Gerald Ciolek surprises at snowy Milan-San Remo


On a day when the weather provided a truly noteworthy classics race Gerald Ciolek – riding for the South African MTN-Qhubeka team – won the race which featured snow, rain and frigid weather. The 2013 of the Milan-San Remo was derailed by a cold weather condition that resulted in enough snow going over the Passo Turchino that the race was neutralized as the riders loaded in team buses to be shuttled down the other side. The breakaway, which featured Lars Bak, Pablo Lastras and four others were given a 7 minute head start when the race recommenced as the lead they had up the Turchino was preserved on the other side.

When racing recommenced it did so without many of the favorites, notably Tom Boonen and Niki Terpstra who decided staying in the bus was a better plan. Then the long list of DNF’s started rolling in with Matt Goss (winner in 2011) and Vincenzo Nibali being two of the bigger names to end their day early.

As the peloton reformed going into the Cipressa, it was Ian Stannard who was left to his own devices after nearly the entire Team Sky crashed on the slippery road and he joined forces with Sylvain Chavanel to make what was a promising move. Philippe Gilbert attacked down the other side and was reeled in by a small group containing the aforemetioned Chavanel and Stannard and Eduard Vorganov. On the Poggio things really heated up as Peter Sagan, Fabian Cancellara, Filippo Pozzato and Gerald Ciolek set out after Stannard and Chavanel. Pozzato couldn’t keep pace on the descent and the group became a select six with Luca Paolini making it across to join the others.

Into the final two kilometers, Fabian Cancellara was unusually quiet allowing the lion’s share of the work to be done by Stannard and Sagan, the latter of two likely over-estimated his strength. Into the final 300m Chavanel lauched his attack first and Sagan responded from too far from the line and looked good for the win until Ciolek (who had been keeping his legs fresh the entire time) passed him by half a wheel length for the surprise win.

2013 Milan San-Remo Top Twenty
1. Gerald Ciolek (MTN)
2. Peter Sagan (CAN)
3. Fabian Cancellara (RNT)
4. Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ)
5. Luca Paolini (KAT)
6. Ian Stannard (SKY)
7. Taylor Phinnay (BMC)
8. Alexandre Kristoff (KAT)__+14″
9. Mark Cavendish (OPQ)
10. Bernard Eisel (SKY)
11. Francisco Ventoso (MOV)
12. Sonny Colbrelli (BAR)
13. Heinrich Haussler (IAM)
14. Enrico Gasparotto (AST)
15. Sebastian Turgot (EUR)
16. Jurgen Reolendts (LOT)
17. Roman Bardet (ALM)
18. John Degenkolb (ARG)
19. Yoann Offredo (FDJ)
20. Oscar Gatto (VIN)


2 thoughts on “Gerald Ciolek surprises at snowy Milan-San Remo

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