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Elite Men: Milan - San Remo 299km

Kristoff wins Milan-San Remo

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March 23, 13:17,
March 27, 11:02

Cancellara and Swift round out top three

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins Milan-San Remo

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins Milan-San Remo

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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) won the 105th Milan-San Remo taking the sprint ahead of Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) and Ben Swift (Team Sky). He easily pulled away in the closing meters after a perfect leadout from his teammate Luca Paolini.

It was the biggest career win for Kristoff, who became the first Norwegian to win the race.

As expected, the race once again came down to a mass sprint, with most of the top names making it through to the end. However, Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) finished only fifth, last year's winner Gerald Ciolek (MTN Qhubeka) ninth, and heavy favourite Peter Sagan (Cannondale) only 10th in a rain-affected race that split and regrouped several times as the peloton tackled a more traditional looking edition of the race.

The top sprinters had all survived up until the foot of the final climb of the Poggio, at which point an attack from Vincenzo Nibali - who had attacked on the Cipressa - was neutralised. John Degenkolb unluckily punctured near the base of the climb but Team Sky, BMC and Belkin all attempted to split the field on the fast run-in to Sam Remo. It was Katusha who took control. Paolini powered to the front inside the final kilometre at a crucial moment when discipline and calmness were required.

Omega Pharma tried to position Cavendish on the right hand side and although he had enough power to overtake an fading Sacha Modolo, he was powerless to stop Kristoff from charging for the line in a sprint reminiscent of Oscar Friere's last win here in 2010.

Wet, wet, wet

The riders were served a taste of the conditions they would face during the race as they headed to the sign-in close to the Arco della Pace at the end of Corso Sempione. Showers and grey skies alternated in rapid frequency, with riders covered in rain jackets, leg warmers and gloves.

The riders rolled out from central Milan at 9:50 am as planned, with the official race start on the edge of the city in Via della Chiesa Rossa. With the 8.5km transfer and the 294km race route, the riders covered over 300km.

The roads and the Milan tram tracks were wet and slippery, with Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) crashing. He hurt his elbow and was forced to quit the race before it had officially begun.

The attacks came as soon as the flag as dropped, with Maarten Tjallingii (Belkin), Jan Barta (Netapp-Endura) the first to jump away. David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) was keen to get in the move in what is his final Milan-San Remo. However he was chased down and teammate Nathan Haas jumped across as a breakaway of seven riders formed.

The peloton was looking for a controlled race and let the magnificent seven go and they quickly gained a minute. The seven were Matteo Bono (Lampre Merida), Haas (Garmin-Sharp), Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF), Antonio Parrinello (Androni Giocattoli), Tjallingii (Belkin), Barta (NetApp-Endura) and Marc de Maar (UnitedHealthCare).

By the time the riders reached Pavia, after 35km, the break already had a gap of seven minutes. It reached 10 minutes after 45km but then the peloton began to react, with the first hour of the race covered at 47.7km/h.

Cannondale led the pursuit, with additional help from several other teams. However occasional rain showers dampened their enthusiasm and soaked the riders. A hailstorm also hit the race on the gradual slopes of the Passo Turchino, with temperatures falling to 5 degrees Celsius, but the gradual climb up from the Lombardy plain did little to change the race.

The break emerged from the 180m long Passo Turchino tunnel with a lead of eight minutes and a view of the Mediterranean offered hope of a dry finale. However it was not to be and spring had not yet arrived on the Italian Riviera. The rain returned as the riders headed west along the Aurelia coast road. Eating and drinking would be as vital as riding a tactically perfect race.

Peter Sagan stopped for a mechanical problem but was soon on his way and his Cannondale team continued to work on the front, with help from Orica-GreenEdge, Giant-Shimano and Trek Factory Racing.

As the riders reached the 175km point of the race, with still more than 100km to go, Boem struggled at the back of the break with cramp. All the seven breakaway riders were fatigued and wet after making a huge effort together, an effort of glory and sacrifice for their teammates rather than of personal ambition.

Before the second feed zone, at 70km to go, the break was reduced to just five riders. First Boem was dropped, then Haas sat up after an unfortunate puncture. After five hours of racing, much of it in the rain, the average speed was still above 42km/h. The gap between the breakaway and the peloton was down to 6:00 as the first capi climb, the Capo Mele, neared.

The gap was under three minutes as the peloton hit the Capo Berta, with the break down to only three riders. The rain let up as the Cipressa approached but the roads were still wet, and it had rained so heavily at the finish that the road was covered with several inches of water, a potentially dangerous situation which organizers hastened to clear away.

The hard conditions took their toll, as reports came through that Omega Pharma-QuickStep was starting to lose its sprint train, although Cavendish was still holding on.

On the Cipressa, Bono was the first to be dropped. Some 1:30 behind them, Cannondale led the way up, stringing out the field and with riders falling off the back with regularity. Nibali took off with 25km to go and quickly picked up a lead on the winding wet road. In no time he had caught and passed Bono.

As the road rose, the gap to the initial break continued to fall. The bad weather didn't seem to bother Nibali, who calmly made his way up to the two remaining leaders, catching and passing them with 20km left.

More and more riders tried to jump away from the chasing group, but Cannondale did their best to hold things together with Alessandro De Marchi providing Sagan with crucial support. Nibali built his lead up to 49 seconds with 15km to go, as Tjallingii tried unsuccessfully to follow.

Sky moved up to the front of the chase, riding for Edvald Boasson Hagen, and the gap had fallen to 20 seconds with 10km - and the Poggio - still to go. Nibali had started to fade and at the foot of the climb; he only held a 13-second advantage.

Lotto led the furious chase, catching the Astana rider on the ascent with 9km to go, but it was Trek's Fabian Cancellara who took off next with Gregory Rast, along with Enrico Battaglin of Bardiani going clear. There was a brief volley from Gilbert but he was unable to make an impression as up ahead as Rast and Battaglin tried to forge clear. They were caught near the top of the climb and it was Lars Petter Nordhaug (Belkin) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) who attempted to split the field on the treacherous descent.

Andre Greipel had lost contact on the climb but bravely fought back before the run-in to the line.

With 2km to go, many of the top names were still there as the mass sprint was set up. Katusha led the way to the 1km marker. Gilbert shot up the left hand side, and Cavendish put in his shot, but it was Kristoff who took the win with the Norwegian pulling away in the closing meters for a convincing win.

