Milano–Torino

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Milano–Torino
Milano–Torino logo.svg
Race details
Date Mid October
Region North of Italy
English name Milan–Turin
Local name(s) Milano–Torino (in Italian)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type One-day
Organiser RCS Sport
History
First edition 1876 (1876)
Editions 98 (as of 2017)
First winner  Paolo Magretti (ITA)
Most recent  Rigoberto Urán (COL)

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]

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.[2]

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.

Races[edit]

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

Winners[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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