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Milano–Torino is a semi classic European single day cycling race, between the northern Italian cities of Milan and Turin over a distance of 199 kilometres. The event was first run in 1876[1] making it the oldest of the Italian classic races and one of the oldest in the world. The event is owned by the RCS media group which owns the Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport. RCS also organises other top Italian cycling events such as the Giro d'Italia, Milan–San Remo and Tirreno–Adriatico. The race is ranked 1.HC on the UCI continental calendar. The race was not run between the spring of 2007 and the autumn of 2012.[2]

Milano–Torino
Milano–Torino logo.svg
DateMid October
RegionNorth of Italy
English nameMilan–Turin
Local name(s)Milano–Torino (in Italian)
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeOne-day
OrganiserRCS Sport
Web sitewww.milanotorino.it Edit this at Wikidata
First edition1876 (1876)
Editions99 (as of 2018)
First winner Paolo Magretti (ITA)
Most recent Thibaut Pinot (FRA)

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Race datesEdit

The position of the race in the European calendar has changed several times. Prior to 1987 the event was always seven days before Milan–San Remo and was seen as an important preparation race for the Spring Classics, however in 1987 Milano–Torino was switched to a date in October just before the Giro di Lombardia because the race organisers were not happy with the inclement weather conditions characterised by early March in northern Italy. In October the race became part of the “Trittico di Autunno” (Autumn Treble) along with the Giro del Piemonte and the Giro di Lombardia which were all run in the same week. In 2005 Milan–Torino returned to its traditional date in early March, however the 2008 edition again returned to a date in October exchanging dates with the Monte Paschi Eroica race which is now be run in March. However the race did not take place in October 2008 and it was not run for the next four years until an agreement was reached in February 2012 between the race owners (RCS) and the Associazione Ciclistica Arona to organise the race for the next three years.[2]

The 2000 edition of the race was not held because of torrential rain which caused catastrophic mud slides in the Piedmont area.

The routeEdit

The race starts in Novate Milanese, just north west of Milan, and crosses the Ticino river at Vigevano after 40 kilometres, leaving the region of Lombardy and entering Piedmont. The first 95 kilometres of the race are run in a south westerly direction on broad flat roads, the climb of Vignale Monferrato (293 metres) is encountered and then a series of small undulations take the race to Asti after 130 kilometres. The race route crosses four railway level crossings at 70, 75, 129 and 133 kilometres and these can be important in helping any breakaways if the peloton is held up by a train. At Asti the race swings north westerly towards Turin climbing steadily before tackling the tough climb of the Superga Hill (620 metres) just 16 kilometres from the finish. The Superga climb is often the springboard for a group of riders to escape before the finish. From the top of the Superga it is a fast picturesque descent into Turin down the Strada Panoramica dei Colli through the Parco Naturale della Collina di Superga to finish in the Fausto Coppi velodrome on Corso Casale in Turin.

In 2012 edition the finish was moved on the top of Superga (repeated two times).

Significant winnersEdit

Milano–Torino is one of the fastest of the classics, Walter Martin won the 1961 edition at an average speed of 45.094 kilometres per hour and this stood for a time as the fastest speed in a classic race until beaten by Marinio Vigna in the 1964 edition of the Tre Valli Varesine. Swiss rider Markus Zberg now holds the record average speed for the race when he won in 1999 at a speed of 45.75 kilometres per hour. The record for the most wins in Milano–Torino stands to the Italian Costante Girardengo who took five victories between 1914 and 1923. Pierino Favalli took a hat trick of wins between 1938 and 1940. Tour de France and Giro d’Italia winner, the late Marco Pantani almost lost his life in the 1995 edition of Milano–Torino when police allowed a four-wheel drive vehicle onto the course by mistake, Pantani and two other riders ploughed into the vehicle. Pantani sustained multiple leg breaks and missed the entire 1996 season. In 2012 the winner was Alberto Contador that won his first single day race in his pro career.

RacesEdit

During the first race in 1876, there were only 10 competitors, however, there were an estimated 10,000 spectators.[3]

