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91st Milano-Torino - 1.HC

Italy, March 4, 2006

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He's back! Astarloa shines bright again with Milano-Torino win

By Tim Maloney, European Editor

Igor Astarloa (Barloworld)
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It's been a0 tough few years for talented Basque rider Igor Astarloa, with team changes, contract problems and injuries. In today's 91st edition of Milano-Torino, the Barloworld rider rode brilliantly to win. Astarloa told RAI-TV's Alessandra DiStefano in a post race interview, "Yeah, I said this morning before the race that I wasn't in shape, but it went well for me. Today was only the third race of the season for me; it was hard to win. So I'm very happy about the way things went today. You know, I've had a lot of bad luck and when I crashed last year and broke my wrist, I never really came back from that. So I have to thank my new team Barloworld and team manager Claudio Corti for the faith they put in me."

How it unfolded

It was a star studded field that left Novate Milanese this morning with Ivan Basso (CSC) riding his first race of the 2006 season as well as ProTour winner Danilo DiLuca and Stefano Garzelli (Liquigas-Bianchi) fresh from a three week training stint at altitude in Toluca, Mexico. Milano-Torino is Italy's oldest classic and the 91st edition paid homage to former Giro d'Italia boss Vincenzo Torriani, who died 10 years ago and is buried in Novate Milanese. 167 riders took the start under overcast, cold skies at 11:13. It was a fast start to warm up and as the sun finally came out, a group of 14 riders got a half a minute gap after 60km, but Cofidis chased them down.

Eventually after 81km, two riders, Mazzanti (Androni Giocattoli) and Belohvosciks (Universal Caffé) got away and 15km later, Petito (Tenax) and Duma (Universal Café) bridged as a pallid sun washed the flat fields west of Milano on the way to the final climb over Superga and then down into Torino. The break gained ground quickly and at Asti after 131km, the four fugitives had spumante dreams for a moment with over 4'00 lead. But behind, Milram and Liquigas-Bianchi sensed danger and upped the chase pace. With 50km to go in Cortanze, the gap was still over 3'0, but the chasers put the hammer down and finally the break was reeled in at the base of the Superga climb with 20km to go. The race pace at that point was extremely high with an average speed of 44.5km/h.

Stefano Garzelli (Liquigas)
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As the gruppo compatto hit the steep first slopes of the Superga climb, there were various attacks by Tour de Haut-Var winner Leo Bertagnolli (Cofidis), youngster Valerio Agnoli (Naturino) and Pellizotti (Liquigas-Bianchi), but it was finally Dean Pidgorny (Tenax) who got away and was soon joined by lanky Colombian climber Soler (Acqua & Sapone). This duo dangled out front up most of the snow lined roads of the Superga climb, but Igor Astarloa (Barloworld) made a brutal counter move and only Pellizotti could stay with him. This move sucked up and spit out Pidgorny and Soler, and at the KOM, the former World Champ from Barloworld and the Liquigas-Bianchi rider were 0'20 ahead of a 20 strong chase group, with the rest of the peloton in tatters as they struggled up the Superga ascent, including ProTour winner DiLuca in his season debut.

At the KOM at the Basilica di Superga with 13km to go, Astarloa and Pellizotti began the tricky descent to Pino Torinese, where in October 1995, Marco Pantani and two other riders crashed into a jeep that pulled out in the final phase of Milano-Torino.

Trofeo Laigueglia winner Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-Fondital) and Mirko Celestino (Milram) were trying to get across at the base of the climb and were 0'06 back, while the big chase group with ever dangerous Erik Zabel was at 0'10.

Flowers and waves
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At the base of the climb and into Torino with 1km to the finish, the front duo were just 0'05 ahead of Celestino and Ballan, who closed down on the leaders as the manoeuvred for position like a match sprint. Celestino and Ballan caught up with 500m. to go, but Astarloa was just too fast and strong for the others, winning his first Milano-Torino in front of the sparse crowds on Corso Cavallo in front of the Motovelodromo Fausto Coppi, and his first win since last August at the Tour of Burgos.


