Milano–Torino

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Milano–Torino
Milano-Torino Logo.jpg
Race Logo courtesy of the race organisers (www.gazzetta.it).
Race details
Date Mid October
Region North of Italy
English name Milan–Turin
Local name(s) Milano–Torino (Italian)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type One-day
History
First edition 1876 (1876)
Editions 95 (as of 2014)
First winner  Paolo Magretti (ITA)
Most recent  Giampaolo Caruso (ITA)
Milano–Torino route

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 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 has not been run since March 2007 but has returned to the UCI calendar since 2012.[1]

Race dates[edit]

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.[1]

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

The route[edit]

The race starts in Novate Milanese just to the north west of Milan and crosses the Ticino river at Vigevano after 40 kilometres, leaving the province 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 the Vignale Monferrato (293 metres) is encountered and then a series of small undulations take the race to the city of 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 Colle di Superga (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 the Colle di Superga (repeated two times).

Significant winners[edit]

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.

Winners[edit]

The Superga hill, historic decisive point of the race
Rider Team
1876 Italy Magretti, PaoloPaolo Magretti (ITA) individual
1877–
1893
No race
1894 Italy Airaldi, LuigiLuigi Airaldi (ITA) individual
1895 No race
1896 Italy Moro, GiovanniGiovanni Moro (ITA) individual
1897–
1902
No race
1903 Italy Gerbi, GiovanniGiovanni Gerbi (ITA) Maino
1904 No race
1905 Italy Rossignoli, GiovanniGiovanni Rossignoli (ITA) Bianchi
1906–
1910
No race
1911 France Pelissier, HenriHenri Pélissier (FRA) individual
1912 No race
1913 Italy Azzini, GiuseppeGiuseppe Azzini (ITA) Otav
1914 Italy Girardengo, CostanteCostante Girardengo (ITA) Maino-Dunlop
1915 Italy Girardengo, CostanteCostante Girardengo (ITA) Bianchi
1916 No race
1917 Switzerland Egg, OscarOscar Egg (SUI) Bianchi
1918 Italy Belloni, GaetanoGaetano Belloni (ITA) Bianchi
1919 Italy Girardengo, CostanteCostante Girardengo (ITA) Stucchi-Dunlop
1920 Italy Girardengo, CostanteCostante Girardengo (ITA) Stucchi-Dunlop
1921 Italy Gay, FedericoFederico Gay (ITA) Bianchi-Dunlop
1922 Italy Zanaga, AdrianoAdriano Zanaga (ITA) Ganna-Dunlop
1923 Italy Girardengo, CostanteCostante Girardengo (ITA) Maino
1924 Italy Gay, FedericoFederico Gay (ITA) Alcyon-Dunlop
1925 Italy Zanaga, AdrianoAdriano Zanaga (ITA) Ideor
1926–
1930
No race
1931 Italy Graglia, GiuseppeGiuseppe Graglia (ITA) individual
1932 Italy Olmo, GiuseppeGiuseppe Olmo (ITA) individual
1933 Italy Graglia, GiuseppeGiuseppe Graglia (ITA) Bestetti-D'Alessandro
1934 Italy Cipriani, MarioMario Cipriani (ITA) Frejus
1935 Italy Gotti, GiovanniGiovanni Gotti (ITA) Legnano-Wolsit
1936 Italy Del Cancia, CesareCesare Del Cancia (ITA) Ganna
1937 Italy Martano, GiuseppeGiuseppe Martano (ITA) Tendil
1938 Italy Favalli, PierinoPierino Favalli (ITA) Legnano
1939 Italy Favalli, PierinoPierino Favalli (ITA) Legnano
1940 Italy Favalli, PierinoPierino Favalli (ITA) Legnano
1941 Italy Chiappini, PietroPietro Chiappini (ITA) Olympia
1942 Italy Chiappini, PietroPietro Chiappini (ITA) Legnano
1943-
1944
No race
1945 Italy Ortelli, VitoVito Ortelli (ITA) Benotto
1946 Italy Ortelli, VitoVito Ortelli (ITA) Benotto-Superga
1947 Italy De Zan, ItaloItalo De Zan (ITA) Lygie-Pirelli
1948 Italy Maggini, SergioSergio Maggini (ITA) Wilier Triestina
1949 Italy Casola, LuigiLuigi Casola (ITA) Benotto-Superga
1950 Italy Grosso, AdolfoAdolfo Grosso (ITA) Wilier Triestina
1951 Italy Magni, FiorenzoFiorenzo Magni (ITA) Ganna-Ursus
