Five milestones of the 2021 Milano-Sanremo: the breakaway
296.7 km to go to Sanremo.
The finish line is just a mirage, a distant promise – two regions to cross, and nearly seven hours in the saddle to go, along the Ligurian coastline.
And still, incredible as it may seem, a break escapes on that very moment. Eight riders choose to leave the comfort of the peloton and go on adventure.
The least we can do is remember their names: Filippo Tagliani and Mattia Viel (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec), Andrea Peron and Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk), Mathias Norsgaard Jørgensen (Movistar Team), Nicola Conci (Trek – Segafredo), Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani CSF Faizane’) and Taco Van Der Hoorn (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux).
Van Der Hoorn is the last to surrender to the resurgent chasing peloton. Eventually, he is brought back on the Cipressa, 24 kilometres before the finish, after being away for roughly 273 km (give or take a metre). The longest breakaway of the year.