The startlist of the 113th Milano-Sanremo presented by Eolo has been announced
The 113th Milano-Sanremo presented by Eolo will once again open the season of the Monument Classics, proposing, after two a year break, the traditional route with the climb of Passo del Turchino and finish located in Via Roma, where we will find out if the winner will be a sprinter or a finisseur with a late attack.
Some of the greatest stars of cycling will be at the start line, situated for the first time in the race’s history at the Maspes-Vigorelli Velodrome which has previously hosted the Giro d’Italia, the Giro di Lombardia and many Six Days events, but never the start of the Classicissima.
Among the main contenders for the final victory are Tadej Pogacar, Wout Van Aert, Peter Sagan, Mads Pedersen, Filippo Ganna, Primoz Roglic, Giacomo Nizzolo, Alexander Kristoff, Thomas Pidcock, Michael Matthews, Fabio Jakobsen, Greg Van Avermaet, Arnaud Démare, Nacer Bouhanni, Jasper Philipsen, Elia Viviani, Alberto Bettiol, Phil Bauhaus and Philippe Gilbert. Mathieu Van der Poel will also be at the start, making his season debut.
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.
The ascent of Poggio di Sanremo begins with 9 km remaining to the finish (3.7 km, average gradient less than 4%, maximum 8% in the segment before getting to the top of the climb). The road is slightly narrower, with 4 hairpin turns in the first 2 km. The descent is testing, on asphalt switchback roads, narrow at points and with twists and turns as far as the junction with SS 1 Aurelia. The final part of the descent enters urban Sanremo. The last 2 km are on long, straight urban roads. There is a left-hand bend on a roundabout 850 m from the finish line. The last bend, leading into the home straight in Via Roma, is 750 m from the finish line.