Contador wins Milano-Torino
Spaniard continues successful comeback
Last Updated: 26/09/12 4:01pm
Alberto Contador: Added the one-day event to his considerable Grand Tour palmares
Alberto Contador finally broke his duck in one-day racing with victory in the revived Milano-Torino race on Wednesday.
Contador, whose previous victories have all come in stage races or time-trials, came home ahead of Italy's Diego Ulissi (Lampre-ISD) after breaking away from the field on the final climb.
The 199km race was dominated by a two-man breakaway from Alfredo Balloni (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) and Federico Rocchetti (Utensilnord-Named) who built up a lead of more than eight minutes in the early stages.
But the Liquigas-Cannondale team performed a superb chase and soon cut that deficit to manageable proportions for the closing 25kms before launching Eros Capecchi on the climb to the Basilica di Superga.
Capecchi was joined by Lampre's Przemyslaw Niemiec, with Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) and Stefano Locatelli (Colnago-CSF Inox) also bridging the gap.
But the peloton closed up again before the second climb to the finish and Contador put in his attack just before the final kilometre and stormed away to win the first edition of the race since 2007.