Saturday sees the 103rd running of the biggest one-day race of the year so far – and, at 298km, the longest on the professional calendar – the ‘sprinters’ classic’ Milan-San Remo. Virtually all the top fast-twitch men will be here looking for their shot at one of cycling’s biggest titles, but one which is as likely to be decided by a late breakaway as it is in a bunch sprint.
What kind of race is it?
Eddy Merckx won a record seven times (image courtesy of Wikipedia)
Milan-San Remo is one of the oldest races still in existence and remains the most prestigious sprinter-friendly race on the calendar, with the flattest parcours of the spring Classics. Continue reading →
Following on from last weekend’s Belgian semi-classic races, we’ve decamped to the utterly gorgeous and very evocative Tuscan countryside. I half-expected Russell Crowe of Gladiator fame to put in an appearance. But today the gladiators were wearing lyrca and their steeds were made of carbon. The race on the Strade Bianche was won – for the second time – in imperious fashion by Spartacus, aka Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan), who rode away from the leading group 12 km from the finish, and quickly built a sufficient cushion as he time-trialled his way to a solo victory in the historic Piazzo del Campo in Siena.