OVERVIEW

‘La Classicissima’ or Milano-Sanremo is the classic route which has connected Milan to the Riviera di Ponente over the last 105 years. the Italian Monument is just short out 300km long, with a number of short climbs. We can expect a star studded start-list for the 108th Milan-Sanremo on Saturday 18th March.

Last years race saw Arnaud Demare “controversially” win beating Ben Swift and Jurgen Roelandts to the podium.

 

 


 

Click here to view the full start-list on PCS

 

RACE FAVOURITE

Fernando Gaviria 🇨🇴  (Quickstep Floors)

After his recent triumph at Tirreno The Colombian has been described as cycling’s new superstar. He will be joined at Quickstep Floors  by Julian Alaphillipe, and a very supportive team around them. I think Gaviria’s season has seemingly been building towards Milan-Sanremo.

ONES TO WATCH

Peter Sagan 🇸🇰  (Bora – Hansgrohe)

The world champion left Tirreno feeling exhausted. So will the quick turn around give him enough time to recuperate, if it wasn’t for this I think he would be out and out favourite. You have to tip Sagan for any one-day race.

John Degenkolb 🇩🇪 (Trek-Segafredo)

After a shocker of 2016 for the German, this season has shown some signs of recovery. A monument specialist, the german could crown his return to for with Trek with a big season win. He will be joined by Fabio Felline in the Trek line up, which may defer the attention towards Degenkolb.

Sonny Colbrelli 🇮🇹  (Bahrain Merida)

He took a big win at Paris Nice on stage two. He seems a perfect fit for the 300km race to Riviera di Ponente. But can he get enough support from his new team?

OUTSIDERS

Greg Van Avermaet 🇧🇪  (BMC Racing Team) He seemed a little off the boil at Tirreno (after I backed him for a stage) Gianni Moscon 🇮🇹  (Team Sky) I seem to back him for ever race he enters! I just have a feeling that he has a big win on the horizon Alexander Kristoff 🇳🇴 (Katusha-Alpecin) He has shown signs of a promising start to 2017 and is more than strong enough to take the victory in a sprint Mark Cavendish 🇬🇧  (Dimension Data) Whenever I don’t back him delivers,  Ben Swift 🇬🇧  (UAE Abu Dhabi) Lets face it, he is going to finish in the top 10. Arnaud Demare 🇫🇷 (FDJr) Last years winner has had a good start to 2017, but it’ll be a big ask to repeat last years result. Michael Matthews 🇦🇺 (Team Sunweb) is a hardy fast man, could he deliver a big win for Team Sunweb. Jakub Mareczko 🇮🇹  (Willier Trestina) He is probably equal odds of finishing last as he is first, but he is a classy sprinter, and at only 22 the future looks bright for the Italian. It’s a one day race so you have to put forward Team Sky’s Muleteer hero Luke Rowe 🇬🇧  (Team Sky) especially after a podium finish at Kuurne and a top ten at Omloop. Finally Rowe’s teamate Michal Kwiatkowski 🇵🇱 (Team Sky) this man can offer a surprise attack in the final kilometres. It’d be a bit of a surprise if he takes the victory similar to his solo attack Strade Bianchi.

 


 

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