Caruso wins Milano-Torino

Nocentini and Moreno round out top three

Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) won the Milan-Turin one-day race in Italy with a late burst of speed on the uphill finish to the Superga Basilica, using his excellent end of season form to get the better of fellow Italian Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale). Katusha teammate Dan Moreno finished third, with Joaquim Rodriguez fifth and Sergei Chernetckii seventh for the Russian squad.

Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Fabio Aru (Astana) were expected to fight for victory on the climb on the hill overlooking Turin but Caruso and Nocentini got away in the final two kilometres and held off the chase from a select group of riders. Aru finished fourth, ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) while Contador was sixth.

Caruso is on form after riding the Vuelta a Espana and was part of the Italian team for the world championships. He is expected to work with Rodriguez during Sunday's Il Lombardia as the Spaniard tries to win the final Classics of the season for a third consecutive time.

Surprisingly, Milan-Turin was Caruso first victory since taking the overall classification at the now defunct Brixia Tour back in 2009. He finished fourth at Liege-Bastogne-Liege but has often struggled with injury and serious crashes.

A warm-up for Il Lombardia

Milan-Turin is considered the warm-up race for Sunday's Il Lombardia and so attracts 10 World Tour teams and a strong field, with the uphill finish on the famous Superga climb revealing who is on form at the end of the season.

The race started in the Milan suburb of Settimo Milanese after a brief protest by local residents against the construction of a energy incinerator. The route towards Turin is mostly flat and so it was difficult for a break to form and stay away. A quartet eventually got a gap after an intense 42km of racing, with Jerome Pineau (IAM Cycling), Lorenzo Rota (MG KVis Wilier), Nicola Dal Santo (Nankang Fondriest) and Gianluca Leonardi (Area Zero) in the move.

They quickly opened a five-minute gap before the peloton began to control their lead, with Astana sprinter Jacopo Guarnieri doing much of the work on the front. Saxo-Tinkoff also joined the chase and so the gap fell to 2:20 after 130km of racing. It was just 1:30 with 35km to go to the foot of the first passage of the five-kilometre Superga climb.

Pineau was the last of the break to be caught, with 50 riders going clear on the twisting but constant climb Dario Cataldo (Team Sky) made a move on the day his transfer to Astana was confirmed, with Julian Arredondo (Trek), Alberto Losada (Katusha) and Diego Rosa (Androni Venezuela) joining him. However the peloton responded and Cataldo sat up, with only Rosa going down the fast descent alone. Fabio Felline (Trek Factory Racing) linked up with Rosa briefly but Tinkoff-Saxo was leading the chase on the descent and the race came back together as the climb to the finish began with five kilometres to go.

Katusha sent Sergei Chernetski away early, forcing the other teams to lead the chase. Then Caruso moved, followed by Nocentini and Frank Schleck (Trek Factory Racing). Nocentini teamed up with Caruso as Schleck faded and Astana and Tinkoff-Saxo tried to chase for Aru and Contador. However the pair up front opened a 15-second lead with just a kilometre to go and caught and dropped Chernetski.

As the line approached and the gradient eased, Caruso had a little more strength than Nocentini and was able to win with his arms spread in celebration. The Sicilian had waited since 2009 to taste victory and so celebrated in style.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha4:30:12 
2Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:03 
3Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:09 
4Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:13 
5Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:14 
6Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:17 
7Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:19 
8Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:00:24 
9Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:00:40 
10Mauro Finetto (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo0:00:42 
11Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:44 
12Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:49 
13André Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp0:00:55 
14Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:01:01 
15Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp0:01:05 
16Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing0:01:11 
17Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar  
18Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
19Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp  
20Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:27 
21Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo0:01:32 
22Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha0:01:35 
23Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:01:38 
24Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:59 
25Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia0:02:00 
26Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:27 
27Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:28 
28Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia0:02:46 
29Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing0:02:55 
30Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling0:03:28 
31Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:37 
32Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:03:40 
33Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:04:00 
34Francesco Failli (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo  
35Giorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo  
36Fabio Taborre (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo  
37Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) RusVelo  
39Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) RusVelo  
40Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
41Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia  
42Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Shimano  
43Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano  
44Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
45Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling  
47Moreno Giampaolo (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
48Ferekalsi Debesay Abrha (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
49Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
50Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
51Clement Chevrier (USA) Trek Factory Racing  
52Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin Sharp  
53Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
54Simone Ponzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo  
55Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
56Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky  
57Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky  
58Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
59Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Team  
60Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
61Gian Marco Di Francesco (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
62Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team  
63Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo  
64Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo  
65Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
66Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
67Simone Petilli (Ita) Area Zero Team  
68Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
69Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
70David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky  
71Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
72Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin Sharp  
73Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka  
74Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
75Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
76Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
77Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
78Sergei Pomoshnikov (Rus) RusVelo  
79Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
80Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
81Ivan Balykin (Ita) RusVelo  
82David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
83Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
84Samuele Conti (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo  
85Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling  
86Yonder Godoy (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
87Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Area Zero Team  
88Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia  
89Alfonso Fiorenza (Ita) Nanking-Fondriest  
90Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Nanking-Fondriest  
91Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
92Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling  
93Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
94Gonzalez Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
95Sergey Klimov (Rus) RusVelo  
96Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
97Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
98Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka  
99Fabio Chinello (Ita) Area Zero Team  
100Fabio Gadda (Ita) Team Idea  
101Lorenzo Rota (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
102Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo  
103Cesare Ciommi (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
104Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo  
105Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVelo  
106Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
107Charly Petelin (Ita) Area Zero Team  
108Antonio Merolese (Ita) Nanking-Fondriest  
109Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
110Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
111Marco Tecchio (Ita) Area Zero Team  
112Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling  
DNFSergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFIvan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFNicki Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFThomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin Sharp  
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team  
DNFBenat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFAdriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team  
DNFEnrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFEugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFYaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFCalvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFEnrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFAlessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFIan Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
DNFSalvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
DNFKanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky  
DNFCarlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMatteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFBrian Bulgac (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
DNFLawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano  
DNFDries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano  
DNFCheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Shimano  
DNFSteven Lammertink (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
DNFJerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFVincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFThomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFAndrea Fedi (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo  
DNFYonnatta A. Monsalve (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
DNFTiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFStefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
DNFStefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
DNFJérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling  
DNFEdward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia  
DNFFabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
DNFNorena Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
DNFBartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFMaciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFTsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFJay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFStephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFPaolo Cravanzola (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFKevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJoonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJavier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFAndrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFCharles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFArtem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFMatteo Busato (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
DNFRicardo Tomas Creel (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
DNFLuca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
DNFMattia Frapporti (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
DNFAndrei Nechita (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
DNFChristian Delle Stelle (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
DNFRino Gasparrini (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
DNFGianni Franco d'Intino (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFEmiliano Faieta (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFFabio Tuzi (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFAlessio Lanzano (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFFilippo Baggio (Ita) Nanking-Fondriest  
DNFNicola Dal Santo (Ita) Nanking-Fondriest  
DNFLoris Paoli (Ita) Nanking-Fondriest  
DNFLuca Taschin (Ita) Nanking-Fondriest  
DNFGianluca Leonardi (Ita) Area Zero Team  
DNFGianluca Mengardo (Ita) Area Zero Team  
DNFDaniele Mossini (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFRicardo Pichetta (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFMatteo Collodel (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFAlessandro Pettiti (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFMatteo Spreafico (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFSimone Carantoni (Ita) Team Idea  

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