De Marchi Makes the Breakaway at Milano-Torino28. September 2016, Torino (ITA) — Road Team
Alessandro De Marchi spent the day in the breakaway at Milano-Torino in another strong showing from the Italian rider racing on home soil.
De Marchi formed part of the day’s three-rider breakaway, alongside Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) and Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Vini Fantini), that gained a maximum advantage of 11 minutes after the peloton sat up and let the trio go clear.
It was an uneventful couple of hours of racing and with 35km remaining the trio still held an advantage of five minutes, but a huge push from the peloton and injection of pace saw the gap go right down as the race approached the two climbs of the day.
Kennaugh went clear just over 20km from the finish line, but he too was caught inside the final 10km by a reduced peloton that included Ben Hermans and Manuel Senni.
Multiple attacks played out but eventually it was Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) and Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team) who battled it out for the win.
Lopez went solo in the final 500m to take the win, while the reduced peloton slowly trickled across the line behind Woods who claimed second place.
BMC Racing Team line up at Giro del Piemonte on Thursday before the final UCI Worldtour race of the season, Il Lombardia, on Saturday.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Valerio Piva, Sports Director:
“The plan for today was to go in the breakaway if there was a big group. At first there were 12 riders who went clear including Alessandro De Marchi but they were pulled back by the bunch. Then De Marchi went clear with Peter Kennaugh and Eduard Grosu. De Marchi and Kennaugh are strong riders but there was never a chance for them to stay away, even with an eleven-minute lead.”
“I was hoping to have Ben Hermans, Darwin Atapuma and Samuel Sanchez up there but today the form just wasn’t there and Samuel is looking ahead to Il Lombardia on Saturday. Manuel Senni was good in the finale and he was attacking but he is a young rider so doesn’t have the experience at this level. It was good to see him making the moves and trying to stay up there for as long as possible. I think Ben Hermans was in the top 15 riders. There are no excuses, today we just didn’t have the legs to be in the top ten.”
“Giro del Piemonte tomorrow is an entirely different race as it’s for the rouleurs. We have Jempy Drucker and Philippe Gilbert and I think we can race aggressively there.”
Milano- Torino (186km)
Top 3: 1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team), 2. Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team), 3. Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team).