By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP
Italian Mirko Celestino (Saeco) won the 86th edition of Milan-Turin in Italy on Wednesday, as the European pro peloton prepared for the final World Cup classic of the year, Saturday’s Tour of Lombardy. Last year’s Milan-Turin was cancelled due to floods in northern Italy, but this year, Celestino won the 203km one-day classic, outsprinting Niki Aebersold (Coast) and Eddy Mazzoleni (Tacconi-Vini Caldirola) at the finish, after a lead group of nine went off the front on the final difficult climb, the Superga.
Celestino won two World Cup races in 1999, the HEW Cyclassic and the Tour of Lombardy, and will now be among the favorites for a second victory at the Tour of Lombardy on Saturday.
1. Mirko Celestino (I), Saeco, 203km in 4:25:06; 2. Niki Aebersold (Swi), Coast; 3. Eddy Mazzoleni (Tacconi-Vini Caldirola), both s.t.; 4. Tomas Konecny (Cz), Domo-Farm Frites, at 0:04; 5. Fabio Sacchi (I), Saeco; 6. Raphael Schweda (G), Coast; 7. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank; 8. Mykhaylo Khalilov (Ukr), Selle Italia; 9. Matthe Pronk (Nl), Rabobank; 10. Peter Luttenberger (A), Tacconi-Vini Caldirola, all s.t.