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Roulette Milano-Sanremo: sprinters or finisseurs?

18/03/2022

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.

 

Start List

 

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.

The Route

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.

Last kilometres

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.

 

TV Coverage

The 2022 Milano-Sanremo presented by Eolo will be aired by the host broadcaster RAI live in full from the start at the Velodromo Maspes-Vigorelli, to the finish on Via Roma in Sanremo. The race will benefit from a television distribution that will reach more than 200 countries around the world.

In Italy, images of the Milano-Sanremo will first be broadcasted on the thematic channel RAI Sport, and will then move to RAI 2 for the last three hours of the race. The entire transmission of the Classicissima di Primavera will also be available live in Italy on Eurosport 1, as well as in the rest of Europe and Southeast Asia. Free-to-air transmission in Belgium will be provided by VTM Medialaan in Flemish and RTBF in French, while in Switzerland SRG SSR will offer cycling fans the race; available on RSI in Italian, SRF in German and RTS in French.

Full coverage of the race will also be ensured by the ‘over-the-top’ platforms Eurosport Player and GCN+, which will offer live streaming in the aforementioned territories, and exclusively in France, USA and Canada, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Indian subcontinent and Australia. Both platform’s live streams will also reach fans based in Japan and Sub-Saharan Africa, who will also have the possibility to watch the race on J Sports and Supersport respectively.

Elsewhere, the first Monument of the season will play out on DirecTV screens in South America while In New Zealand fans will enjoy the spectacle of the Milano-Sanremo presented by Eolo courtesy of SKY Sport.

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