2013 Milan - San Remo - The Contenders

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) starts as favourite to win the 104th Milan - San Remo. He can beat anyone in the sprint and can pull away from everyone on the Poggio. He is one of the most versatile talents of the new generation. The Slovak Road Champion was 4th last year.

La Gazzeta dello Sport score - 9/10

Image © Ale Federico

Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) pictured here on his way to consecutive wins in Tirreno - Adriatico. Nibali was 3rd in 2012. The 28 year old Sicilian has courage, creativity and imagination. He has a new team this year and will have full support from his Astana team-mates.

La Gazzeta dello Sport score - 9/10

Image © Ale Federico

Cavendish

Mark Cavendish - Also has a new team, the powerful Omega Pharma - Quick Step squad. The British rider is playing down his chances of repeating his 2009 win - but he did that back then! Seems to be on form having held the leaders jersey at Tirreno - Adriatico until the end of stage four. "I can't win it," Cavendish said at Tirreno-Adriatico last week. "I can win it, that's why I'll always ride, but it'll take a special set of circumstances to do that."

La Gazzeta dello Sport score - 8/10

Image © RCS Sport

Gilbert

The 30 year old Belgian has the World Road Champions jersey on his shoulders. He started his campaign at the Tour Down Under and has been looking good. Best place third in 2011 and 2008. Milan - San Remo is perfect for him. Last winner in Sanremo wearing the rainbow jersey was Italian Giuseppe Saronni in 1983.

La Gazzeta dello Sport score - 8/10

Image © BMC / Tim De Waele

Goss

Matthew Harley Goss (Orica GreenEdge) winner in 2011. The Tasmanian is looking to make it three Australian wins in a row. Recent form suggests he could well win his second Classicissima.

La Gazzeta dello Sport score - 7.5/10

Cancellara

Fabian Cancellara (Radio Shack Leopard) winner in 2008 and second in 2012.

La Gazzeta dello Sport score - 7.5/10

Image © Sirotti

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - Quick Step) - An arm infection has affected him recently but in Paris - Nice looked to be much improved - La Gazzeta dello Sport score - 7/10

Other predictions:

Filippo Pozzato (Lampre - Merida) winner in 2006 - 7

Thor Hushovd (BMC) - 6.5

John Degenkolb (Team Argos - Shimano) - 6.5

Andre Greipel (Lotto - Belisol) - 6

Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini) - 6

Moreno Moser - (Cannondale) - 6

All other images © www.milansanremo.info


2013 Milan - San Remo Preview

Milan - Sanremo, also known as La Primavera or La Classicissima, is the first big one day race of the year and is one of the five 'monuments' in cycling. It has been held almost every year since 1907 when it was won by the French rider Lucien Petit-Breton. It is also the longest on the UCI calendar at 298 km.

As the name suggests it starts in the fashion capital of Italy, Milano and after around seven hours of racing reaches the 'City of Flowers' San Remo.

There will be no change to the route of the 104th Milan - San Remo and it will remain exactly as it was last year.

Starting at 10.10 from the Via della Chiesa Rossa it will follow a southerly route across the flat Lombard plain through Pavia, Casteggio and Voghera.

End of an era

The race reaches its highest point at The Passo del Turchino (532m) where it goes through the famous "galleria" or tunnel. This 180m long tunnel is probably being used for the last time. Built in 1872 it will be replaced by a new, wider tunnel later this year.

The Turchino tunnel 1907

Image above: The Turchino tunnel in 1907

 

The first major obstacle of the day comes with just under 100 km to go. The 4.7km long climb of Le Manie which reaches a height of 318m was introduced in 2008 when a landslide closed the via Aurelia coast road around Capo Noli. The organisers were impressed and it has been part of the race ever since. Expect a fast pace here as teams use it to get rid of the sprinters, as happened in 2012 when Mark Cavendish was distanced.

Next come some beautiful towns such as Laigueglia which is famous for its own early season race - Trofeo Laigueglia. With less than 50 km left the field tackle the Capi (coastal hills) and the decisive part of the race approaches. The obligatory early break will begin to get caught as the Capo Mele, Capo Cervo and Capo Berta pass in quick succession.

More on the Capi here

Through Oneglia and San Lorenzo al Mare the favourites will have only two things on their mind - the final two, and most important climbs, Cipressa and Poggio!

We wait to see how it unfolds

 

Weather conditions:

Expected to be poor with rain throughout the day.

Start conditions in Milan: Light rain and 3ºc

Snow is forecast on the Turchino

Finish in San Remo; 10ºc, light rain, wind 20 km/h from the north-east

An update of the weather conditions will appear here including live news from the finish line in San Remo

 

Television coverage:

Milan - San Remo will be shown in HD for the first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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