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Milano - Torino Discussion
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Milano - Torino
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The final C1 race of the season takes us to Italy for Milano - Torino. With the exception of one year, this autumn classic has been in the ManGame calender since 2008 and it has an illustrious pantheon of previous winners, including three that are competing again this year: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Aleksandar Flügel (2013), pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Chris Froome (2014 and 2016, the only repeat winner in this race’s history) and the defending champion pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Tomohiro Kinoshita.

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The race takes the riders 186 kilometers from, you guessed it, Vigevano to Mongreno (gotcha!). The two suburbs of the eponymous cities are connected by a route that is almost entirely flat for the first half, but gets harder and harder the closer we get to the finish. The final 20 kilometers have the two (likely) deciding obstacles, namely the two steep climbs prior to and then to the finish. Everything up to that point is likely just about getting there with as much energy as possible.


Top Favorites
HIACRSSTMO
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Kinoshita8277778072
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Kelderman8272758071
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Beltran8176727379
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Izagirre8164727374
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Jensen8076737770
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/nvo.png Kwiatkowski7975767478

Last year’s winner pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Kinoshita leads the list of top favorites, a group of riders with barely any notable weaknesses. He’s the man to beat once again as his combination of hill, acceleration and secondary stats is unmatched, he obviously has the experience here and he has good team support.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Kelderman is his main challenger on paper, only trailing the Rakuten leader in acceleration and ever so slightly in resistance and mountain skills. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Beltran is also a very strong rider all around, packing a great punch and also being the strongest pure climber, which could come in handy on the penultimate ascent.

Rounding out the main favorites are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Izagirre, whose complete lack of acceleration means he likely has to get rid of his competitors before the final few hundred meters if he wants to win, as well as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Jensen and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/nvo.png Kwiatkowski. The latter two are a bit below the previously named in terms of pure puncheur skills, but are so well-rounded and have some solid strengths that they could certainly be around to fight for the win.


Second-Tier Favorites
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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Di Maggio8275687365
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kul.png Vakoc8074717571
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Betancourt8074717273
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Prevar8073707771
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Waeytens8073707271
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.png Yates7980707770
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bnz.png Edmondson7976727569
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Paulinho7975727075
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Bilbao7975717767
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Gebrezgabihier7969747470

The field of contenders is deep in this race and the transitions between tiers are pretty fluent, so seeing any of these riders in podium contention would certainly be no surprise.

Among the top riders in this group are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kul.png Vakoc and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Betancourt, who are almost identical in their abilities. The latter’s main edge might come in the form of a very strong supporting cast, but both should be able to challenge for a top result here.

The same applies to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Waeytens, who’s coming fresh off a strong third place at the Balkans International, and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Prevar, who boasts one of the better stamina stats in the field. Like the previous two, they are solid allrounders.

In stark contrast, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Di Maggio is a special case: On paper, he climbs hills with the absolute best of them, but his subpar resistance and mountain stats could be detrimental especially on the longest climb of the day. ENI-MOL does have a secondary option though in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Gebrezgabihier, which could be an interesting dynamic.

That is also true for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Paulinho and Berg Cycles, having a dual leadership with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Vogt (see below), a stronger puncheur but with the same flaws as Di Maggio, only more pronounced.

Completing this tier are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.png Simon Yates, the rider with the most powerful acceleration of any of the favorites, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bnz.png Edmondson and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Bilbao - possibly the strongest domestique in the race, for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Beltran -, who are also just very complete competitors.


Longshots
HIACRSSTMO
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Flügel8072657771
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Dowsett8071697465
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Vogt8063717862
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Froome7970687267
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ubs.png Reichenbach7969697673
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Barrio7967636970
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cdb.png Juul-Jensen7879747670
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Siskevicius7875727373
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.png Pichon7874747269
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Boily7874727276
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Palini7874687570
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Serry7869707175
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/epc.png Mehr-Wenige7867697466
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Zordan7774727273
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Sepulveda7773737475
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Zakarin7773737473
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Moscon7771767472
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png Vichot7680687765
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/esc.png Umerbekov7673677470
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cen.png Freuler7575757372

Leading the very deep tier of outside contenders are the likes of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Flügel, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Dowsett, the aforementioned pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Vogt and double winner pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Froome. They all are great pure puncheurs, but a lack of resistance and/or mountain stat and previous performances in some races this year preclude them from being considered actual favorites. Plus, the latter is of course not even in a leading role, with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Kinoshita filling that position at Rakuten.

Among the more well-rounded leaders in this tier are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ubs.png Reichenbach, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cdb.png Juul-Jensen, trying to salvage an underwhelming year, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Siskevicius, who has provided a few more highlights for his team, showing decent form with a GC Top 10 at the Euskal Bizikleta recently, as well as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.png Pichon.

