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
DNF Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
DNF Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp    
DNF Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
DNF Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
DNF Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
DNF Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
DNF Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling    
DNF Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
DNF Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Pierre-Henri Lecuisiner (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
DNF Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Igor Boev (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Alexander Mironov (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Ivan Rovny (Rus) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
DNF Davide Mucelli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
DNF Filippo Baggio (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
DNF Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
DNF Giacomo Forconi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
DNF Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
DNF Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
DNF David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
DNF Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNS Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNS Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard    
DNS Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale