Milano-Sanremo goes back to its roots. Following last year’s return of the race finish to the Via Roma, the Classicissima will be held on March 19 this year. That’s St Joseph’s Day, which Milano-Sanremo used to take place on regardless of which day of the week it fell on.
The greatest one-day specialists will line up, except last year’s winner, John Degenkolb, whose training accident in Calpe means that sadly he won’t be able to pin on bib number 1.
25 teams at the start (18 UCI ProTeams and 7 Wild Cards) each made of eight riders.
The route is near-identical to 2015, covering the Turchino, the Capi, the Cipressa and the Poggio, but with two fewer kilometres due to a new road in Genova-Voltri, total distance is reduced slightly from 293 to 291.
Milan: Spazio Luce – East End Studios, Via Mecenate, 84/10
Sanremo: Palafiori, Corso Garibaldi