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  • Thursday March 19, 2009

    Milano-Sanremo enjoys a hard-earned spot on the list of lists: the Monuments. It is one of the most beautiful of the Classics, and it just happens to be six or so hours down the Autostrada from me - so it had to be done. I took on the final section along the coast to Sanremo...and it was just as I had imagined.

  • Wednesday March 17, 2010

    We just can't help it. La Primavera is such a magnificent race - she deserves some loving in the run-in to the big day. Here's one final look at the course.

  • Friday March 16, 2012

    Riding pro cycling’s roads of glory is something special, and can only be truly appreciated upon reflection of having turned your own pedals over the same tracks as our sports’ greatest heros. And as Nick O’Brien recounts a day on the slopes of the Poggio, it’s even sweeter when battling your own worthy adversary…

  • Friday March 20, 2009

    No Sanremo coverage would be complete without a cockpit-view of riding the Capi, and especially the final charge off the Poggio to the finish. Nick O'Brien lived the dream in 2005, and we proudly submit for your Friday enjoyment, and replay of his thrilling ride.

  • Tuesday March 18, 2008

    Milan-San Remo is one of the oldest Classics - this weekend will mark the 99th edition - but the race has changed with modern times, as our Nick O'Brien discovered while riding the final “capi” that make it famous, the corsa is as tough and exciting as ever…

  • Thursday March 20, 2008

    We last saw our hero Nick on the lower slopes of the Poggio as he rode the final capi of Milan-San Remo. But as Nick blubbers and gasps his way over the climb, a worthy adversary awaits to pounce, and the plunge to San Remo becomes a duel to the death! (of egos at least...) Fasten your seatbelts and read on...

  • Wednesday March 17, 2010

    We last saw our hero Nick on the lower slopes of the Poggio as he rode the final capi of Milan-San Remo. But as Nick blubbers and gasps his way over the climb, a worthy adversary awaits to pounce, and the plunge to San Remo becomes a duel to the death! (of egos at least...) Fasten your seatbelts and read on...

  • Saturday March 21, 2009

    Matt has chosen the site of the biggest street market in Milano for his hotel. Martin weaves the Fiat through the stall holders and there's our boy; it's 07.05, we're not too late. Bar Castello, cappuccino, pastries and Stefano Barzaghi of Barza Design, the man who does the trick paint jobs for the pros.

  • Monday March 23, 2009

    The duck with plums and apples was probably one of the reasons I didn’t sleep on Friday night. But not the only one. Hours and hours moving from one side to the other in a hot, dry room of a hotel in the south part of Milano waiting for the first light of the day. It’s not a day like any other. It’s something I've waited on since the moment the last Sanremo finished...

  • Thursday March 19, 2009

    "If there had been the Poggio back then, they wouldn't have seen me until the finish!" So says Brian Robinson, who in 1957, became the first English-speaker to stand on the podium of the Primavera. But for the cycling politics of the time, Robinson might well have pre-dated Tom Simpson as the first Englishman to win this legendary race, but let's go back to '57 and hear it from Brian.

  • Wednesday March 17, 2010

    This is a tale of two differing fortunes - one of victory, one of second place. It's often like that in bike racing, but it's rarely so vivid in its harshness. Haussler made the perfect move in the final moments of the 2009 edition of Milano-Sanremo. He left nothing to chance, put in the perfect sprint, and he had it. He had it all the way until he reached the line, where Mark Cavendish gobbled up the win, spat out Haussler's remains, and continued on to one of the most successful sprinting seasons we've ever seen.

  • Wednesday March 21, 2007

    First run in 1907, this year marks the 100th Anniversary as the symbolic start to the 'real' racing season with La Primavera - aka Milan-San Remo. As one of cycling's 5 monuments, it's a target of all the great riders, and every rider with great early season form. Here's a look at some of the best who won it.

  • Thursday March 22, 2007

    With the finish this week of both Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico, the odds makers have a clearer idea of who’s running well for the top spot in this weekend’s Classics Opener – Milan-SanRemo. In recent years it’s the Italian stage race that’s sent up more winners of la Primavera. With all riders tuned up, here’s the PEZ take on who to watch for Saturday...

  • Thursday March 20, 2014


    ... to what makes this great race so great, was my original title for this story, written on the eve of my first trip to San Remo to view La Primavera live. Like viewing any of pro cycling's Monuments, this was a spiritual journey, and this report was my humble attempt to put that into pictures and words.

  • Wednesday March 18, 2009

    The experience of Saturday’s traditional Classics season opener of Milano-SanRemo is never complete without soaking in the history that makes ‘the Sanremo’ a cycling monument. Three hundred kms from Milan to San Remo, passing so many points on the corsa integral to its life… Although no longer decisive in the outcome, the Passo del Turchino remains key to the heart of this race…

  • Friday March 20, 2009

    “When was your last participation in Milan – San Remo, and what are your memories of the race?” He turns to one of his entourage; “Was it 2002, yeah 2002, but I don’t remember anything about it, I’m not young anymore, I forget things!” Earlier today Lance Armstrong met the press ahead of his return to Euro-racing at tomorrow's Primavera. PEZ was front row...

  • Friday March 23, 2007

    Come la vediamo un poco tutti… The Milano Sanremo is not a common race. It’s something different from any other one and this fact has not really an explanation just looking to her superficially. It’s not the oldest. It’s not the hardest. It’s not for sure the most interesting. The route is nothing special.

  • Thursday March 15, 2012

    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.

  • Monday March 22, 2010

    Roadside Sanremo: The last couple of days have been action-packed (no surprise there), and now that the things have returned to normal here in Sanremo, there’s time for a little reflection on an amazing day and my first viewing of La Primavera.

  • Tuesday March 16, 2010

    The Riviera: the mimosas smell at this time. A small boat lays on the beach just in front of the blue Ligurian sea. The fishermen just arrived and are now preparing their fish for the market. The climb if La Mani at Noli, was added in 2008 to shake up the race before the 'tre capi'... but has it made a difference? PEZ takes a closer look...

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