1952 Italy Bini, AldoAldo Bini (ITA) Bianchi-Pirelli
1953 Italy Maggini, LucianoLuciano Maggini (ITA) Atala-Pirelli
1954 Italy Coletto, AgostinoAgostino Coletto (ITA) Frejus
1955 Italy Maule, CletoCleto Maule (ITA) Torpado-Ursus
1956 Switzerland Kubler, FerdiFerdi Kübler (SUI) Carpano-Coppi
1957 Spain Poblet, MiguelMiguel Poblet (ESP) Ignis-Doniselli
1958 Italy Coletto, AgostinoAgostino Coletto (ITA) Carpano
1959 Italy Fabbri, NelloNello Fabbri (ITA) Bianchi-Pirelli
1960 Italy Pambianco, ArnaldoArnaldo Pambianco (ITA) Legnano
1961 Italy Martin, WalterWalter Martin (ITA) Carpano
1962 Italy Balmamion, FrancoFranco Balmamion (ITA) Carpano
1963 Italy Cribiori, FrancoFranco Cribiori (ITA) Gazzola
1964 Spain Uriona, ValentinValentin Uriona (ESP) Kas-Kaskol
1965 Italy Taccone, VitoVito Taccone (ITA) Salvarani
1966 Italy Vigna, MarinoMarino Vigna (ITA) Vittadello
1967 Italy Motta, GianniGianni Motta (ITA) Molteni
1968 Italy Bitossi, FrancoFranco Bitossi (ITA) Filotex
1969 Italy Michelotto, ClaudioClaudio Michelotto (ITA) Max Meyer
1970 Italy Armani, LucianoLuciano Armani (ITA) Scic
1971 Belgium Pintens, GeorgesGeorges Pintens (BEL) Hertekamp-Magniflex
1972 Belgium De Vlaeminck, RogerRoger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Dreher
1973 Italy Bergamo, MarcelloMarcello Bergamo (ITA) Filotex
1974 Belgium De Vlaeminck, RogerRoger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Brooklyn
1975 Italy Panizza, WladimiroWladimiro Panizza (ITA) Brooklyn
1976 Italy Paolini, EnricoEnrico Paolini (ITA) Scic
1977 Belgium Linden, Rik VanRik Van Linden (BEL) Bianchi-Campagnolo
1978 Italy Gavazzi, PierinoPierino Gavazzi (ITA) Zonca-Santini
1979 Italy Vandi, AlfioAlfio Vandi (ITA) Magniflex-Famcucine
1980 Italy Battaglin, GiovanniGiovanni Battaglin (ITA) Inoxpran
1981 Italy Martinelli, GiuseppeGiuseppe Martinelli (ITA) Santini-Selle Italia
1982 Italy Saronni, GiuseppeGiuseppe Saronni (ITA) Del Tongo-Colnago
1983 Italy Moser, FrancescoFrancesco Moser (ITA) Gis Gelati-Campagnolo
1984 Italy Rosola, PaoloPaolo Rosola (ITA) Bianchi-Piaggio
1985 Italy Caroli, DanieleDaniele Caroli (ITA) Santini-Krups
1986 No race
1987 Australia Anderson, PhilPhil Anderson (AUS) Panasonic-Isostar
1988 Germany Golz, RolfRolf Gölz (GER) Superconfex-Yoko-Opel-Colnago
1989 Germany Golz, RolfRolf Gölz (GER) Superconfex-Yoko-Opel-Colnago
1990 Italy Gianetti, MauroMauro Gianetti (ITA) Helvetia-La Suisse
1991 Italy Cassani, DavideDavide Cassani (ITA) Ariostea
1992 Italy Bugno, GianniGianni Bugno (ITA) Gatorade-Château d'Ax
1993 Denmark Sorensen, RolfRolf Sørensen (DEN) Carrera Jeans-Tassoni
1994 Italy Casagrande, FrancescoFrancesco Casagrande (ITA) Mercatone Uno-Medeghini
1995 Italy Zanini, StefanoStefano Zanini (ITA) Gewiss-Ballan
1996 Italy Nardello, DanieleDaniele Nardello (ITA) Mapei-GB
1997 France Jalabert, LaurentLaurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE
1998 Switzerland Aebersold, NikiNiki Aebersold (SUI) Post Swiss Team
1999 Switzerland Zberg, MarkusMarkus Zberg (SUI) Rabobank
2000 No race due to flooding
2001 Italy Celestino, MirkoMirko Celestino (ITA) Saeco Macchine per Caffè
2002 Italy Bartoli, MicheleMichele Bartoli (ITA) Fassa Bortolo
2003 Italy Celestino, MirkoMirko Celestino (ITA) Saeco Macchine per Caffè
2004 Spain Serrano, MarcosMarcos Serrano (ESP) Liberty Seguros
2005 Italy Sacchi, FabioFabio Sacchi (ITA) Fassa Bortolo
2006 Spain Astarloa, IgorIgor Astarloa (ESP) Barloworld
2007 Italy Di Luca, DaniloDanilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas
2008–
2011
No race
2012 Spain Contador, AlbertoAlberto Contador (ESP) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
2013 Italy Ulissi, DiegoDiego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida
2014 Italy Caruso, GiampaoloGiampaolo Caruso (ITA) Team Katusha

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