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Results - 199 km

1 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Barloworld                                   4.30.36 (44.12 km/h)
2 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                                        
3 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Milram                                       
4 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                 
5 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram                                        0.07
6 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas                                         
7 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                           
8 Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) Team Tenax Salmilano                             
9 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                         
10 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni             
11 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team L.P.R.                                    
12 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Naturino-Sapore Di Mare                       
13 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                    
14 Massimiliano Maisto (Ita) Team Universal Caffe'-C.B. Immobiliare       
15 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Naturino-Sapore Di Mare                           
16 Ignacio Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                
17 Marco Osella (Ita) Team Androni Giocattoli-3C Casalinghi               
18 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            
19 Simone Bruson (Ita) Team Universal Caffe'-C.B. Immobiliare             
20 Pedro Arreitunandia Quintero (Spa) Barloworld                          
21 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) Team Tenax Salmilano                            
22 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone            
23 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Naturino-Sapore Di Mare                     
24 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                              
25 Mauricio Soler (Col) Acqua Sapone                                  0.31
26 Luca Ascani (Ita) Naturino-Sapore Di Mare                              
27 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems                              
28 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                          
29 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Liquigas                                      1.11
30 Claudio Corioni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                  
31 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                 
32 Antonio D'aniello (Ita) Miche                                          
33 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                       
34 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                    
35 Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche                                              
36 Matteo Lasurdi (Ita) OTC Doors-Lauretana                               
37 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Ceramica Flaminia                           
38 Grégory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                              
39 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone       
40 Krzysztof Szczawinski (Pol) Ceramica Flaminia                          
41 Jamie Burrow (GBr) OTC Doors-Lauretana                                 
42 Raffaele Illiano (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni           
43 Manuele Spadi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                                  
44 Armando Rupa (Ita) Miche                                               
45 Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Team Androni Giocattoli-3C Casalinghi             
46 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Team Tenax Salmilano                           
47 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Naturino-Sapore Di Mare                        
48 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Team Tenax Salmilano                               
49 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                        
50 Brian Vandborg (Den) Team CSC                                          
51 Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                      
52 Juan Pablo Magallanes Aranda (Mex) Team Androni Giocattoli-3C Casalinghi    
53 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                        
54 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                                 
55 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                       
56 Stefano Boggia (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                                      
57 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Phonak Hearing Systems                                 
58 Roberto Petito (Ita) Team Tenax Salmilano                                   
59 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                                 
60 Amael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                        
61 Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                 
62 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team CSC                                             
63 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Team Milram                                              
64 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Naturino-Sapore Di Mare                                
65 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram                                          
66 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Team Tenax Salmilano                              
67 Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                        
68 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni                  
69 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                        
70 Mauro Facci (Ita) Barloworld                                                
71 Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld                                           
72 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram                                        
73 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas                                                  
74 Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Miche                                                    
75 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) OTC Doors-Lauretana                                   
76 Gene Michael Bates (Aus) Team L.P.R.                                        
77 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Barloworld                                          
78 Paul Crake (Aus) Naturino-Sapore Di Mare                                    
79 Sascha Urweider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                                
80 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Team Milram                                         
81 Filippo Simeoni (Ita) Naturino-Sapore Di Mare                               
82 Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (Arg) Miche                               2.04
83 Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                       2.08
84 Micula De Mattis (Ita) Team Tenax Salmilano                             
85 Dmitri Nikandrov (Rus) Team Universal Caffe'-C.B. Immobiliare           
86 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                      
87 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team CSC                                        
88 David Mcpartland (Aus) Team Tenax Salmilano                             
89 Santo Anza (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni                  
90 Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) Team Androni Giocattoli-3C Casalinghi       2.24
91 Philippe Schnyder (Swi) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni       3.56
92 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC                                       
93 Lorenzo Cardellini (Ita) Team Universal Caffe'-C.B. Immobiliare         
94 Daniele Di Nucci (Ita) Team Universal Caffe'-C.B. Immobiliare           
95 Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                      
96 Arkadiusz Wojtas (Pol) Miche                                            
97 David Navas Chica (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                                 
98 Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni             
99 Konstantin Klyuev (Rus) Team Androni Giocattoli-3C Casalinghi           
100 Roman Luhovyy (Ukr) OTC Doors-Lauretana                            4.11
101 Emanuele Rizza (Ita) Naturino-Sapore Di Mare                           
102 Fabio Borghesi (Ita) OTC Doors-Lauretana                               
103 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Team Universal Caffe'-C.B. Immobiliare         4.50
104 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                4.55
105 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Team Universal Caffe'-C.B. Immobiliare       
106 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone               
107 Erki Pütsep (Est) AG2R Prevoyance                                      
108 Hubert Krys (Pol) Ceramica Flaminia                                    
109 Roberto Traficante (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                   
110 Ivan De Nobile (Ita) Team Universal Caffe'-C.B. Immobiliare            
111 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Team Tenax Salmilano                               
112 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche                                         
113 Bo Hamburger (Den) Miche                                               
114 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                        
115 Mirko Allegrini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                        
116 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Liquigas                              5.03
117 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                  
118 Donato Cannone (Ita) Team Universal Caffe'-C.B. Immobiliare            
119 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               
120 Gianluca Geremia (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                               
121 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni       
122 Anibal Andres Borrajo (Arg) Team Universal Caffe'-C.B. Immobiliare     
123 Emanuale Bindi (Ita) OTC Doors-Lauretana                               
124 Nicola Scattolin (Ita) Team Androni Giocattoli-3C Casalinghi           
125 Diego Genovesi (Ita) OTC Doors-Lauretana                               
126 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) Team Androni Giocattoli-3C Casalinghi           
127 Carl Naibo (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                       
128 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Acqua Sapone                             5.35
129 Daniel Musiol (Ger) Team Milram                                    6.19
130 Fabien Sanchez (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              6.20
131 Steve Morabito (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            
132 David Vitoria (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                             
133 Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua Sapone                              6.42
134 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                       
135 Maxim Rudenko (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                                      
136 Alessio Signego (Ita) OTC Doors-Lauretana                         10.03
137 Alessio Ricciardi (Ita) OTC Doors-Lauretana                            
138 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                 12.49
139 Massimo Mazzanti (Ita) Team Androni Giocattoli-3C Casalinghi           
140 Dario Pieri (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                     12.52
141 Hugo Sabido (Por) Barloworld                                      12.54
142 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Team Milram                                
143 Enrico Degano (Ita) Barloworld                                         
144 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                      
145 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni    13.02
146 Alessandro Maserati (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                  
147 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Team Androni Giocattoli-3C Casalinghi               
148 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Team Androni Giocattoli-3C Casalinghi              
149 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Team Milram                                       
150 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                              
151 Marco Milesi (Ita) Liquigas                                                
152 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                             
153 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2R Prevoyance                                        
154 Michele Maccanti (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                         
155 Matteo Priamo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                              
156 Mads Christensen (Den) Barloworld                                          
157 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                   
158 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Liquigas                                            
159 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                        
160 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                    
161 Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems                     
162 Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Naturino-Sapore Di Mare                           
163 Maurizio Varini (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                                    
164 Massimiliano Martella (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                              
165 Christian Murro (Ita) Team Tenax Salmilano                                 
166 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                      
DNF Diego Nosotti (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni                  
DNS Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                                              

