Thibaut Pinot takes victory at Milano-Torino after crash of Miguel Angel Lopez and David Gaudu
Oct 10 2018 04:42 pm CET

Thibaut Pinot takes victory at Milano-Torino after crash of Miguel Angel Lopez and David Gaudu
Thibaut Pinot takes victory at Milano-Torino after crash of Miguel Angel Lopez and David Gaudu
Photo of Thibaut Pinot by Groupama-FDJ

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) has won Milano-Torino. The rider was part of the front group on the last kilometres and a crash of David Gaudu and Miguel Angel Lopez allowed him to take the victory on his own.

The Italian race was 200 kilometres long between Magenta and Torino. The escape of the day was formed by Umberto Orsini, Willie Smit, Thomas De Gendt and Krists Neilands, and took a gap of more than two minutes with the pack.

At 20 kilometres to go, the escapees were caught and almost right away the World Champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) attacked and was followed by riders like Egan Bernal (Sky), Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Warren Barguil (Fortuneo Samsic), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe), David Gaudu and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), among others.

With ten kilometres to go, Daniel Martinez (EF Education First) attacked and was followed by Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Gaudu. At four kilometres to go, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked from the chasers and soon joined back the front group.

Some metres later, Pinot did the same and soon some more chasers caught the front men. With two kilometres to go, Pinot and Gaudu changed the pace and were followed by Valverde, Fuglsang and Lopez. Some metres later, Gaudu had a problem with his bike and as he tried to move away from the line, he crashed against Lopez and both men hit the deck.

Pinot took advantage of the situation and attacked, leaving everybody else behind. Lopez got up and went away very fast, getting closer to Pinot. But the finish line was very close and he couldn't have time to get to Pinot, who crossed the finish line by himself.

Lopez was second and Valverde stepped on the third place of the final podium.




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