The Milano-Sanremo is raced on the classic route which has connected Milan to the Riviera di Ponente over the last 105 years, via Pavia, Ovada, Passo del Turchino, and then descending towards Genoa Voltri.
From here, the route strikers west, passing through Varazze, Savona, Albenga, Imperia and San Lorenzo al Mare where, after the classic sequence of the “Capi” (Capo Mele, Capo Cervo and Capo Berta), the peloton negotiates two climbs which have entered the race route in recent decades: the Cipressa (1982) and Poggio di Sanremo (1961).
The Cipressa is just over 5,6 km long with a gradient of 4,1%. The descent leading back down to SS 1 Aurelia road is highly technical descent leading.
The ascent of Poggio di Sanremo starts 9 km before the finish line. The climb is as follows: 3,7 km, average gradient less than 4%, maximum 8% in the segment before getting to the top of the climb. The road is slightly narrower, with four hairpin turns in the first 2 km.
The descent is extremely technical, on asphalt roads, narrow at points and with a succession of hairpins, twist and turns as far as the junctions with SS 1 Aurelia.
The final part of the descent enters urban Sanremo. The last 2 km are on long, straight urban roads. 850m from the finish line there is a left-hand bend on a roundabout. The last bend, leading into the home straight, is 750m from the finish line.
Despite its worldwide renown as the economic capital of Italy, there is more to Milan than just the Piazza Affari stock exchange, technology or industry.
Recognised as one of the European leaders in fashion and design, the city is also a major “exhibition centre”. In 2015, it was the venue of one of the most important global events, EXPO, which hosted the official presentation of the 2016 Giro d’Italia, among other things.
Milan is also rich in art, and there is much to explore in the city of the “Madonnina”, which boasts a long tradition in literature, art, music and science. The city’s large museum network includes Museo della Pietà Rondanini, MUDEC, Cenacolo Vinciano, Pinacoteca di Brera, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e Tecnologia “Leonardo Da Vinci”, Museo del Novecento, Villa Reale, Triennale Design Museum and Museo San Siro. One may even claim that Milan was Leonardo’s city: The Last Supper, the Atlantic Codex, the Naviglio Grande gates, as well as frescoes, paintings and plenty of drawings and designs are just a little sample of the heritage that Leonardo – an architect, engineer, inventor, scientist and artist – left behind during the 20 years he spent in the city. The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie holds one of the most famous religious artworks of the Renaissance, “The Last Supper”, a mural that Leonardo da Vinci painted between 1495 and 1497, as commissioned by Ludovico Il Moro, Duke of Milan.
It is no coincidence that the city was nominated to host the 24th ICOM (International Council of Museums, created in 1946) Conference in 2016, which will take place from July 3 to July 9, after Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2013, and Shanghai, China, in 2010.
The city will also be hosting plenty of sporting events this year, including the start of the Milano-Sanremo cycling “Classicissima”, and the 2016 UEFA Champions League final at Milan’s Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 28.
Sanremo is known as the city of flowers and the city of Italian song. Every year, Teatro Ariston hosts the famous Festival di Sanremo, currently celebrating its sixty-sixth edition. Speaking of sports, the city is renowned as finish location of the opening race of the cycling season, Milano-Sanremo.
Automobile racing is the second, great sporting tradition of the city. Two major events will take place here in 2016: the legendary Rallye Sanremo, celebrating its 31st edition this year, and the second Sanremo Rally Team that will run from May 22 to May 26. The latter will be a unique event in the motorsports industry, gathering all the automobile manufacturers that marked the history of the city’s Rally competition. It will run along the roads of the famous “Ronde”, and will be open to all vintage and modern rally cars by all automakers that competed in the World Rally up to 2003. Corso Fiorito (Sanremoinfiore) is another globally famous event taking place in Sanremo: a traditional parade of flower-covered floats welcoming spring with the scent and colours of blossoms that have earned the “Riviera dei Fiori” its worldwide renown. The event will take place on Sunday, March 13. “Once upon a time… The magic world of fairy tales” will be the 2016 parade theme: each participating town will be assigned one fairy tale it shall draw inspiration from to create its float.
