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Milano - Sanremo
« on: March 14, 2016, 08:11 »
Milano-Sanremo goes back to its roots. Following last year’s return of the race finish to the Via Roma, the Classicissima will be held on March 19 this year. That’s St Joseph’s Day, which Milano-Sanremo used to take place on regardless of which day of the week it fell on.
The greatest one-day specialists will line up, except last year’s winner, John Degenkolb, whose training accident in Calpe means that sadly he won’t be able to pin on bib number 1.
25 teams at the start (18 UCI ProTeams and 7 Wild Cards) each made of eight riders.
COURSE
The route is near-identical to 2015, covering the Turchino, the Capi, the Cipressa and the Poggio, but with two fewer kilometres due to a new road in Genova-Voltri, total distance is reduced slightly from 293 to 291.




The route
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.

LAST KM

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.












UCI WORLDTEAMS – 18 (aventi diritto)
AG2R LA MONDIALE *fr #ag2r
ASTANA PRO TEAM *kz #astana
BMC RACING TEAM *usa #bmc
CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM *usa #cannondale
DIMENSION DATA *za #dimension
ETIXX – QUICK STEP *be #etixx
FDJ *fr #fdj
IAM CYCLING *ch #iam
LAMPRE – MERIDA *it #lampre
LOTTO SOUDAL *be #lotto
MOVISTAR TEAM *es #movistar
ORICA GREENEDGE *au #orica
TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN *de #giant
TEAM KATUSHA *ru #katusha
TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO *nl #jumbo
TEAM SKY *gb #sky
TINKOFF *ru #tinkoff
TREK – SEGAFREDO *usa #trek
7 wild card (25 squadre da 8 corridori)
ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC *it #androni
BARDIANI CSF *it #bardiani
BORA-ARGON 18 *de #bora
CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE *pl #ccc
COFIDIS SOLUTIONS CREDITS *fr #cofidis
SOUTHEAST – VENEZUELA *it #southeast
TEAM NOVO NORDISK *usa #novo

last years race



Last Winners
2015   DEGENKOLB John *de
2014    KRISTOFF Alexander *no
2013   CIOLEK Gerald *de    
2012   GERRANS Simon *au   
2011   GOSS Matthew Harley *au   
2010   FREIRE GOMEZ Oscar *es   
2009   CAVENDISH Mark *gb   
2008   CANCELLARA Fabian *ch   
2007   FREIRE GOMEZ Oscar *es   
2006   POZZATO Filippo *it   
2005   PETACCHI Alessandro *it   
2004   FREIRE GOMEZ Oscar *es

Of course Degenkolb will not be returning to defend his title

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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #1 on: March 14, 2016, 08:12 »
    From last years

    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…

    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

    Sound not working here but cool images



    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

    the 2007 race

    from 55 min you get to see Poppo attacking on the Poggio if you want to scroll to the business end


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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #4 on: March 14, 2016, 13:01 »
    Carlos not riding either.

    Colour me surprised.

     :S
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #5 on: March 16, 2016, 10:02 »
    Sunny and 13 c on Saturday as they climb the Poggio is the forecast
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #6 on: March 16, 2016, 10:13 »
    Carlos not riding either.

    Colour me surprised.

     :S

    Probably still trying to shift some of this ...

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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #7 on: March 16, 2016, 10:34 »
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #8 on: March 16, 2016, 10:43 »
    Phil isnt riding.     :(
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #9 on: March 16, 2016, 10:51 »
    Phil isnt riding.     :(

    at least he won´t crash on the descent though so there is that  :)
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #10 on: March 16, 2016, 11:46 »
    not really much of a consolation though is it
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #11 on: March 16, 2016, 12:18 »
    True just thinking positive
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #12 on: March 16, 2016, 12:38 »
    not really much of a consolation though is it
    His mum might be relieved
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #14 on: March 16, 2016, 13:23 »
    True just thinking positive

    yeah dont mind me.  I am just grumpy.

    I will no doubt still watch (and be happy with Fabs wins)   :D
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #15 on: March 16, 2016, 13:24 »
    yeah dont mind me.  I am just grumpy.

