Celestino Wins Milan-Turin
Mirko Celestino (Saeco) has won Milan-Turin for the second time.
Mirko Celestino (Saeco) has won Milan-Turin for the second time. The Italian held off the peloton to win the 198-km race in 4:56:52. Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) finished second, and Miguel Angel Martin (Domina Vacanze) took third.
The peloton remained more or less intact until the race reached the Colle di Superga (182 km), where Alejandro Valverde (Kelme), Carlos Sastre (CSC), Leonardo Piepoli (iBanesto.com), and Angelo Lopeboselli (Cofidis) attacked. The peloton reeled in the escapees, but Rebellin, Juan Antonio Flecha and Jose Ivan Gutierrez (both from iBanesto.com), and Dmitri Fofonov (Cofidis) countered. The bunch brought them back.
With four km left, Celestino attacked with Pablo Lastras (iBanesto.com). The 50-rider peloton kept the pair on a short leash and appeared ready to absorb them, but Celestino held off the field. Lastras finished fourth.
Celestino will now look ahead to the Tour of Lombardy, which he won in 1999. Will the Saeco rider win the Race of the Falling Leaves for the second time? Check in at http://www.roadcycling.com/ and find out!