Sanremo also owns its renown to its position, to its microclimate and to the beauty of its landscape. All this adds up to a glorious past, which left its lasting mark in the old town centre (nicknamed La Pigna, “the pine cone” for the “winding” shape of the walls). Main sights include the Basilica Collegiata Cattedrale di San Siro, the Sanctuary of Madonna della Costa, the hermitage of San Michele and the Church of Cristo Salvatore, built at the end of the 19th century by the Russian nobility, nowadays one of the symbols of the town, together with the Casino, nearby. Many private mansions built along the promenade shine as jewels of architecture: Palazzo Bellevue (which has been a luxury hotel for many years, and became the city hall in 1963), Palazzo Borea d’Olmo (a few metres away from Teatro Ariston, one of the major Baroque buildings of western Liguria), Villa Ormond (renowned for its park, with many exotic plants), Villa Nobel (built in Moorish style, the last place where Alfred Nobel lived, currently a venue for cultural meetings), Villa King, nearby (Art Deco), and Castello Devachan.
(http://img.server86.nl/sport/wielrennen/wedstrijd/logo/200/3.jpg)Just mention Milano-Sanremo and immediately your mind goes to “Grande Ciclismo” taking action. Reminding the “Primavera” (as foreigners use to call it) brings back the first important rendezvous. The competition seasons have become longer and longer, growing out of all proportion. They begin in January in Australia for closing in October in China, but the pilasters which support the whole movement are still the same, i.e. the Grandi Giri and the Classiche Monumento, (Monumental Classics), and to begin with, the Sanremo…The “Classicissima” will always be considered as one of the most charismatic race of the cycling year. And it actually is, because its characteristics are, technically speaking, unique.
No other race can compete with a 300 kilometers long bicycle ride. And moreover it is open to everybody’s dreams. The true sprinters such as Cavendish, Greipel and Petacchi can plan a victory, but the introduction of the “Manie” has made the sprinters’ dreams more arduous and lent wings on the heels of strikers: sprinters of course but also climbers…
(http://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2010/12/Milan-San-Remo-cliffs1.jpg)Milan-Sanremo started in 1907 and more than 100 editions later the race is no doubt still a cycling icon. An icon that was able to shake the dust off its clothes offering an ever fresh and up-to-date look. And this is the reference we wish to cling to in a fervent ride into the future
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Milano Sanremo: finish line moves back to via Roma
Milano, 28 novembre 2014
Milan, November 28, 2014 – The Milano San Remo goes back to its traditions to set up a spectacular finale on the classic Via Roma finish line, which has played a key role in the history of this monument race. Also known as the “Primavera”, the Milano San Remo is organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport and will be held on March 22. It will run a very similar course as the 2014 edition – with the key points on Passo del Turchino, Capo Mele, Capo Cervo, Capo Berta, Cipressa and Poggio di Sanremo – but has a substantial change for the finale. Compared to the Piazzale Calvino finish, which had 3 kilometres from the Poggio descent to the finish line and has been used for the last few editions, the Via Roma finish line will shortens this distance to “only” 2km. This change will make the race even more open and unpredictable – until the final moments – with the attackers having more chances to anticipate the fast wheels of the peloton. The total distance will therefore go from 294km to 293km from 2015. COURSE NOTES The last winner on the Via Roma was the Spanish rider Oscar Freire, in 2007. Eddy Merckx is the record holder, with 7 victories in this “Classicissima di Primavera”, winning the race in 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975 and 1976, with each of these on the Via Roma finish line – showing how the finale of this race can be open to many solutions. HISTORY OF SAN REMO FINISH LINE • from 1907 to 1948 finish in Corso Cavallotti • from 1949 to 1985 finish in Via Roma • from 1986 to 1993 finish in Corso Cavallotti • from 1994 to 2007 finish in Via Roma • from 2008 to 2014 finish in Piazzale Italo Calvino
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