22 March 2019

Milano-Sanremo’s Roulette

The 110th edition of Milano-Sanremo, the first Monument Classic of the season, is set to take place tomorrow, starting in piazza Castello at 9:45am, with Km 0 in via della Chiesa Rossa after a 7,500m transfer, and finishing in Via Roma after 291km. 175 riders start, representing 25 teams (18 UCI WorldTeams and seven Wild Cards), each consisting of seven riders. Sunny weather is forecast.

 

There is an impressive list of favourites for the final victory, but uncertainty about whether the eventual winner will come from a rider ready to attack on the Poggio, or from the fastest wheels who are hoping to deliver in a bunch sprint. Dossard no 1 will be worn by last year’s winner, Vincenzo Nibali, who will see many other champions alongside him, including UCI Road World Champion Alejandro Valverde, previous “La Primavera” winners Michal Kwiatkowski (2017), 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 and Caleb Ewan amongst many others.

“La Primavera” start list announced

 

TV COVERAGE

The international broadcast feed of the 110th edition of the Milano-Sanremo NamedSport, produced by the host broadcaster RAI, will cover the final three hours of the race live, and will be distributed in 151 countries around the world and cover all five continents across 15 different TV networks.

 

In Italy, in between the live coverage and the special pre- and post-race programs, “La Primavera” will have around four hours of coverage on the public broadcaster RAI 2. Starting from 14:30, the race will also be broadcast in Italy on Eurosport, which will cover the race internationally across 53 European countries, in Australia and in 10 South-East Asia territories, with commentary in 20 different languages.

 

Free-to-view coverage in Europe will be available to viewers throughout France, exclusively via La Chaine L’Équipe and in Belgium on the screens of VTM Medialaan in Flemish and on RTBF in French.

 

The first Monument of the season will be broadcast live in South Africa on the screens of Supersport and throughout the Middle East and North Africa, on the OSN channels.

 

In the Americas, Milano-Sanremo will be broadcast live on the Fubo.TV and FloSports platforms (in the US and Canada), and on TDN in Mexico and Central America, while the ESPN network will cover Brazil, the rest of South America and the Caribbean.

 

In the Far East, Japanese fans can follow the race live on DAZN; in New Zealand, the race will also be broadcast by Sky Sports.

 

Footage of the race will also be distributed around world through the SNTV (Sports News Television) and Perform platforms.

 

COURSE

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.

 

Final kilometres

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.