Michael Storer raced to a hard fought 15th place at the end of a tough attacking Milano – Torino during which the race split with 50 kilometres to go in crosswinds causing a select group which saw a hard, fast final hour of racing.
The pace was controlled by the peloton behind the day’s early break of six riders containing Team DSM’s Kevin Vermaerke, keeping their gap in check before making a very early catch when the front of the race split with around 50 kilometres still to race in crosswinds.
A very strong front group of 23 formed with Vermaerke initially there for Team DSM before the lead group reformed on the first of the two climbs in the finale, with riders dropping back including Vermaerke and others bridging across including Storer.
This front group then hit the bottom of the final climb mainly intact, chasing one solo leader, before it exploded on the tough slopes to the finish. Small groups fought their way to the top with Storer in the chase behind four leaders eventually finishing 15th.
|1||ROGLIČ Primož||Team Jumbo-Visma||4:17:41||200|
|2||YATES Adam||INEOS Grenadiers||0:12||150|
|3||ALMEIDA João||Deceuninck - Quick Step||0:35||125|
|15||STORER Michael||Team DSM||1:27||10|
|53||HAMILTON Chris||Team DSM||5:09||-|
|67||COMBAUD Romain||Team DSM||7:19||-|
|79||BENOOT Tiesj||Team DSM||9:32||-|
|83||BRENNER Marco||Team DSM||11:06||-|
|1005||DONOVAN Mark||Team DSM||-04:17:41||-|
|1005||VERMAERKE Kevin||Team DSM||,,||-|