    I will no doubt still watch (and be happy with Fabs wins)   :D

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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #16 on: March 16, 2016, 13:31 »
    I'm going with KRISTOFF

    Wild cards DUMOULIN and MATTHEWS
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #17 on: March 16, 2016, 13:33 »
    Matthews has to Fav I think
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #18 on: March 16, 2016, 13:44 »
    Fair enough, I think the poggio will be ridden like idiots -looking at you nibali, hybrid sprinter. maybe Boasson Hagen. I'll just keep picking riders, then when one wins claim to be a predicting genius... ;)
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #19 on: March 16, 2016, 13:53 »
    In the absence of Stars

    My riders

     :onfire1  :onfire1  :onfire1  :onfire1  :onfire1
    Matthews, Kristoff


     :onfire1  :onfire1 :onfire1 :onfire1
    GVA, Canncellara, Sagan

     :onfire1 :onfire1 :onfire1
    Nibali, Boassen Hagan, Kwiatkowski

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    Bouhanni, Haussler, Swift, Bakelandts

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    Rojas, Gallopin, Roelandts, Pozzato, Vanmarke, Debusschere
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #20 on: March 16, 2016, 19:02 »
    The sun is a star!

    I think the line-up for this race is awesome. There may be 2 or 3 teams without candidate for the win, but 5-6 teams with at least 2……..the tactics will be interesting.
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #21 on: March 16, 2016, 19:31 »
    In the absence of Stars

    My riders

     :onfire1  :onfire1  :onfire1  :onfire1  :onfire1
    Matthews, Kristoff


     :onfire1  :onfire1 :onfire1 :onfire1
    GVA, Canncellara, Sagan

     :onfire1 :onfire1 :onfire1
    Nibali, Boassen Hagan, Kwiatkowski

     :onfire1 :onfire1
    Bouhanni, Haussler, Swift, Bakelandts

     :onfire1
    Rojas, Gallopin, Roelandts, Pozzato, Vanmarke, Debusschere

    You've missed

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    Gaviria
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #22 on: March 16, 2016, 21:22 »
    Trek have plenty of options - Felline, Bonifazio and Nizzolo as well as Fabs.
    Expect them to do well.
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #23 on: March 16, 2016, 23:06 »
    You've missed

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    Gaviria

    As a casual reader of this forum I'm aware that you are a fan of, and think highly of Gaviria, but I'm not sure if this is serious or a joke. 

    Do you think that he genuinely can compete over a distance of nearly 300kms or was this 'fanboy' humor?
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #25 on: March 17, 2016, 08:32 »
    https://twitter.com/Ride_Argyle/status/710233327228231680

    click on that great team presentation

    also Roadbook is in

     ~pdf Garibaldi Milano Sanremo
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #27 on: March 17, 2016, 09:15 »
    As a casual reader of this forum I'm aware that you are a fan of, and think highly of Gaviria, but I'm not sure if this is serious or a joke. 

    Do you think that he genuinely can compete over a distance of nearly 300kms or was this 'fanboy' humor?

    Joel will probably be around to tell you that he used to cycle 300km to school each day, on a fixie, while towing the school bus! :D

    Man crush much.
    Kirby is so yesterday's news.
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #28 on: March 17, 2016, 09:26 »
    Gaviria is good but he aint Carlsberg  ;)
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    Re: Milano - Sanremo
    « Reply #29 on: March 17, 2016, 09:32 »
    In the absence of Stars

    My riders

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    Matthews, Kristoff


     :onfire1  :onfire1 :onfire1 :onfire1
    GVA, Canncellara, Sagan

     :onfire1 :onfire1 :onfire1
    Nibali, Boassen Hagan, Kwiatkowski

     :onfire1 :onfire1
    Bouhanni, Haussler, Swift, Bakelandts

     :onfire1
    Rojas, Gallopin, Roelandts, Pozzato, Vanmarke, Debusschere

    I have to agree with this, although Rojas is way out of his league here...

    I'll also include Thomas and even Jungels as outsiders.

    My main bet is still Mathews
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