La Milano-Sanremo è la prima Classica Monumento della stagione, e storicamente inaugura la primavera del ciclismo mondiale
3 April 1910.
Milano-Sanremo, the first monument classic of the season, has been the opener of the springtime cycling season worldwide since forever.
More than once, however, winter had not left yet. So did it in 1910, which was remembered as one of the toughest editions in history.
Sixty-three riders kicked off from Milan under a laden sky, way before the sunrise.
It started to rain in Pavia, then the rain turned to hail in Tortona, and eventually it turned to snow as the peloton was negotiating the Passo del Turchino, heading for Ovada.
Legend has it that Cyrille Van Houwaert – who at that time was leading the race, solo – came across a couple of skiers along the pass. It makes you wonder whether he or the two of them were the most shocked.