Saturday 19th March the first Monument of the season displays again the traditional route including the Turchino, the Capi, the Cipressa and the Poggio before the traditional finish in via Roma after 293 km of racing. The great novelty will be the start from the historic Milanese velodrome Maspes-Vigorelli. After the city parade, the km 0 will be as usual in via della Chiesa Rossa.
Milano-Sanremo runs along the classic route that for more than 110 years has connected Milan with the western Riviera through Pavia, Ovada, the Passo del Turchino that leads into Genua Voltri. From there, it rolls westwards through Varazze, Savona, Albenga to Imperia and San Lorenzo al Mare where, after the classic sequence of the Capi (Mele, Cervo and Berta), the atheltes will deal with the two climbs added in recent decades: the Cipressa (1982) and the Poggio di Sanremo (1961). The Cipressa is just over 5.6 km long with a gradient of 4.1%. The highly testing descent leads back down to SS 1 Aurelia.