Uran wins Milano-Torino

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

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#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 SkyRow 5 - Cell 2
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 MondialeRow 13 - Cell 2
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) FDJRow 25 - Cell 2
27Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:57
28Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina0:03:21
29Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 28 - Cell 2
30Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier TriestinaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:03:26
32Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni GiocattoliRow 31 - Cell 2
33Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 32 - Cell 2
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 CSFRow 40 - Cell 2
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 EmiratesRow 48 - Cell 2
50Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
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 TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 54 - Cell 2
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 TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 63 - Cell 2
65Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 64 - Cell 2
66Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 65 - Cell 2
67Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 66 - Cell 2
68Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 67 - Cell 2
69Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 68 - Cell 2
70Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 69 - Cell 2
71Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 70 - Cell 2
72Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 71 - Cell 2
73Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 72 - Cell 2
74Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 73 - Cell 2
75Sergio Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 74 - Cell 2
76Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-AlpecinRow 75 - Cell 2
77Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:15
78François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 77 - Cell 2
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 EmiratesRow 84 - Cell 2
86Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 85 - Cell 2
87Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 86 - Cell 2
88Marino Kobayashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 87 - Cell 2
89Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 88 - Cell 2
90Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 89 - Cell 2
91Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 90 - Cell 2
92Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-ScottRow 91 - Cell 2
93Karl Patrick Lauk (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team SunwebRow 94 - Cell 2
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-AlpecinRow 98 - Cell 2
100Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 99 - Cell 2
101Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 100 - Cell 2
102Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac0:13:53
103Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:18:22
DNFJens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-ScottRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFDavide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFLaurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFBob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step FloorsRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-AlpecinRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFAlberto Losada (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFJhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-AlpecinRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFMichal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFMikel Landa (Spa) Team SkyRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFKenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFTom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFWarren Barguil (Fra) Team SunwebRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFSimon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFWilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFSam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFEugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFBauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFGregory Rast (Swi) Trek-SegafredoRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFOliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Busato (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFDavide Ballerini (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFMattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFNiccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFEnrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFAntonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFDomen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFSimone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFLorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFSimone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFAlessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFLawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFDavide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFSebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFTom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFYoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFLuis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFJérémy Maison (Fra) FDJRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFSteve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFJose Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFDayer Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 148 - Cell 2
DNFNicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 150 - Cell 2
DNFPier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 151 - Cell 2

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