Miguel Angel Lopez wins two-man battle to take the victory at Milano-Torino

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Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) won a two-man battle to take the victory at Milano-Torino ahead of Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac). Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) completed the podium. 

After his great victory at the Tour de Suisse, Miguel Angel Lopez went into the Vuelta a Espana, his first grand tour, as one of the big outsiders. However, it all came to nothing as he crashed already on the third stage and after a few days, he threw in the towel and left the race.

As he abandoned his first four races, nothing suggested that he was on form and he was not even mentioned as an outsider for today’s Milan-Turin.

However, Lopez has apparently hid his condition well as he turned out to be on fire in the oldest classic on the calendar. The race finishes on the Colle di Superga climb and is one of the select few classics that the climbers can realistically aim for. With an impressive solo ride, Lopez emulated what his teammate Diego Rosa did last year as he made use of the fact that many were watching his leader Fabio Aru and emerged as the best rider on the climb.

Lopez anticipated the favourites as he joined an 11-rider break that escaped in the short flat section in between the two passages of the climb. The group hit the climb with an advantage of 10 seconds and that turned out to be enough for Lopez and Michael Woods to fight it out for the win. Having initially been dropped, Lopez made it back to his companion whom he dropped with an attack less than one kilometre from the top. Rigoberto Uran won the battle of the pre-race favourites but had to settle for third.

Milano-Torino 2016 results:

1 Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

4:13:36

2 Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac)

+09”

3 Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac)

+14”

4 Daniel Moreno (Movistar)

+19”

5 Diego Ulissi (Lampre – Merida)

+21”

6 Fabio Aru (Astana)

+23”

7 Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

+27”

8 Rodolfo Torres (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)

+32”

9 Romain Bardet (AG2R)

+36”

10 Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin)

+40”

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