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Uran wins Milano-Torino, Barbier takes Paris-Bourges: Daily News Digest
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Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) signalled his strong form in advance of Saturday’s Il Lombarida when he won Milano-Torino on Thursday. The Tour de France runner-up made his move on the second – and final – climb of Superga, building a sufficient buffer to hold off a hard-chasing Adam Yates (Orica-Scott).
The Colombian rider reached the finish ten seconds ahead of his British rival, with Fabio Aru (Astana) a further ten seconds back in third. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) rolled in soon afterwards for fourth, while David Gaudu (FDJ) beat Wout Poels (Team Sky) for fifth.
Uran’s victory follows last year’s win by compatriot Miguel Ángel López and was, he said, the result of good timing. “In my career, sometimes I’ve been told that I’ve attacked too early or too late,” he said. “Today it was early, not exactly when I planned to do it but I saw a gap and I went in the hardest part of the final climb. I thought Fabio Aru or someone would come across but nobody did. I had the situation under control at the end but I wasn’t 100% sure of winning until I looked behind me in the final curve.
“It’s important for me and for the team to get a victory, especially as a confidence booster ahead of Il Lombardia, which is a race I like a lot.”
Early on four riders went clear and together Grégory Rast (Trek-Segafredo), Patrick Lauk (Astana), Guillaume Bonnafond (Cofidis) and Simone Andreetta (Bardiani-CSF) formed the day’s long-range break. However the move was extinguished on the finishing circuits inside the final 30 kilometres. Julian Alaphilippe (QuickStep Floors) put in a big move the first time up the climb, but lacked reinforcements and eventually returned to the fold. Other surges followed and Uran ultimately struck out alone for the win.
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
Astana Pro Team
Today’s feature image shows Fabio Aru (Astana) taking third in Milano-Torino, and is by the Cor Vos agency.