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De Gendt and Wellens show in Milan-Turin, but Pinot defeats world champion Valverde

Thibaut Pinot has Wednesday’s Milan-Turin (Ita/1.BC) won. The Frenchman of Groupama-FDJ showed himself on the Superga the strongest uphill. He obtained for the Colombian Miguel Ángel López (Astana), which is 1.3 miles from the end of the fall came, and world champion Alejandro Valverde. There ended up no Belgians in the top ten.

Our compatriot Thomas De Gendt, again for the first time at the start of a course after his mountains jersey in the Tour of Spain, withdrew early in the contest on an adventure with Krists Neilands, Umber Orsini and Willie Smith. Up to this quartet of six minutes on the peloton where Movistar and Groupama-FDJ the game in the hands names.

Final would be Willie Smith’s last to be caught, just beyond the foot of the Superga, the final climb of 4.9 km, an average of 9.1 percent, which the peloton twice about it in this Italian semiklassieker. It was world champion Valverde that the debates opened, with 21 km to go. He got a lot of riders on his wheel, but no one in support, and so fell silent again. However, the pack thinned out to about 30 riders. Eventually we got a breakaway with four riders: Rafal Majka, David Gaudu, Thibaut Pinot, and the world champion, but in the descent, there would have been ten-return to the wheel of the front-runners. Everything was repeated on the final climb. A trio had just what taken away: again Gaudu, furthermore, Jakob Fuglsang and Daniel Martinez. They drove about 18 seconds, but once on the climb dropped that bonus quickly. Tim Wellens wanted to climb the steepest part of the climb, not to wait and went into the attack at 4.1 km: a lot of slice, there was not, however, already after 200 meters he was again bijgebeend, especially by the work of Ben Hermans.

A sharp acceleration from Adam Yates had more success and he wrote, along with a strong Pinot, the sore on the three front runners of 3.3 km for the measure. But the group of Valverde was not far and he put in 2.9 km. Some of the boys at the front had to solve and we had five front-runners, because Miguel Angel Lopez had his trolley with Valverde, Pinot, Gaudu and Fuglsang used to snap.

In the final stage, could Pinot yet escape. Lopez would be a few meters short to the Frenchman to the legs uphill. He had to settle with a second place, Valverde was third. Pinot follows on the hall of fame Rigoberto Uran.

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