Many other riders in this tier belong to the category of top domestique, looking to fill in for leaders with a bad day or to continue riding well after their helping work is done. These include pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Barrio and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Zordan for an on paper really solid Andorra trio, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Boily, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Sepulveda and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Zakarin for an even deeper ISA - Hexacta squad, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Palini and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Moscon.

Finally, we have some of the weaker team captains in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/epc.png Mehr-Wenige, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/esc.png Umerbekov, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png Vichot and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cen.png Freuler, although Delveaux (with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png Stuyven and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png Gallopin) and Centovalli (with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cen.png Masnada) have multiple options for that role. These riders (with the exception of Mehr-Wenige) might not have appeared on this list on pures strength alone, but not having domestique duties (in contrast: a team dedicated to support them) could give them an advantage over some of the better riders mentioned.


A lot can happen here and with a field this close, anything from a Top 5 to falling outside the Top 15 seems possible for many riders. With the end of the season coming closer and closer, every single point is valuable, so the pressure is certainly on. To conclude, here’s an overview of all the riders that will be trying to contribute:

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Scorchio
How selective this course will be with this version of PCM, who knows! Think positioning in last 20km might be quite significant, and can be very random at times it seems. ISA - Hexacta send good depth, but miss an A-list top gun. Who knows which Betancourt will turn up (almost amusing that both MG and IRL Carlos is such a streaky rider, interested one day, couldn't care less the next).
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Tamijo
Very hard startlist, will be hard to get points in this one.
 
AbhishekLFC
We need points everywhere we go and we expect with Kelderman every time. Need a good race please!
 
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Breakaway glitch? Unless Scorchio's random finish prediction comes true, I doubt JJ can do much of anything.
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Breakaway glitch? Unless Scorchio's random finish prediction comes true, I doubt JJ can do much of anything.


Not expecting complete random, just strong potential for a number of guys who should be top 10 to end up in 3rd or 4th big group on the road enabling a couple of B/C tier favourites to infiltrate the top 5/10. The road will of course decide!
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Croatia14
Beltrans race to loose if all turns out as expected...

Dark horse Gianni Moscon though, watch out for him Wink
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All I can hope for is a point or two. But Ill settle for a breakaway win
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valverde321
Hoping to win here obviously, but Beltran is probably the favourite, and Kelderman can end the season on a high after a bit of a disappointing year for him too, so you never know.
 
Jakstar22
Will be interesting to see how the Continental teams go here. Hopefully Edmondson can continue his good form and grab a nice result, this is more of a test for the guys though. Should be interesting!
 
Yellow Jersey
No point on expecting anything from Dowsett here, maybe Zordan brought some good form from America and can capitalize on his MO skill, but mostly here just looking for some secondary places if possible
 
baseballlover312
First of all, absolutely amazing report cunego! Thank you especially for taking the time to keep up with the minor placings behind. in our relegation battle every point counts, and it was great to be able to see JJ throughout the race even though he was behind.

Congrats to Swisslion on a deserved win as well. They'll certainly gain in that relegation fight today.

Can't help but being a bit disappointed if only because JJ actually looked pretty strong today. It's always his positioning making him miss splits and stuff, and he JUST couldn't get back. It was especially frustrating seeing him attack and feeling like he was just about to bridge, to then fall a minute behind again.

So, we lost ground on those we are competing against with a 15th place. However, at the very least, we scored a handful of points here with the 15th, which is better than JJ's done plenty of other times this year. So it's not that terrible.
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Awesome report! YES BELTRAN! Banana Come on Kelderman Sad

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valverde321
Cant be upset with 3rd. Kinoshita looked good to win, and the effort at the end was a good try. Usually those moves work, so most other days I feel it would have been a win. Atleast we still got a good result out of it.

Thanks for the report Cunego.
 
AbhishekLFC
What's the point in having a pure puncher anymore? Not a single one-day race where Kelderman could even break into the Top 5, with just two more to go. And also just one Top 5 in Stage Races. Only riders worth anything on any climbing profile are really high MO riders or MO/HIL hybrids. I hope this is taken into account when renewals and everything related to stats come around.

Congrats to redordead, who've probably moved themselves much closer to safety with this result. Thanks for the great report cunego. As with many great reports from reporters this season, I wish my riders gave me some reason to enjoy them more.
 
hillis91
As expected, my punchers cant do anything even in the hill classics. Great. The game is broken and needs to be fixed/taken into account when renewals comes around like Abhi said.

Congratz on the win redordead.
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fjhoekie
Solid racing, decent result. Can't ask for much more in races like this.
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viking90
Wait what? 16th is now where close to be acceptable....
 
jaxika
Not much to say, we are mostly crap on the hills this year ... I fear the next rankings, we will be close to to bottom i afraid Sad
 
beagle
Great report of great race with very solid 4th place for Izagirre.
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