Michael Woods won Milan-Turin on Wednesday. The Canadian from EF Education First was the strongest of a thinned down group of favorites in the tough final phase of the fall classic.
The hundredth edition of the oldest cycling race in the world - founded in 1876 - covered 179 kilometers and traditionally had a tough final phase with the finish on the Superga in Turin.
In the last hundreds of meters, Woods turned on and no one else got into his wheel. Alejandro stayed closest to him and became second, ahead of Adam Yates (third).
Bauke Mollema was the best Dutchman in 7th place. In addition to Woods, Valverde and Yates, the rider of Trek-Segafredo also had to tolerate Tiesj Benoot, David Gaudu and Egan Bernal.
For the almost 33-year-old Woods, the success in Italy marked his second victory of the season. At the end of January he was the best in the second stage of the Australian Herald Sun Tour.
Last year, the victory in Milan-Turin went to Thibaut Pinot, who was missing this year in Italy. The Frenchman from Groupama-FDJ has already put an end to his season.