Uran wins Milano-Torino

Cannondale rider holds on to take victory

Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) won the 2017 Milano-Torino, attacking on the second and final ascent of Superga before holding off a late onslaught from Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) to celebrate a solo victory at the Basilica overlooking Turin.

Yates crossed the line 10 seconds behind the Colombian, with Fabio Aru (Astana) finishing a further 10 seconds back to round out the podium.

Uran, who finished third here last year, produced a brace of powerful accelerations to go clear from a six-man group that had formed on the early slopes of the 4.9km climb, which was tackled twice in the finale of the autumn classic.

As Aru, David Gaudu (FDJ), Rudy Molard (FDJ), Egan Bernal (Androni), and Mickael Cherel (AG2R La Mondiale), were left scattered in his wake with 2.7km to go, Uran seemed destined for victory, though he was made to sweat for it by the advancing Yates. The 25-year-old attacked from the main group of favourites – containing Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) – and impressively made his way up to Aru and Gaudu before skipping clear to set up a nail-biting final-kilometre pursuit of Uran.

The Colombian went under the flamme rouge with 22 seconds in hand but it was down to 14 seconds as he took the left-hand turn for the final hike up to the Basilica. Yates was looking the stronger of the two but he essentially ran out of road, with Uran denied the luxury of sitting up and celebrating but not the victory itself – his second of the season and a statement of intent ahead of Il Lombardia on Saturday.

"I was a little worried about Yates catching me because I’d suffered a lot to get up here," Uran said. "I wanted to do well today because I’m feeling good. I like racing in Italy and I like this race, it suits me. I’ve been trying to win Lombardia for a few years now, let's hope I can do it this year.”

Nairo Quintana finished strongly to take fourth place as the race fragmented behind Uran and Yates. His Movistar team had looked to split the race with aggressive tactics on the first ascent of Superga but he opted to wait when the move containing Uran went away on the final climb.

Gaudu, the impressive French neo-pro, held on for fourth, crossing the line with Team Sky’s Wout Poels, while Daniel Martinez (Wilier Triestina) and Pinot finished a further few seconds in arrears.

Pierre Latour (AG2R) and Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) rounded out the top 10.

How it unfolded

The roads were largely flat all the way to Superga, which has featured in the race for many years but only as the finale since the race was reimagined by RCS Sport in 2012. The nine per cent climb was tackled twice, the first time seeing the riders turn off shy of the summit for a descent before looping round and tackling it all the way to the Basilica at the top.

In the opening kilometres four riders clipped off the front of the peloton to form the day’s breakaway: Patrick Lauk (Astana), Simone Andreetta (Bardiani-CSF), Guillaume Bonnafond (Cofidis) and Grégory Rast (Trek-Segafredo). Pinot was part of a brief counter-attack that was swiftly shut down by Movistar, but after that there was calm throughout as the breakaway steadily opened up an advantage of over five minutes.

Once through Casale Monferrato and the feed zone at Pozzo Sant’Evasio, with around 90km remaining, the peloton started to move through the gears and make up ground on the leading quartet. FDJ, Cannondale-Drapac, and Movistar, were the primary forces at the head of the bunch and they brought the gap down to 2:30 with 50km remaining.

The pace truly intensified on the approach to Turin, with the start of the finishing circuit at 29.6km to go signifying the start of the race’s denouement. The break’s lead had been slashed as the favourites vied for position on approach to the climb and almost immediately after the road pitched uphill, Bonnafond and Andreeta skipped away from Lauk and Rast, though it wasn’t long before they themselves were caught by the advancing peloton.

Movistar were in the mood and took control, with Dayer Quintana and Victor de la Parte both upping the pace while Sky’s Diego Rosa looked to tap out a more sensible tempo. The first attack came from Winner Anacona and that was cue for the already-thinned bunch to fragment. Rosa tracked it, while Pello Bilbao (Astana), Rein Taaramae (Katusha), Latour, Gaudu, and then Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step) jumped across. As the rest of the other riders started to come back, Alaphilipe kicked again less than a kilometre from the top, leaving the others in his wake.

