The Provisional Entry List is announced today for the 110th Milano-Sanremo NamedSport on Saturday 23 March. Last year’s winner, Vincenzo Nibali, will see many other champions alongside him, such as UCI Road World Champion Alejandro Valverde, previous “La Primavera” winners Arnaud Demare (2016), John Degenkolb (2015), Alexander Kristoff (2014), his team mate Fernando Gaviria, Julian Alaphilippe and his team mate Elia Viviani, Peter Sagan, Olympic Champion Greg Van Avermaet amongst many others.
UCI WORLDTEAMS – 25 teams of 7 riders each – 18 teams invited by UCI rules
UCI Professional Continental Teams – 7 wild cards
The Race Headquarters on the eve of La Primavera, Friday 22 March, will be located at the CN l’HUB – l’HUB di Comunità Nuova, Via Luigi Mengoni 3, Milan. This is the day’s programme:
The Race Headquarters on Saturday will be located, as usual, in Sanremo at the Palafiori, Corso Garibaldi, opening at 11:00.
The Milano-Sanremo, brought to you by NamedSport, follows the classic route that has connected Milan to the Riviera di Ponente for the past 110 years, namely via Pavia, Ovada and Passo del Turchino, before descending towards Genoa Voltri. From here, the route heads 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 that have become part of the route in recent decades: the Cipressa (1982) and Poggio di Sanremo (1961). The Cipressa is just over 5.6km long with a gradient of 4.1%. The descent leading back down to the SS 1 Aurelia road is highly technical.
The ascent of Poggio di Sanremo starts 9km before the finish line. The climb is 3.7km long with an average gradient of less than 4% and a maximum of 8% in the segment shortly before the crest of the climb. The road is slightly narrower, with four hairpin turns in the first 2km. 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 the SS 1 Aurelia. The final part of the descent enters urban Sanremo and the last 2km 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.