Serrano Wins Milano-Torino
Marcos Serrano (Liberty Seguros) has won Milano-Torino, a 199-km midweek run-up to the Giro di Lombardia.
Marcos Serrano (Liberty Seguros) has won Milano-Torino, a 199-km midweek run-up to the Giro di Lombardia. Serrano overcame a late-race fall to burst past four companions in the last km en route to victory in 4:32:10. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) outsprinted Francesco Casagrande (Vini Caldirola) for second at 0:02.
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From the beginning, the racing was aggressive, and the pace was fast. After many abortive sallies, Andrea Tafi (Alessio) attacked at 70 km. Within eight km, the Italian veteran led by 3:40. The peloton pegged Tafi at about 3:00 by 100 km.
With 50 km left, the counterattacks began, and the peloton?s pace picked up. With 30 km remaining, the bunch caught Tafi. Then, the real race began.
Vladimir Duma (Landbouwkrediet), Marco Fertonani (Phonak), and Stephan Schreck (T-Mobile) attacked on the Colle di Superga. Schreck fell off of the pace, but Jose Luis Arrieta (Illes Balears) joined the break. Casagrande led the pursuit, which split the peloton. The Italian caught and dropped the leading trio, and Cadel Evans (T-Mobile), Mazzoleni, and Serrano joined him.
The quartet breasted the climb with a 0:22 lead on a 20-rider chase group. On the descent, Evans attacked but was caught. Serrano crashed. The Spaniard rejoined the break with six km remaining, only to see Casagrande and Mazzoleni attack. With two km left, Casagrande and Mazzoleni led Evans and Serrano by 0:06. The Australian and the Spaniard battled back and caught the two Italians with 500 m left. Serrano attacked and took the win.
Many of the riders in Milano-Torino will compete in the Giro di Lombardia, the end of the major European racing season and the tenth and final round of the World Cup. Who will prevail? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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