Rosa wins Milan-Turin

Italian beats Majka with late attack

Diego Rosa continued Astana's run of form in the late-season series of Italian one-day races, with victory at Milan-Turin. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) came home in second after giving chase on the final climb while Rosa's teammate Fabio Aru took third place.

Astana took control of the bunch on the first of two late ascents of the Superga, setting a fast pace to bring back a number of speculative attacks, before shedding more off the back on the descent. The Kazakh team looked confident going into the final kilometres and, after nullifying yet more attacks, Rosa launched his move on the final climb with just over three kilometres to go.

There was some indecision in the bunch as to who would chase, and Wout Poels (Team Sky) finally made a move. After realising that this move was a dangerous one, Majka set off in chase. He caught Poels easily but Rosa was too far up the road already and he would have to settle for second. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) looked good for third heading into the final kilometre but was caught and passed by Aru, clearly delighted for the victory of his teammate and domestique. 

"Today was a really nice race for me. I'm from Torino and there were lots of people here for me. The team is really strong at the moment. This is a very beautiful victory and in Torino it is perfect," Rosa said after the stage. "Normally I work for the team but today was a good opportunity for me. Now I will look forward to Lombardia."

How it happened

The 156-rider peloton rolled out of San Giuliano Milanese just after midday as the series of Italian one-day races continued ahead of Il Lombardia this weekend. The race saw a number of riders returning to action after length layoffs, notably Richie Porte, who has been out of competition since the end of the Tour de France. Tre Valli Varesine winner Vincenzo Nibali wouldn't be riding, however.

Samuele Conti (Southeast), Alessandro Malaguti (Nippo Fantini), Nicolas Lefraçois (Novo Nordisk), Luca Chirico (Bardiani CSF) and Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN Qhubeka) got away after eight kilometres of racing. Averaging 45kph in the first hour, the breakaway had a lead of over five minutes at one point.

Led by Movistar and Astana, the peloton kept them at close quarters and the gap never grew much more than that. The two teams looked eager to ensure the race came back together before the finish and set a blistering pace on the front. With 40 kilometres remaining the five out front had 3:26 but less than 10 kilometres later that had been cut down by two minutes. The catch seemed inevitable by then and despite a last-gasp surge from Malaguti it was gruppo compatto with 26km remaining.

With the break safely back in their ranks, Team Sky took the front of the peloton with world time trial champion Vasil Kiryienka using his turn of speed to shed a few riders. Following his teammates' lead Leopold Konig attacked on the final ascent of the Superga before the finish. In the form of Paolo Tiralongo, Astana claimed responsibility for chasing down the Czech rider and brought him back.

The bunch, still led by Astana, had been severely diminished by the time they reached the flat again with only around 30 riders remaining. The ceasefire ended when they hit the bottom of the Superga once again. Matteo Montaguti (AG2R-La Mondiale) ignited things, swiftly followed by Majka. The Polish rider didn't get too far before they were both brought back.

There were a number of speculative moves but it was Rosa that made the most effective with just under three kilometres to go. Having already dragged back another move, Majka went to the front to drag him back. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider had no initial reaction when Poels went with two kilometres remaining but managed to peg him back and set off in chase of Rosa.

Inside the barriers, Rosa could almost smell the finish line and victory. He put in one final dig to avoid getting caught and had plenty of time to celebrate as he crossed the line. 

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team4:27:51 
2Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:16 
3Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:18 
4Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:20 
5Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:00:23 
6Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:32 
7Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
8Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
9Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:36 
10Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:00:39 
11Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:42 
12Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:00:44 
13Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:46 
14Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:00:51 
15Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing0:00:52 
16Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky  
17Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:56 
18Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:02 
19George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:09 
20Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:11 
21Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:15 
22Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:01:18 
23Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha0:01:19 
24Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:42 
25Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo  
26Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:46 
27Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
28Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:50 
29Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:59 
30Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:02:02 
31Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:02:16 
33Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:02:24 
34Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:02:31 
35Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:34 
36Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:02:37 
37Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:41 
38Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:49 
39Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky0:02:58 
40Matteo Busato (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling0:03:05 
41Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
42Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:25 
43Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky0:03:38 
44Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team0:03:55 
45Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling0:04:04 
46Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
47Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Southeast Pro Cycling  
48Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
49Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia  
50Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
51Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky0:04:37 
52Alberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:04:41 
53Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling0:04:44 
54Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling0:04:48 
55Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:04:52 
56Thomas Degand (Bel) IAM Cycling0:04:54 
57Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
58Koen Bouwman (Ned)0:05:22 
59Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling0:05:27 
60Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:05:29 
61Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha0:05:40 
62Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
63Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:05:50 
64Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ.fr  
65Simone Stortoni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:06:43 
66David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:06:57 
67Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka0:07:07 
68Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:07:16 
69Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:07:18 
70Jorge Camilo Castiblanco Cubides (Col) Colombia0:08:03 
71Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre-Merida0:08:09 
72Ramirez Chacon Brayan Stiven (Col) Colombia  
73Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
74Carlos Mario Ramirez Botero (Col) Colombia  
75Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
76José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18  
77Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha  
78Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr  
79Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
80Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:08:40 
81Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
82Michele Viola (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:09:46 
83Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:09:48 
84Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:09:50 
85Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:10:18 
86Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo0:10:39 
87Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
88Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
89Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:11:07 
90Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
91Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
92Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling  
93Luca Wackermann (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
94Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli  
95Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
96Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre-Merida  
97Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida0:11:11 
98Szymon Rekita (Pol) Trek Factory Racing  
99Antonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:11:35 
100Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
101Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:11:44 
102Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:16:16 
DNFGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFTiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFSonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFEnrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFLuca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFAlessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFLukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFCristiano Salerno (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFVaron Castillo Felix Alejandro (Col) Colombia  
DNFFabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
DNFCayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Colombia  
DNFJuan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
DNFAlexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr  
DNFAnthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr  
DNFArthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr  
DNFSacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFMattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFValerio Conti (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFFilippo Ganna (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team  
DNFJosé Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFFrancisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFDaniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFKristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFPier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFAlessandro Malaguti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGenki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFSamuele Conti (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFAndrea Fedi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFManuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFSimone Ponzi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFAlberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFAlan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRyan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha  
DNFSergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFBertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFBram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFDennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFCorentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJoonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFAndrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFIan Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
DNFRichie Porte (Aus) Team Sky  
DNFFelix Grossschartner (Aut) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFJesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFRobert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFFrank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFMatthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFYaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing  

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