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MILANO - TORINO 6 October | Italy | 1.Pro
The oldest bike race in the world is still going, although in rather a different form to its first edition in 1876. Milan-Torino was originally contested by just eight riders rather than the modern 154. It is one of the three races that make up the Trittico di Autunno, the Autumn Treble, along with Il Lombardia and Gran Piemonte, but last year was changed to a race for sprinters. That was won by Arnaud Démare, but this year Démare will (almost certainly) not win it, with the race finishing up the Superga climb in Turin. It is 4.9km at 9.1 per cent, meaning that it is a selective climb for the world’s best climbers; recent winners have included Michael Woods, Thibaut Pinot and Rigoberto Urán. The Basilica at the top is the traditional burial places for members of the House of Savoy, which should give any history buffs in the peloton an extra boost up the final climb.