News | Milano-Torino • October 6, 2021
Milano-Torino: Pogačar 4th and Ulissi 7th
Two UAE Team Emirates riders in a big name top-10
It was a high quality field of riders who fought in the double ascent of Colle di Superga, in the final of the oldest classic on the calendar: Milano-Torino (190 km).
The composition of the 23 man group included Tadej Pogačar, Rafal Majka, Diego Ulissi, the world champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck -Quickstep), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Adam Yates (Ineo-Grenadiers), Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
The high pace imposed by Rafal Majka and later Adam Yates at 4 km from the finish weakened the resistance of the opponents, leaving only Roglic, Almeida, Michael Woods (Israel Star-tUp Nation), Valverde and Tadej Pogačar to play for the win.
Another attack by Yates was followed by Primoz Roglic, with the latter going on to take the win followed by Yates (+12 “).
At 35 ”from the leading duo, Pogačar and Almeida started the sprint for the podium, a sprint won by the Portuguese.
Strong performance also by Diego Ulissi who, with a constant pace, managed to cross the finish line in 7th place (+48 ”).
Pogačar: “I’m happy with today’s performance, and I think I’m in good shape ahead of Il Lombardia. We moved well as a team throughout the race and were in the right place when we needed to be.
I was missing a little bit on the last climb, but I think it’s normal, considering the efforts made yesterday at Tre Valli Varesine.
In light of today’s race, I can look forward to Saturday with optimism: now two days of recovery and then I will give it all on the roads of Il Lombardia ”.
Pogačar will rest tomorrow, but UAE Team Emirates will be in action at Gran Piemonte, 168km from Rocca Canavese to Borgosesia.
1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 4h17’41 ”
2. Adam Yates (Ineos-Grenadiers) +12 ”
3. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quickstep) +35 ”
4. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
7.Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) +48’’