The 111th edition of the Milano-Sanremo was presented today at the Vittoria HQ, which will also be its main sponsor. The race organized by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport is scheduled for Saturday 8 August. The route follows the entire classic course that connects Milan with the Riviera di Ponente and the finish in Via Roma, which saw victory in 2019 for the Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe.
Stijn Vriends, the new Vittoria Group President and CEO, said of the partnership between Vittoria and Milano-Sanremo: “Vittoria is taking one of the most important steps in its history. The company is finally back to Italy, to where it belongs, and we wanted to celebrate this by supporting one of the most iconic UCI World Tour races held in Italy. We found the perfect fit in the Milano-Sanremo – the legendary Classic race. Milano-Sanremo 2020 is the race of the Italian cycling renaissance. After all the suffering that we went through, especially here in Bergamo, it is now time for a new start, and we want to actively contribute to it. I am proud to say that Vittoria, the number 1 producer of bicycle tires with graphene, is the presenting sponsor of the 111th Milano Sanremo – the race of the Italian cycling restart.”
Mauro Vegni, RCS Sport Cycling Director, said: “August 8 is a date dictated by the difficult times we have been experiencing and the consequent revolution in this year’s cycling calendar. Together we face more challenges than the traditional March date but we are confident that the territory’s response can be a strong signal for the country’s restart through sport. We will have many of the great cycling champions at the start, including last year’s winner Alaphilippe, Nibali and Viviani, sprinters such as Sagan, Ewan and Gaviria, and the up-and-coming Van der Poel and Van Aert, just to name a few. Thanks to the production of our partner Rai, this Classic Monument will be broadcast in the five continents and will be watched by millions of spectators. We are convinced that this year, despite the schedule change, one of the world’s most popular cycling races will have the success and visibility that have made it legendary.”
Caleb Ewan said: “Some of my best memories of Milano-Sanremo are from my second place finish [in 2018]. I have only done the race three times and remember that edition very well – because of the second place, and also because the weather was very cold and wet at the start in Milan but when we arrived at the coast it was nice, and I managed to finish with a good result. Hopefully this year I can go one better!”
Fernando Gaviria said: “Milano-Sanremo is a race that I like very much and that I want to win. It is always open to many solutions with different riders who can win it because the situations in the race change very quickly. I have just returned from Colombia, now I am training in Europe to be ready on August 8th. In addition to Milano-Sanremo, my big goal of the season will be the Giro d’Italia.”
The Milano-Sanremo follows the classic route that has connected Milan to the Riviera di Ponente for the past 110 years: 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.