Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory to win Milano Torino thanks to an expert lead out from Quick Step Alpha Vinyl teammate Michael Morkov. Morkov delivered Cavendish to the front in the final 150 meters which allowed him to best Nacer Bouhanni and Alexander Kristoff, Peter Sagan was in the mix as well, finishing fifth. The traditionally hilly race had been reduced to a flat 123-mile course for 2022. Cavendish became the second sprinter to win the race after Arnaud Demare in 2020; it also marked Cav’s first win in Italy since 2014.
At the finish Cavendish had this to say, “I’m particularly happy. This is the perfect team for a one-day race. We never panicked. My teammates did a solid race for me here. You see, this is just incredible the way they’ve led me out.
I like to win any race. I’ve already won Milan-Sanremo. So now I have won Milano – Torino as well. It’s not always a race for sprinters so I’m happy to have my name on the same record book as some great climbers! I’m super happy.”
MILANO TORINO 2022 RESULTS
|1||Mark CAVENDISH||Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team||4:31:22|
|2||Nacer BOUHANNI||Team Arkéa Samsic||0:00|
|3||Alexander KRISTOFF||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||0:00|
|4||Max KANTER||Movistar Team||0:00|
|6||Andrea VENDRAME||AG2R Citroën Team||0:00|
|7||Michael MØRKØV||Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team||0:00|
|8||Ben SWIFT||INEOS Grenadiers||0:00|
|10||Biniam GIRMAY HAILU||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||0:00|
Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency