By the numbers: What it takes to finish in the lead group at Milan-San Remo

On Saturday, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) thundered down the Via Roma to finish sixth at his first Milan-San Remo. The three-time cyclocross world champion was part of an elite lead group that formed over the day’s final and most decisive climb, the Poggio, before racing down to the finish. While the victory eventually went to … The post By the numbers: What it takes to finish in the lead group at Milan-San Remo appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bonifazio hit 85km/h during attack on Milan-San Remo descent

Niccolò Bonifazio (Direct Energie) shows of his skill in Oman

Niccolo' Bonifazio has revealed he touched the brakes just "two or three times' during his 85km/h solo attack on the descent of the Cipressa during Milan-San Remo . The Direct Energie rider comes from Diana Marina on the race route and described the Cipressa as "his gym, his office". He has ridden the climb and the descent hundreds of times in training, learning where he could gain time on the Milan-San Remo peloton. He managed to open a 20-second lead by using his local knowledge and descending skills but on the coast road he was alone riding into a headwind and the peloton eventually swept him up on the lower slopes of the Poggio. He went on to finish 131st on the Via Roma, 6:31 down on winner Julian Alaphilippe. "The team would have saved me for the Poggio but I felt empty at the start of the Cipressa and ...

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Milan-San Remo analysis - Podcast

Julian Alaphilippe gets a face full of champagne, not that he'll mind

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville, we look back on the action from Milan-San Remo after Julianne Alaphilippe won the first Monument of his career ahead of Oliver Naesen and Michal Kwiatkowski. We hear from an emotional Alaphilippe, Naesen, Kwiatkowski, a disappointed Matej Mohoric, Peter Sagan, Elia Viviani and Michael Matthews. Sponsor message Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Sportful has a rich and successful racing history; optimising performance for athletes who have gone onto win Grand Tours, one-day classics, and the World Championships. Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit Sportful.com and follow the ride on Instagram @sportful . You can read more ...

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Classics power play: How many watts did it take to win Milan-San Remo?

Classics power play: How many watts did it take to win Milan-San Remo?

Joe Robinson 25 Mar 2019 Some of Saturday's best riders posted their San Remo rides to Strava and the numbers are incredible The 2019 Milan-San Remo reverted to type; seven hours of anticipation with 20 minutes of electrifying entertainment. However as Strava shows, the race was as brutally hard as expected. For a third consecutive year, the winning move came on the slopes of the Poggio, the race's final climb just 5km from the Via Roma finish line, after a nervy, fast yet controlled first seven or so hours of racing. Eventual winner Julian Alaphilippe made the most of Deceuninck-Quick-Step's furious pace to force an eight-man who's who of Classics racing move when the Poggio was at its hardest. The move plus its protagonists were enough to go clear until the finish with Alaphilippe by far the strongest and smartest rider in the sprint finish. Alaphilippe's ability to sprint to ...

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Why pollution shouldn't be a barrier to cycling

Why pollution shouldn't be a barrier to cycling

Michael Donlevy 25 Mar 2019 Polluted air is a growing danger to health, but a combination of the right diet and time on the bike can actually offset the risks Pollution isn’t just something that tickles your throat as you sit at the traffic lights – it’s a killer. Harmful particles from the fossil fuels pumped out by factories and motor vehicles can penetrate the lungs and attack major organs including the brain and, more worryingly if you’re a man, the testicles. Worse, the damage done by toxic air is actually worse than scientists previously thought. What's more, pollution is rising dramatically, according to the World Health Organisation, which claims virtually all cities in poorer countries and more than half of those in richer nations have levels of toxic air that put people at greater risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes, kidney disease and even mental illness and dementia. But ...

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Photo gallery: Flares, fire and a fast finish at the 2019 Milan-San Remo

Is there anything Julian Alaphilippe can’t do? Uphill finishes, time trials, bunch sprints — it all seems to be the same for the Frenchman. And after a great start to the year, Alaphilippe took another leap forward this past Saturday, adding Milan-San Remo to what is already a very impressive palmares. Alaphilippe did it perfectly. … The post Photo gallery: Flares, fire and a fast finish at the 2019 Milan-San Remo appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Matthews back on track after Milan-San Remo

Michael Matthews is starting his third season with Team Sunweb in 2019

Despite starting Milan-San Remo with just a day and a half of racing in his legs Michael Matthews ( Team Sunweb ) delivered a dogged, if not successful, performance to finish 12th on the Via Roma. Earlier in the month, the Australian crashed during Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, soldiering on to the finish, but he was forced to abandon Paris-Nice after crashing on the first stage. In fact, Matthews was expected to miss several months of the campaign due his injuries but after another scan of an injured wrist he was given the all-clear on Wednesday to race Milan-San Remo. He was still in contention on the Poggio – despite his lack of race miles – but when Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) unleashed an attacked that formed the winning move, Matthews was forced onto the back foot. A valiant chase saw him come within a few seconds of the lead group, and ...

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Lefevere: Alaphilippe can win almost anywhere

Patrick Lefevere announces his new multi-year deal with Deceuninck

Julian Alaphilippe ’s triumph at Milan-San Remo may have been the biggest of his career, and the biggest of Deceuninck-Quick Step ’s season so far, but team boss Patrick Lefevere sees much more in the Frenchman’s future. After seeing his team’s plan carried out to perfection on the Poggio on Saturday afternoon, the veteran manager insisted that Alaphilippe can win almost anywhere, ruling out just one race, Paris-Roubaix. "We knew he was strong, but the great thing is that he makes good progress every year," Lefevere said in an interview with Sporza . "Julian wins a bunch sprint in Tirreno-Adriatico – you could call that a surprise, but not in San Remo. And he beats the strongest riders. "It’s become difficult to choose. Julian wins Milan-San Remo, he can compete in the Walloon [Ardennes] classics, and he was king of the mountains at the Tour de France. I think the ...

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Mechanical on Poggio ruins Degenkolb's chances at Milan-San Remo

John Degenkolb rides Milan-San Remo 2019

You could almost feel the frustration coming through the television camera as John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) jumped – still riding his bike – up and down in anger on the descent of the Poggio. Degenkolb had done all he could to keep close to the climbers on the final climb of Milan-San Remo but a mechanical problem scuppered any chance he might have of getting back to the leading group. After putting in a deep effort at the bottom of the Poggio to move up the main peloton, Degenkolb had lost contact with the front as the group split under pressure of the high pace set by the likes of Deceuninck-QuickStep. However, Degenkolb – whose bike was equipped with SRAM’s 1x 12-speed eTap groupset - dropped a chain on the descent of the climb. Despite Degankolb’s best efforts, he could not get the chain back on, and with no ...

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High-speed racing on the Poggio means sprinters miss out at Milan-San Remo

Caleb Ewan during Milan-San Remo 2019

The warm spring weather and steady pace for much of Milan-San Remo seemed set to help the sprinters dominate this year’s La Classicissima , but in truth, it led to their downfall. The attackers were still strong and confident on the Poggio, and so able to blow the race apart and share the spoils on the Via Roma. Eventual winner, Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) sparked the decisive selection of seven riders in the final kilometre of the Poggio, with only Vincenzo Nibali and Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), Simon Clarke (EF Education First) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) able to get on during the descent and the final flat roads in San Remo. The pure sprinters and their teammates were distanced and dropped, leaving just 11 riders to fight for victory. Few noticed but Alexander Kristoff ( UAE Team Emirates ) won the bunch sprint for 14th place on the Via ...

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Van Aert continues to impress with sixth at Milan-San Remo

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

The Via Roma in San Remo played host to cycling's superstars on Saturday afternoon, with the likes of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) all bested by the indomitable Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at Milan-San Remo . And within that star-studded elite group was also Wout van Aert ( Team Jumbo-Visma ) – the 24-year-old three-time cyclo-cross world champion in only his third road race of the season. The Belgian finished sixth, taking another outstanding result after his third place at Strade Bianche two weeks ago. At 291km, Milan-San Remo was the longest race Van Aert had ever ridden, but he has already shown that he knows his way around these mammoth road races. Last year saw him debut at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, finishing in ninth and 13th place, respectively. He was on the podium at the late-season European Championships road ...

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Top 10 for Trentin after trying his luck in closing stages of Milan-San Remo

European champion Matteo Trentin consults with the Mitchelton-Scott team car.

European road race champion Matteo Trentin ( Mitchelton-Scott ) tried to escape the clutches of the leading group at Milan-San Remo on Saturday by jumping away with just two kilometres to go, only to be chased down by three-time cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), and eventually finishing 10th. The Italian played his card inside the final couple of kilometres, and for a moment looked as though he might have opened up a large enough gap to hold off his rivals, only to look back with just over a kilometre to go to see the canary-yellow-clad Van Aert bringing him back. Once the front group was back together again, it was the turn of Bahrain-Merida's Matej Mohoric to try his luck with an attack, and while Trentin could then sit in the wheels while the Slovenian road race champion was brought to heel, ensuring that he'd be in the ...

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Alaphilippe wins Milan-San Remo

Alaphilippe wins Milan-San Remo

Julian Alaphilippe justified his tag as race favourite as he timed his sprint to perfection to claim his first Monument victory at Milan-San Remo.

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Bettiol and Clarke animate Milan-San Remo for EF Education First

EF Education First's Simon Clarke descends the Poggio to set up a top-10 finish at the 2019 Milan-Sa

The attack by EF Education First 's Alberto Bettiol approaching the top of the Poggio at Milan-San Remo on Saturday drew a response from eventual winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) – which caused the race to explode into life. Bettiol's teammate, Simon Clarke , then gave chase, and secured a top-10 finish for the American outfit in the reduced-group sprint on the Via Roma. "If you can attack on the Poggio it means you're strong," Bettiol told Cyclingnews at the finish. "And I felt good in the finale of the race. But it's also a huge disappointment because, when Alaphilippe caught me, I felt like a complete idiot because I realised I'd blown my chance. If I’d waited and saved my power for a little later, I could have perhaps attacked to go away with him." Bettiol added that he'd suffered cramps at the recent Strade Bianche, which prevented him from ...

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Valverde so near and yet so far at Milan-San Remo

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Alejandro Valverde 's seventh place at Milan-San Remo , which came as having been part of the 12-man lead group, was the Movistar rider's best finish yet at La Classicissima – a race that continues to elude and frustrate the world champion. It was a case of so near, and yet so far: the 38-year-old Spaniard was right where he needed to be on the Via Roma, but was never really a challenger to 26-year-old winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), whose greater concerns as the line approached were AG2R's Oliver Naesen, 2017 Milan-San Remo winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and former world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). "It's been a spectacular Milan-San Remo, both because of the high level of racing and the great weather," Valverde said on the Movistar website. "Being up there with the top contenders and finishing with the first group, after 20 days with no racing, is something ...

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Milan-San Remo highlights: Alaphilippe’s masterclass

Julian Alaphilippe shows off the new Deceuninck-Quick-Step jersey

The yearly seven-hour battle between the sprinters and puncheurs that is Milan-San Remo has once again come and gone, and for 2019 we can strike another one up to the latter – the third in a row for that most versatile of rider groupings. Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-Quick Step ) was the man to continue the mini-streak on Saturday afternoon, pulling off a masterful display in the finale. The Frenchman was ably aided by his powerful Quick Step team on the final climb of the day, the legendary Poggio, before launching over the top. He wasn’t alone though – far from it, in fact. The best of the best had joined him, with the last two winners Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) up there, along with legends of the modern era Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), among others. After navigating the potential treachery of the ...

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Deceuninck-QuickStep celebrate another big day out at Milan-San Remo

Stybar, Gilbert, Lampaert and Viviani cross the line in celebration

The Deceuninck-QuickStep team bus was parked amongst the other buses overlooking the San Remo seafront but the whoops of joy and the cheers coming from inside made it clear who had won Milan-San Remo . While Julian Alaphilippe celebrated his win on the podium and heard the French national anthem ring out, his teammates enjoyed the moment together and then waited to celebrate with him. The Belgian team won an incredible 73 races in 2018, but are doing even better this season. They have so far won 19 races, compared to 15 at this point in 2018. Their win list includes every one-day WorldTour race on the calendar – from the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in January, via Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in February and Strade Bianche in early March. They have still to contest the biggest spring Classics but are clearly on a roll. Elia Viviani had been ...

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Mohoric: I thought Colbrelli was with me but it was Nibali

Slovenian champion Matej Mohoric will be back for a second year with Bahrain-Merida in 2019.

Confusion and disappointment were the two overriding feelings for Matej Mohorič ( Bahrain-Merida ) as he ground to a halt on the Via Roma after an almost seven-hour effort in Milan-San Remo . On the face of it, fifth on the line – his best result in three attempts – was a fine result for the 24-year-old, but after confusion in the finale the Slovenian powerhouse only saw the race as a missed opportunity. Mohorič had done everything right for most of the day. He was there or thereabouts when Julian Alaphilippe and his Deceuninck-Quick Step team blew the race to pieces on the Poggio, and then regained contact with the elite lead group on the descent before the flat-run in. When there was a general regrouping with just over a kilometer remaining, Mohorič even began to ghost off the front of the lead group. He was quickly caught but ...

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Alaphilippe: Winning Milan-San Remo is huge moment in my career

Julian Alaphilippe comes to the realisation that he's won Milan-San Remo

Julian Alaphilippe stopped suddenly after winning Milan-San Remo , overcome with disbelief and emotion but also keen to celebrate the biggest victory of his life with the Deceuninck-Quick Step staff and riders who had helped him win. “It was simply a sensation of joy,” he explained post-race, after having time to savour his victory and start to realise he had won one of the sport’s biggest races, one of the big five Monuments. “It’s difficult to take in but I came here to win; it was my goal and the team goal’s and we did it!” he said. “I went from far out in the sprint but then when I looked left and right, nobody was there. It was an incredible moment, I had to celebrate with my teammates after the line.” Zdenek Štybar, Philippe Gilbert, Elia Viviani and Yves Lampaert crossed the line spread across the road when they ...

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