Full Results

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# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 6:55:56  
2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing    
3 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky    
4 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team    
5 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
6 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF    
7 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
8 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
9 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
10 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale    
11 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin Sharp    
12 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky    
13 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
14 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin Sharp    
15 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team    
16 Yoann Offredo (Fra)    
17 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team    
18 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo    
19 Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing    
20 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing    
21 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling    
22 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
23 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
24 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol    
25 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
26 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:06  
27 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin Sharp 0:00:07  
28 Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:34  
29 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky    
30 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:40  
31 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:00:54  
32 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo    
33 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha 0:01:12  
34 Arnaud Demare (Fra) 0:01:22  
35 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol    
36 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
37 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:01:33  
38 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:01:35  
39 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:54  
40 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:09  
41 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:02:38  
42 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol    
43 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:03:14  
44 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:15  
45 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
46 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale    
47 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:22  
48 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:03:36  
49 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge 0:03:50  
50 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka 0:04:10  
51 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team    
52 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing 0:05:08  
53 Marc Demaar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
54 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano    
55 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp 0:05:23  
56 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team 0:05:29  
57 Robert Förster (Ger) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
58 Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team    
59 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
60 Mickael Delage (Fra) 0:05:34  
61 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale 0:06:03  
62 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale 0:06:06  
63 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:06:20  
64 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:06:23  
65 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky    
66 Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
67 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp - Endura    
68 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling    
69 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo    
70 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing    
71 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo    
72 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:07:49  
73 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano    
74 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:07:51  
75 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha 0:10:04  
76 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha    
77 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
78 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
79 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
80 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
81 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team    
82 Johan Le Bon (Fra)    
83 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida    
84 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team    
85 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra)    
86 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano    
87 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing    
88 Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
89 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge    
90 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:11:42  
91 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp - Endura    
92 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol    
93 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling    
94 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
95 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
96 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
97 Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani CSF    
98 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp    
99 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo    
100 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
101 David Boucher (Fra) 0:14:33  
102 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp - Endura    
103 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team    
104 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka    
105 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp 0:17:59  
106 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Androni Giocattoli    
107 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo    
108 Rick Flens (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team    
109 Christopher Jones (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
110 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Yellow Fluo    
111 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing    
112 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
113 Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing    
114 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka    
DNF Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
DNF Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka    
DNF Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
DNF Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF    
DNF Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF    
DNF Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani CSF    
DNF Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani CSF    
DNF Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF    
DNF Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale    
DNF Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale    
DNF Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale    
DNF Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale    
DNF William Bonnet (Fra)    
DNF Arthur Vichot (Fra)    
DNF Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp    
DNF David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp    
DNF Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling    
DNF Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling    
DNF Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling    
DNF Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling    
DNF Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
DNF Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
DNF Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
DNF Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
DNF Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team    
DNF Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team    
DNF Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
DNF Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
DNF Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
DNF Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
DNF Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
DNF Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
DNF Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
DNF Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge    
DNF Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Bryan Naulleau (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar    
DNF Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
DNF Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
DNF Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha    
DNF Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha    
DNF Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha    
DNF Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha    
DNF Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team Netapp - Endura    
DNF David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team Netapp - Endura    
DNF Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team Netapp - Endura    
DNF Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura    
DNF Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura    
DNF Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky    
DNF Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky    
DNF Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky    
DNF Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky    
DNF Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo    
DNF Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo    
DNF Lucas Euser (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Davide Frattini (Ita) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Daniele Colli (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
DNF Francesco Failli (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
DNF Simone Ponzi (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
DNF Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
DNF Fabio Taborre (Ita) Yellow Fluo    


