Saturday sees the first of the five ‘Monuments’ take place in Italy – so-called because they are regarded as the oldest, hardest and most prestigious one-day races in cycling. Milano-Sanremo – ‘La Primavera’ – is known as the sprinters’ classic, but this doesn’t mean the racing will be easy – a 291km course culminating with the infamous Poggio less than 5km before the finish where only the strongest riders will be in a position to contest the finish.
Leading Tinkoff at the 107th edition of the race will be Peter Sagan. Fresh from a strong finish at the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race, where he won the Maglia Rossa points jersey, and only one second kept him from taking the GC title, as well as a fourth place finish at the Strade Bianche, Sagan is in excellent form. The World Champion is leading a team of eight riders, who have played a pivotal role in the season’s racing so far.
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