WinnersEdit

 
The Superga hill, historic decisive point of the race
Rider Team
1876   Paolo Magretti (ITA) individual
1877–
1893
No race
1894   Luigi Airaldi (ITA) individual
1895 No race
1896   Giovanni Moro (ITA) individual
1897–
1902
No race
1903   Giovanni Gerbi (ITA) Maino
1904 No race
1905   Giovanni Rossignoli (ITA) Bianchi
1906–
1910
No race
1911   Henri Pélissier (FRA) individual
1912 No race
1913   Giuseppe Azzini (ITA) Otav
1914   Costante Girardengo (ITA) Maino-Dunlop
1915   Costante Girardengo (ITA) Bianchi
1916 No race
1917   Oscar Egg (SUI) Bianchi
1918   Gaetano Belloni (ITA) Bianchi
1919   Costante Girardengo (ITA) Stucchi-Dunlop
1920   Costante Girardengo (ITA) Stucchi-Dunlop
1921   Federico Gay (ITA) Bianchi-Dunlop
1922   Adriano Zanaga (ITA) Ganna-Dunlop
1923   Costante Girardengo (ITA) Maino
1924   Federico Gay (ITA) Alcyon-Dunlop
1925   Adriano Zanaga (ITA) Ideor
1926–
1930
No race
1931   Giuseppe Graglia (ITA) individual
1932   Giuseppe Olmo (ITA) individual
1933   Giuseppe Graglia (ITA) Bestetti-D'Alessandro
1934   Mario Cipriani (ITA) Frejus
1935   Giovanni Gotti (ITA) Legnano-Wolsit
1936   Cesare Del Cancia (ITA) Ganna
1937   Giuseppe Martano (ITA) Tendil
1938   Pierino Favalli (ITA) Legnano
1939   Pierino Favalli (ITA) Legnano
1940   Pierino Favalli (ITA) Legnano
1941   Pietro Chiappini (ITA) Olympia
1942   Pietro Chiappini (ITA) Legnano
1943-
1944
No race
1945   Vito Ortelli (ITA) Benotto
1946   Vito Ortelli (ITA) Benotto-Superga
1947   Italo De Zan (ITA) Lygie-Pirelli
1948   Sergio Maggini (ITA) Wilier Triestina
1949   Luigi Casola (ITA) Benotto-Superga
1950   Adolfo Grosso (ITA) Wilier Triestina
1951   Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) Ganna-Ursus
1952   Aldo Bini (ITA) Bianchi-Pirelli
1953   Luciano Maggini (ITA) Atala-Pirelli
1954   Agostino Coletto (ITA) Frejus
1955   Cleto Maule (ITA) Torpado-Ursus
1956   Ferdinand Kübler (SUI) Carpano-Coppi
1957   Miguel Poblet (ESP) Ignis-Doniselli
1958   Agostino Coletto (ITA) Carpano
1959   Nello Fabbri (ITA) Bianchi-Pirelli
1960   Arnaldo Pambianco (ITA) Legnano
1961   Walter Martin (ITA) Carpano
1962   Franco Balmamion (ITA) Carpano
1963   Franco Cribiori (ITA) Gazzola
1964   Valentin Uriona (ESP) Kas-Kaskol
1965   Vito Taccone (ITA) Salvarani
1966   Marino Vigna (ITA) Vittadello
1967   Gianni Motta (ITA) Molteni
1968   Franco Bitossi (ITA) Filotex
1969   Claudio Michelotto (ITA) Max Meyer
1970   Luciano Armani (ITA) Scic
1971   Georges Pintens (BEL) Hertekamp-Magniflex
1972   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Dreher
1973   Marcello Bergamo (ITA) Filotex
1974   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Brooklyn
1975   Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Brooklyn
1976   Enrico Paolini (ITA) Scic
1977   Rik Van Linden (BEL) Bianchi-Campagnolo
1978   Pierino Gavazzi (ITA) Zonca-Santini
1979   Alfio Vandi (ITA) Magniflex-Famcucine
1980   Giovanni Battaglin (ITA) Inoxpran
1981   Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA) Santini-Selle Italia
1982   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) Del Tongo-Colnago
1983   Francesco Moser (ITA) Gis Gelati-Campagnolo
1984   Paolo Rosola (ITA) Bianchi-Piaggio
1985   Daniele Caroli (ITA) Santini-Krups
1986 No race
1987   Phil Anderson (AUS) Panasonic-Isostar
1988   Rolf Gölz (GER) Superconfex–Yoko–Opel–Colnago
1989   Rolf Gölz (GER) Superconfex–Yoko–Opel–Colnago
1990   Mauro Gianetti (ITA) Helvetia-La Suisse
1991   Davide Cassani (ITA) Ariostea
1992   Gianni Bugno (ITA) Gatorade-Château d'Ax
1993   Rolf Sørensen (DEN) Carrera Jeans–Tassoni
1994   Francesco Casagrande (ITA) Mercatone Uno–Medeghini
1995   Stefano Zanini (ITA) Gewiss–Ballan
1996   Daniele Nardello (ITA) Mapei–GB
1997   Laurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE
1998   Niki Aebersold (SUI) Post Swiss Team
1999   Markus Zberg (SUI) Rabobank
2000 No race due to flooding
2001   Mirko Celestino (ITA) Saeco Macchine per Caffè
2002   Michele Bartoli (ITA) Fassa Bortolo
2003   Mirko Celestino (ITA) Saeco Macchine per Caffè
2004   Marcos Serrano (ESP) Liberty Seguros
2005   Fabio Sacchi (ITA) Fassa Bortolo
2006   Igor Astarloa (ESP) Barloworld
2007   Danilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas
2008–
2011
No race
2012   Alberto Contador (ESP) Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank
2013   Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre–Merida
2014   Giampaolo Caruso (ITA) Team Katusha
2015   Diego Rosa (ITA) Astana
2016   Miguel Ángel López (COL) Astana
2017   Rigoberto Urán (COL) Cannondale–Drapac
2018   Thibaut Pinot (FRA) Groupama–FDJ

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Milano-Torino past winners". Cycling News. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Cyclingnews.com Gives details of race return in 2012.
  3. ^ "MIlano-TOrino". Cycling. 2015. Sky.

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