Past winners

2005 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo  
2004 Marcos A. Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Liberty Seguros
2003 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco
2002 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 
2001 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
2000 Not held
1999 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank
1998 Niki Aebersold (Swi)
1997 Laurent Jalabert (Fra)
1996 Giovanni Moro (Ita)
1996 Daniele Nardello (Ita)
1995 Stefano Zanini (Ita)
1994 Francesco Casagrande (Ita)
1993 Rolf Sörensen (Den)
1992 Gianni Bugno (Ita)
1991 Davide Cassani (Ita)
1990 Mauro Gianetti (Swi)
1989 Rolf Gölz (Ger)
1988 Rolf Gölz (Ger)
1987 Phil Anderson (Aus)
1985 Daniele Caroli (Ita)
1984 Paolo Rosola (Ita)
1983 Francesco Moser (Ita)
1982 Giuseppe Saronni (Ita)
1981 Giuseppe Martinelli (Ita)
1980 Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)
1979 Alfio Vandi (Ita)
1978 Pierino Gavazzi (Ita)
1977 Rik Van Linden (Bel)
1976 Enrio Paolini (Ita)
1975 Wladimiro Panizza (Ita)
1974 Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)
1973 Marcello Bergamo (Ita)
1972 Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)
1971 Georges Pintens (Bel)
1970 Luciano Armani (Ita)
1969 Claudio Micheletto (Ita)
1968 Franco Bitossi (Ita)
1967 Gianni Motta (Ita)
1966 Marino Vigna (Ita)
1965 Vittorio Taccone (Ita)
1964 Valentin Uriona (Spa)
1963 Franco Cribiori (Ita)
1962 Franco Balmamion (Ita)
1961 Walter Martin (Ita)
1960 Arnaldo Pambianco (Ita)
1959 Nello Fabbri (Ita)
1958 Agostino Coletto (Ita)
1957 Miguel Poblet (Spa)
1956 Ferdi Kübler (Swi)
1955 Cleto Maule (Ita)
1954 Agostino Coletta (Ita)
1953 Luciano Maggini (Ita)
1952 Aldo Bini (Ita)
1951 Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)
1950 Adolfo Crosso (Ita)
1949 Luigi Casola (Ita)
1948 Sergio Maggini (Ita)
1947 Italo De Zan (Ita)
1946 Vito Ortelli (Ita)
1945 Vito Ortelli (Ita)
1942 Piero Chiappini (Ita)
1941 Piero Chiappini (Ita)
1940 Pierino Favalli (Ita)
1939 Pierino Favalli (Ita)
1938 Pierino Favalli (Ita)
1937 Giuseppe Martano (Ita)
1936 Cesare Del Cancia (Ita)
1935 Giovanni Gotti (Ita)
1934 Mario Cipriani (Ita)
1933 Giuseppe Graglia (Ita)
1932 Giuseppe Olmo (Ita)
1931 Giuseppe Graglia (Ita)
1925 Adriano Zanaga (Ita)
1924 Federico Gay (Ita)
1923 Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1922 Adriano Zanaga (Ita)
1921 Federico Gay (Ita)
1920 Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1919 Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1918 Gaetano Belloni (Ita)
1917 Oscar Egg (Swi)
1915 Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1914 Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1913 Giuseppe Azzini (Ita)
1911 Henri Pelissier (Fra)
1905 Giovanni Rossignoli
1903 Giovanni Gerbi (Ita)
1894 Luigi Airaldi (Ita)
1874 Paolo Magretti (Ita)

Past winners by Mario Stiehl,