Yates and Haig head strong Milano-Torino outfitMon 7 Oct 2019
The Italian one-day classics continue as Mitchelton-SCOTT line-up for Milano-Torino with a strong and varied squad of attacking talent.
Brit Adam Yates is back in action at the event he finished runner-up at in 2017, with the 27-year-old coming into the race off the overall victory at the Tour of Croatia. Meanwhile Australian Jack Haig will tackle his third Italian one-day race in the space of a week, fresh off a podium at the GP Bruno Beghelli.
Edoardo Affini (ITA, 23)
Brent Bookwalter (USA, 35)
Jack Haig (AUS, 26)
Damien Howson (AUS, 27)
Mikel Nieve (SPA, 35)
Nick Schultz (AUS, 25)
Adam Yates (GB, 27)
The route remained unchanged for much of the race’s history until 2012 when the race organiser altered the finale. Previously the day finished with a single ascent of the Superga climb a largely flat run to the climb, but the peloton now tackle the short, steep ramp twice with the second effort topping out at the finish line.
The team didn’t make their debut at Milano-Torino until 2017 and that year remains the closest the squad have come to victory with Adam Yates climbing to second place. The Brit followed that up with a top-15 finish last season after attacking in the finale.
“I’ve done Milan-Torino a couple of times now and for me it’s a nice way to prep for Lombardia. I’ve gone well there in the past and got second there a couple of years ago, so we’ll see how I’m going on Wednesday.”
“I’ve had a nice little confidence boost after winning in Croatia so it’ll be good to keep the momentum going heading into the end of the season.”
Matt White (Sports Director):
“It’s a race that suits our characteristics and it’s a good last hit our before the weekend and we’ve got some of the guys that haven’t done the Vuelta, and also Nieve, looking to put the final touches ahead of the final Monument of the year.”
“We’re going there for the win for sure. It’s a pretty simple race, 90% of the race is flat and they used to do one time up the climb and then the finish, but the last two years they do one lap and come back around again.”
“For the win it’s a tricky one on the final climb. It flattens off before the finish and guys have won from far there, or guys have left it to the sprint. It’s a tricky one with timing and there’s a good field with other big riders looking to do the same as we’re doing.”
Milano-Torino 2019 Race Details
Wednesday, 9th October: Magenta – Torino, 179km
Photos courtesy of Kristof Ramon.