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boombastic 3 months ago
boasson hagen disappointing like always.
boombastic 3 months ago
ps. ben swift, magnificent though.
maplethedog 3 months ago
Its true, EBH is a superb domestique in the grand tours, but just doesnt seem to have it the classics.
EDDY51 3 months ago
Swift rode great... His teammate was 12th. I would want to know why he didn't help swift in the final 3ks.. As he finished 12th. Paulino was superb as lead out man.........
Mark Schwitau 3 months ago
Even the top of the top couldn't win. It shows how hard it is to win one of these monuments. Is Cancellara disappointing? How about GVA, Cav, Nibali, Sagan, Greipel, Degenkolb?
boombastic 3 months ago
cancellara was second. gva, cav, nibali and sagan was trying to do sth. degenkolb and greipel were dissapointing.
Aurelio Feldman 3 months ago
OPQS as a team was disapointing. Cav was the fastest guy out there in the finale and not having at least 2 guys to lead him out was a shame. His ride was amazing but if the plan was to be there for him they did not deliver at all. They have to get their sh... together.
wrinklyvet 3 months ago
You are right. Cav did very well to be in the mix at all after that epic ride through the cold and wet. The lack of help seemed to leave him obstructed when he could have been winding up for his sprint. It was a great effort nonetheless. He could have won and was so close to achieving it - closer than the fifth place might normally indicate.
Justin O'Pinion 3 months ago
I agree. The top five placings could have been in complete reverse order and not looked out of place at all.
andrew1991 3 months ago
The problem was that Cav was more concerned securing Gilbert's wheel than finding Stybar's wheel who was 4-5 positions ahead. So, in the end, it was not only OPQS fault. But after 300km you can't blame no one. Cav did more than enough finishing 5th considering the race conditions and the extra kgs he has. PS: How come no one made a comment about Lobatos super performance?
Dry Booger 3 months ago
Welcome in Sagans world
greenbianchi 3 months ago
it's kind of harsh to say that Degenkolb was disappointing today, given that he punctured at the foot of the Poggio as far as I know.
boombastic 3 months ago
i'm taking back what i said about degenkolb then.
maplethedog 3 months ago
Its true, it takes good form, luck, smart tactical choices. So hard to win these. Its why the "strongest" riders dont always win, and why the repeat winners are so good.
jmdirt 3 months ago
Great ride for AK! Great ride for everyone in that front group. I wonder if people will give MC some credit for being a great bike racer now?
chrishent 3 months ago
He's been due for a big one for a while now. BIg win from him
nuvolablu 3 months ago
I didn't expect Mark to be there in the final I admit, he was really good today! At the end they were all too tired even Sagan, so congrats to Kristoff a deserved win for him Great race also for Swift and Colbrelli ( surprise of the year so far )
Cance > TheRest 3 months ago
Cav would have been dropped - along with a lot of other super sprinters - on Poggio, if the big guys had opened up the fire. Fortunately for Cav that wasn't the case. That said, for a guy like Cav who cannot climb, this was an impressive performance, that I had not seen coming. Respect to him.
Farcanal 3 months ago
I dont think that the big guys chose not to open up on the poggio, more like.there were no big guys who could. Everyone was so shot. There were some fairly hard attacks and Cav never really dropped back in the line when they were pulled back. So like you say, respect to him.
Cance > TheRest 3 months ago
Maybe I should just say "the big guy" instead. I was thinking about Cancellara, and I am very sure he could have blown apart the race on Poggio if he wanted to. He hinted that he didn't go on Poggio for tactical reasons, in an interview. Of course that is only his words, but the fact that he beat super sprinters and had a pretty bad sprint position (he had to go left around some rider to come free in the sprint), tells me he had plenty of power left today. Also he let Felline chase down Gilbert when he attacked, as he didn't even bother doing it himself. Nevertheless, the best man won today
Farcanal 3 months ago
I believe spartacus was by far the strongest rider and I had a battle in my own mind whether I wanted him or cav to win. I think he (FC) didn't take the best tactic for himself. Difficult to know what goes on in the oxygen deprived mind at the end of such an epic but from the comfort of an armchair I thought he should have gone with nibal, then dropped him or out sprinted him, or gone on the poggia where there were still two sprinters left at the bottom. He was cautious I suppose but I'm surprised that being pipped at the line before didn't play more on his mind and persuade him to attack earlier.
anthonyz 3 months ago
Wow, Cavendish was really drained in the end. He could barely get up to sprint-- was it more the weather or the pace over the climbs?
LanterneVerte 3 months ago
probably both and perhaps not fully fit yet, aiming to peak in July this year
mr. tibbs 3 months ago
He did look miserable in the wet and cold during the final 30 km.
