Pinot wins Milano-Torino

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) claimed victory in Milano-Torino with a late attack on the final climb of the race. The win was not without controversy as Pinot's winning move came just as one of his main rivals and runner-up Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) crashed into one of Pinot's teammates just before the winning attack was made. World champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) rounded out the podium and finished third in a race that was decided by the two climbs of the Superga as much as it was the late crash and Pinot's formidable form.

"It's a great victory for me," Pinot said. "Milano-Torino is a race I really like. I really like the Classics so to finally win one is very important for me."

The incident involving Lopez came after Astana and FDJ had broken up the race on the final ascent. A group containing Pinot, Lopez, Valverde, Jakob Fuglsang, and David Gaudu (FDJ) had forged clear and just as Gaudu swung off the front after his final turn Lopez put his head and attacked. The two riders collided, and with Fuglsang already out the back only Valverde and Pinot remained at the front of the race. The Frenchman was left at the head of affairs and without even attacking he saw his pace setting distance Valverde. Lopez quickly remounted but despite a spirited chase Pinot had enough to take the prestigious win. Lopez crossed the line 10 seconds later, with Valverde a further 18 seconds in arrears.

The first ascent of the Superga had set the tone for the finale. The 9 per cent average gradient, with pitches of 14 per cent in sections, saw Valverde open up the afterburners with 21km to go. The new world champion was clearly in fine fettle and intent on breaking up the race but although his first acceleration was matched by a number of rivals, none of the riders who initially made the juncture were willing to work him.

Before the final climb the race had been defined by a four-man break that contained Willie Smit (Katusha-Alpecin), Umberto Orsini (Bardiani-CSF), Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy), and the Chuck Norris of breakaways, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal).

The foursome established a lead of almost six minutes but they were swept up as the road steepened on the Superga.

Although Valverde's first attack was quickly countered, the Spaniard's acceleration was enough to reduce the main field to less than 30 riders. A second attack from the Movistar man did further damage with Rui Costa and Gianni Moscon among those who fell back.

Over the top the climb, Valverde pressed on again, and this attack drew Pinot, Gaudu and Rafal Majka into action. A further volley of riders made contact on the descent with Daniel Martin, Tim Wellens, Fabio Aru and Adam Yates still in contention.

On the approach to the final climb, Peter Stetina attacked, and while the American rode well, his acceleration only acted as a foil with Fuglsang, the ever-impressive Gaudu and Daniel Martinez (EF Education First-Drapac) going clear. The trio, with Martinez marking the move for his teammates behind, established a 14-second lead as the road began to rise, but a series of attacks, led by Yates, Wellens and then Mollema saw the trio brought back into sight.

With 3.7km to go Yates attacked. He was soon joined by Pinot and it looked as though the winning move had formed when the two riders bridged up to the leaders.

However, Valverde had other ideas. The 38-year-old, who served a two-year ban for doping, breezed by Mollema and made contact with Pinot, Gaudu and Yates within a few hundred metres. Fuglsang was briefly distanced but returned with Lopez, as Yates slipped out of the group.

Gaudu then set about controlling the pace with Pinot neatly tucked in and Valverde and Astana's Lopez seemingly waiting for the moment to pounce. However, just as Gaudu swung off to the right, Lopez attacked on the same side. If the Colombian had kept his head up he would have seen the FDJ sized obstacle in his path but the briefest of looks to the ground cost the Astana man his momentum and his place in the group. By the time Pinot even looked around he was already clear with Valverde on the rivet and unable to respond. Pinot pressed on the pedals and rode for home and the race was won.

