The French rider Arnaud Demare (FDJ) has won in a bunch sprint the 107th edition of Milano-Sanremo by Namedsport, the first Classic Monument of the season. On the finish line in Via Roma he finished in front of Ben Swift (Team Sky) and Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Soudal). The race was characterised by a detour due to a landslide, which elevated the final kilometres from 291 to 295.
1 – Arnaud Demare (FDJ) – 295km in 6h54’45”, average speed 42.676km/h
2 – Ben Swift (Team Sky) s.t.
3 – Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Soudal) s.t.
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the winner said: “This is incredible. There are days like this one in which everything works despite the occasional hiccup, like crashing at the bottom of the Cipressa. I made it across at the bottom of the Poggio and the entire way I felt fantastic. I became the under-23 world champion in similar conditions after crashing. I’m delighted to win Milano-Sanremo. This is a big one and has been running for over a century. It’s extraordinary. I’m extremely happy.”