Now that 'La classicissima di Primavera' has been fought for 2015, Lee Rodgers gives his thoughts on Milan-Sanremo, which riders were impressive and who's not firing on all cylinders, just yet (Vincenzo). Degenkolb comes out on top in Lee's list for form, control and power - man and machine in perfect harmony.
Mar 24, 2014 - After a rain soaked Milan-Sanremo; Kristoff came out on top, all the race quotes and video action from Italy and also from the Handzame Classic and the G.P. Nobili. Registration info for the Tour of America's Dairyland, preview of the Volta a Catalunya, new Sanremo Museum and the Rubik's Cube. A full EuroTrash Monday.
It was a wet and cold edition of Milan-Sanremo. After 294 kilometers a group of twenty-five riders sprinted for victory. The Norwegian Alexander Kristoff was the fastest. André Greipel was also part of the group, but had cramps and fell out of top twenty.
In two days time, the adrenalized and much anticipated start to the spring Classics will kick off in Italy. On Sunday ORICA-GreenEDGE will line up in Milan to start the 298 kilometre journey to Sanremo. Milan-Sanremo, also known in Italy as La Primavera, is one of the five Monuments of cycling alongside the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Giro di Lombarida. These pillars of cycling are the oldest and most prestigious of the one-day races.
The 105th Milano – Sanremo, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, takes place this coming Sunday, 23 March. It is the first of the five great one-day monuments of the 2014 international cycling season.
This Sunday, Italy offers the first big classic of the season, the 294 kilometer long one-day race, Milano-Sanremo. Tinkoff-Saxo will be on the start line with a powerful line-up including: Daniele Bennati, Roman Kreuziger, Nicolas Roche, Michael Mørkøv, Matteo Tosatto, Karsten Kroon, Christopher Juul-Jensen and Nicki Sørensen.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in Milano-Sanremo. The 294km race includes the classic climbs of the Cipressa (5.6km, 4.1% average gradient, 9% max ramp) and the Poggio (3.7km, 3.7% average gradient, 8% max ramp). The final 6.1 kilometers descend into a flat finish, leaving the possibility for any kind of a finish from a breakaway to a bunch sprint.
Spring is coming, so time for Milan-Sanremo, also called La Primavera. Some weeks ago the organization announced that the Pompeiana, a new climb between Cipressa and Poggio, was cancelled. The reason was that the road-surface had suffered too much of the bad weather conditions past winter, so it was too big of a risk to let the riders pass over it. The organization of Milan-Sanremo didn't get the permission of the local authorities to let the race pass there.
COURSE PREVIEW: The 2014 Strade Bianche race on the famous gravel roads of Tuscany features some new sectors of Chianti's answer to the Belgian cobbles. PEZ joined ex-pro Diego Caccia to ride the new gravel sections, take in the Tuscan countryside, and log a perfect day away from work.
As a result of the poor weather conditions, which have rocked the Liguria Region during recent months, RCS Sport has been forced to change the Milano – Sanremo race route and cut out the ascent to Pompeiana.
Course Preview: The 2014 Milan-Sanremo will for the fourth time break with tradition by adding the new Pompeiana climb in the jagged end of the 300km route. The addition makes pro cycling's longest Classic even tougher, and hopes to spoil the sprinters' dreams. PEZ takes the first look.
The snow stopped the 2013 Milan-San Remo in Ovada, just before the too dangerous to ride Passo Turchino. The timeclock halted, and the entire proceeding transferred by bus and cars to Cogoleto to restart where thankfully the weather conditions had upgraded from atrocious to just plain terrible. It's La Primavera and there's nothing quite like it - no matter what the conditions!
Preview: The Milan-San Remo podium contenders split their preparation into two camps, those participating in Paris-Nice and those opting for Tirreno-Adriatico. PEZ examines these two races to determine which one is the best indicator for success in the sprinters’ classic.
When the television tells the name of the winner the silence comes into the Poggio. The tifosi are very upset. Another year without an Italian winner. And most of the people are asking who this Goss is. They cannot believe that such a great race was won by such a 'small' name. The Poggio turns to the quietness in a moment, and I feel so strange now that everything is finished. The first thought is how far this passion has led me from home. The second one is the time I will need to get back. But how did I arrive here?
A quotation first, from Philippe Brunel’s chapter dealing with Milan – San Remo in that sumptuous book, ‘The Spring Classics,’ ‘Some, like Boonen, speak of a lottery. “They already said that in my era,” Merckx once commented, “but do you know many guys who won the jackpot seven times with the same ticket?”