The 101st edition of the Milano – San Remo runs this Saturday, March 20th. The 298km ‘classica di primavera’ is an annual event first raced in 1907 which runs from Milano to the coast and then west to San Remo. It is the longest professional one-day race and it is considered one of the five great cycling monuments along with Paris-Roubaix, Ronde van Vlaanderen, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Giro di Lombardia.
The Milano – San Remo is considered a sprinters classic as it often finishes in a group sprint these days. The 2009 edition was won in dramatic fashion with a sprint in which Mark Cavendish overtook a devastated Heinrich Haussler in a photo finish. Eddy Merckx (’66,’67,’69,’71,’72,’75,’76) has the record for the most wins with 7 and Fausto Coppi has won it on 3 occasions (’46,’48,’49).
I had the pleasure to ride the Milano – San Remo solo in 2009, the centenary year of the race, on the first Cima Coppi Tour. I have since described that if I were able to only participate in one professional race it would be the Milano – San Remo. It’s a tremendously beautiful ride and you can read about my experience with it here.
Details of the 2010 race:
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