Alaphilippe might have preferred some company but he seemed to commit as he took on the swooping descent, while some 25 riders settled into a chasing pack behind. Once he hit the flat, however, he found out his lead was less than 20 seconds and he eased up and slotted back into the pack for tactical talks with Dan Martin.

Luis Leon Sanchez, with Bilbao on his wheel, led them to the bottom of the climb with 4.9km to go, but it was Molard who was the first to attack, shortly followed by Aru. The Italian champion’s acceleration was followed closely by Bernal, with Cherel, Gaudu, and Uran also getting involved.

Cherel attacked but, after a brief hesitation among the other five as to who should close it down, he was hunted down, with Uran putting in a pair of impressive accelerations to go clear at the front of the race. Gaudu followed the first but couldn’t match the second.

Further down the road Adam Yates extracted himself from what was left of the bunch and impressively jumped across to the chasers. Cherel and Molard were out of the picture by the time the young Briton made it, with just under 2km to go, leaving him to slot in with Aru and Gaudu some 25 seconds behind Uran. He soon accelerated and left them behind, with Uran in his sights under the flamme rouge.

Quintana, Pinot and Poels made their way up in the closing phases but it proved too little too late as the cameras were fixed on Yates’ pursuit of Uran, the Colombian clinging on for his first victory since the Tour de France.

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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac4:24:51 
2Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott0:00:10 
3Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:20 
4Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:00:28 
5David Gaudu (Fra) FDJ0:00:31 
6Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky  
7Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier Triestina0:00:33 
8Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:00:35 
9Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:43 
10Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:00:53 
11Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors0:00:56 
12Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:57 
13Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:05 
14Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
15Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:01:11 
16Egan Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:01:17 
17Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:25 
18Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier Triestina0:01:32 
19Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:01:39 
20Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:40 
21Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:01:45 
22Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky0:01:47 
23Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:02:18 
24Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:28 
25Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:02:30 
26Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ  
27Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:57 
28Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina0:03:21 
29Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
30Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina  
31Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:03:26 
32Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
33Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
34Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:40 
35Ivan Ramiro Sosa (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:03:43 
36Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott0:03:46 
37Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:03:51 
38Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:03:55 
39Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:03 
40Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:10 
41Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
42Mathias Leturnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:12 
43Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky0:04:28 
44Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:04:30 
45Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:04:46 
46José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:04:51 
47Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:04:56 
48Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:05:10 
49Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
50Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
51Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors0:05:16 
52Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac0:05:40 
53Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:05:42 
54Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team  
55Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
56Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:05:48 
57Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:58 
58Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:06:29 
59Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott0:07:38 
60Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
61Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
62Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
63Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
64Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
65Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
66Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
67Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
68Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
69Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
70Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
71Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
72Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
73Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
74Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates  
75Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky  
76Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin  
77Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:15 
78François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
79Rob Power (Aus) Orica-Scott0:08:30 
80Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:08:41 
81Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:09:56 
82Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb0:10:07 
83Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott0:11:02 
84Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo0:11:08 
85Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
86Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
87Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
88Marino Kobayashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
89Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
90Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
91Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-Scott  
92Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott  
93Karl Patrick Lauk (Est) Astana Pro Team  
94Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
95Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb  
96Kevin Rivera Serrano (CRc) Androni Giocattoli0:13:18 
97Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:13:36 
98Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team0:13:38 
99Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin  
100Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
101Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ  
102Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac0:13:53 
103Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:18:22 
DNFJens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott  
DNFDavide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFLaurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFBob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFRobert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFAlberto Losada (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFJhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFMichal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky  
DNFMikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky  
DNFKenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky  
DNFTom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFWarren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb  
DNFSimon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb  
DNFWilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFSam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFEugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFBauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFGregory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFMatteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFOliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFMatteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
DNFDavide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFMattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFNiccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFEnrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFAntonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFDomen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFSimone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFLorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFSimone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFAlessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFLawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFDavide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFSebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFTom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFYoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFLuis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFAnthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFJérémy Maison (Fra) FDJ  
DNFSteve Morabito (Swi) FDJ  
DNFAlex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
DNFJose Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFDayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
DNFNicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFPier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  

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