Last year’s edition of the Milan-Sanremo is one that would never be forgotten, from the rain, cold and snow to the mid race transfer and finally to the eventual outcome where Gerald Ciolek put African cycling on the map by taking a most magnificent victory. Come Sunday, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will return to the scene of its most famed victory to date and take part in the Milano-Sanremo as the defending champions.
PEZ's Nick O’Brien was live and in-color at the 96th la Primavera in 2005. Now over 100 years old, the race has changed with modern times, but as Nick discovered while riding the final “capi” that make it famous, the corsa is as tough and exciting as ever. Here's a worthy look back as we prep for this weekend's Primavera...
Race Report: Norway gained her first ever Primavera winner as Katusha hard man Alex Kristoff, chaperoned by equally hard Italian veteran team mate Luca Paolini left all of the ‘super favourites’ behind on the wet tarmac of Sanremo to claim the 2014 Milan Sanremo.
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.
Roadside Report: After the snow of last year's race chase, this year saw our man Alessandro deal with the cold, driving rain and wind. Still he wouldn't have dreamed of being anywhere else on Sunday but chasing the great Primavera again, roadside with friends for a perfect day out.
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?
With Alessandro Petacchi's surprise announcement yesterday of his retirement what better time to look back at the career of one of the sport's most victorious riders of the last 15 years with some of the best photos from the archives.
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?”
Race Preview: The 2014 Milan Sanremo has gone back to its roots this year with a parcours just like it was 10 years ago after the late exclusion of the new Pompeiana climb. Today Ed Hood checks out the parcours, the pretenders, the contenders and even the absentees ahead of Sunday's big race.
Pro Analysis: The Milan - Sanremo is the first, longest and in many of PEZ journo's minds the most beautiful of the 'Monuments'. Lee Rodgers has a bit of a different take on the great Primavera though as he analyses all the action from yesterday's big race.