 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ4:43:36
2Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team0:00:10
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:28
4Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:36
5Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:00:38
6Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 5 - Cell 2
7Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:41
8Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:43
10Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Team Sky0:00:45
11Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 10 - Cell 2
12Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:48
13Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:59
14Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:02
15Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 14 - Cell 2
16Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates0:01:13
17Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:15
18Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel-Cycling AcademyRow 17 - Cell 2
19Warren Barguil (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:01:27
20David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:01:38
21Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:01:41
22Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:00
23Marco Tizza (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:02:25
24Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:02:33
25Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:02:37
26Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego (Spa) Israel-Cycling AcademyRow 25 - Cell 2
27Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 27 - Cell 2
29Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:02:49
30Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 29 - Cell 2
31Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:53
32Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:01
33Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 32 - Cell 2
34Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Mitchelton-ScottRow 33 - Cell 2
35Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:03:13
36Simone Velasco (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:03:16
37Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:19
38Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:03:23
39Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky0:03:29
40Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:03:35
41Joan Bou Company (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:03:37
42Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:03:49
43Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:04:03
44Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Luca Raggio (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team0:04:05
47Winner Andrew Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:04:28
48Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:04:30
49Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:04:29
50Jérémy Maison (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:04:38
51José Fernandes Neves (Por) W52/Fc Porto0:04:45
52Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:04:59
53Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:05:01
54Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Team Waoo0:05:03
55José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 54 - Cell 2
56Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky0:05:06
57Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:05:08
58Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:58
59Guy Niv (Isr) Israel-Cycling Academy0:06:15
60Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:06:24
61Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:06:25
62Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 62 - Cell 2
64Simon Špilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin0:06:39
65David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team Sky0:07:09
66Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 65 - Cell 2
67Freddy Ovett (Aus) Australian Cycling Academy - Ride Sunshine Coast0:07:12
68Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:48
69Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:50
70Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team0:09:35
71Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:09:41
72Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb0:10:00
73Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team SkyRow 72 - Cell 2
74Daniel Savini (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 73 - Cell 2
75Jhonnatan Narvaez (Ecu) Quick-Step FloorsRow 74 - Cell 2
76Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 75 - Cell 2
77Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Rory Sutherland (Aus) UAE Team EmiratesRow 77 - Cell 2
79Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 78 - Cell 2
80Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 79 - Cell 2
81Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Bora-HansgroheRow 80 - Cell 2
82Kevin Rivera Serrano (CRc) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 81 - Cell 2
83Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-AlpecinRow 82 - Cell 2
84Filippo Zaccanti (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 83 - Cell 2
85Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 84 - Cell 2
86Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 86 - Cell 2
88Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Katusha-Alpecin0:11:22
89Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel-Cycling Academy0:11:49
90Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:15:45
91Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Diego Rosa (Ita) Team SkyRow 91 - Cell 2
93Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 92 - Cell 2
94Kim Magnusson (Swe) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 93 - Cell 2
95Andrea Bagioli (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 94 - Cell 2
96Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 95 - Cell 2
97Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 96 - Cell 2
98Andrea Garosio (Ita) D'amico UtensilnordRow 97 - Cell 2
99Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 98 - Cell 2
100James Shaw (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 99 - Cell 2
101Michael Storer (Aus) Team SunwebRow 100 - Cell 2
102Omer Goldshtein (Isr) Israel-Cycling AcademyRow 101 - Cell 2
103Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 103 - Cell 2
105Léo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 104 - Cell 2
106Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 105 - Cell 2
107Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 106 - Cell 2
108Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:16:13
109Alexander Evans (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane0:16:23
DNFSacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFCyrus Monk (Aus) Drapac Ef P/B Cannondale Holistic Development TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFMarco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFDario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFEnrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFKristijan Koren (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFMaxim Pirard (Bel) Bahrain-MeridaRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFMirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFAlberto Bettiol (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFEmanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFJérémy Roy (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFKrists Neilands (Lat) Israel-Cycling AcademyRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Boivin (Can) Israel-Cycling AcademyRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFThomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFJens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-ScottRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFRoman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-ScottRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFRob Power (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFCarlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-ScottRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFCarlos Betancur (Col) Movistar TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFNicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFJuan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFSimone Ponzi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFBob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step FloorsRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFLaurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Le Roux (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Kišerlovski (Cro) Katusha-AlpecinRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFJhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Katusha-AlpecinRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFSam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFLennard Kämna (Ger) Team SunwebRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Matthews (Aus) Team SunwebRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFEugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFToms Skujins (Lat) Trek-SegafredoRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFNicholas Rinaldi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFEdoardo Zardini (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 145 - Cell 2

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