thechriswebb 3 months ago
He looked really tired; I give him credit though for making it to the end; that pace through the hills at the end was furious. He did have the best result of the big named "pure" sprinters. Finishing ahead of riders like Sagan in a long miserable classic like this one is an accomplishment.
Aurelio Feldman 3 months ago
I think he rode pretty well if we consider that he was not supose to ride MSR until a few weeks. A top 5 finish was an amazing feet.
FabiquesAnquetillara 3 months ago
I was hoping Cancellara would win, but 2nd in sprint is great. And brave Nibali deserves big admiration too for his heroic move, regardless that did not worked out.
João Teixeira 3 months ago
Nibai always gives us a good show, that's why I like him so much. Wether he wins or not, he tries! It's a delight to see him... Anyway, I was hoping Cancellara would win as well. This was his third 2nd place in Milan-Sanremo... That's why he was so upset, in the last 4 years he got 2nd place for 3 times and 3rd place last year. I believe he will deliver on Flanders or Paris-Roubaix! Congrats to Kristoff and team Katusha, they did a very good job for him!
maplethedog 3 months ago
Nibali is definitely fun to watch, glad hes doing Le Tour...
chrishent 3 months ago
Cancellara should've gone with Nibbles. What could have been...
anthonyz 3 months ago
That would have been epic.
Dry Booger 3 months ago
Yes, I think he showed the best performance today and is IMHO very likely to fly in the rest of classics too. I believe that Spartacus and Sagan will be the most consistant classics performers this year.
Cance > TheRest 3 months ago
"He easily pulled away in the closing meters, even giving Cancellara enough time to raise his fist in DISGUST." - 'disappointment' might be a better word to use. I hardly think Cancellara finds it disgusting that he was yet again beaten to the line in MSR, he was probably just disappointed. Kristoff is a nice rider who have been living in the shadows of Hushovd and the overrated EBH. Good for him to get a win. Other than that, boring race, but a good result (except for SKY in 3rd)
Lance, remember Bassons? 3 months ago
you profess to be a cycling fan yet you cant even give praise to young Ben Swift for getting 3rd. Anyone who gets on the podium after 300km of driving rain at that pace deserves praise. Instead you show your prejudices again and again you juvenile. You make me sick you tool.
Justin O'Pinion 3 months ago
I agree with you that Ben Swift rode a sterling race, even while in the service of others, and Sky did a lot of work within the last 30k keeping things together. Having said that, do you really need to insult Cance > TheRest in that manner? What you call a prejudice, he (or maybe she, as I do not know the poster) calls an opinion. You really display some utter disdain towards this poster. Quite honestly, callng someone juvenile is the most juvenile of acts, based upon its very definition. You may not agree with what Cance > TheRest has to say, but you should use a bit more decorum in your replies.
Farcanal 3 months ago
I agree Justin but you can understand the derision which people feel when a rider is singled out, from all the others, as causing disappointment just because he was there and wearing a Sky jersey. I don't think that can really be considered as an opinion. An opinion has to have a value of some type, doesn't it? To me that's just gainsaying.
Justin O'Pinion 3 months ago
I get what you're saying, and I agree with you in principal. However, an opinion, if you think about it, only has to hold value to the person who holds the opinion. It is up to others to decide for themselves whether they agree or not. Ben Swift rode superbly, undoubtedly, and deserves far more praise than that post displayed. On a completely different topic, did you catch the pic of Greg Van Avermaet in the photo gallery? He looks like he's got the 1000 meter stare. I have never raced a 300k-ish race but I can certainly understand the look.
maplethedog 3 months ago
Yeah, 300k at race speeds? Yikes...
Farcanal 3 months ago
Yes I did. I don't think he wasn't the only one with that but maybe the only one caught on camera. Speaking of which, did you see the shot of Cav before the climbs? He was visibly shivering and his top lip was quivering! I don't think he was wearing a rain jacket at that point either. The longest road race i've ridden was 110 miles in warm summer weather and I was so busted for the last 15. To do almost twice that in those conditions and finish in the front group is a massive achievement.
wrinklyvet 3 months ago
It is rather sad that you include the words in brackets. Sky helped with the chase and Swift deserved to be there. All credit to him for his third place. Clearly "a good result" only applies if someone of whom you approves does well. Fair enough perhaps, as it's your opinion, but is it right to disparage the others?
boombastic 3 months ago
no. "good result" applies to all raiders who are able to either be in top 10 or at try to influence result is some way- either by attacking, by catching attackers or by working in front of peleton. boasson hagen- a leader- was invisible all the time, therefore he was dissapointing. same apply to greipel who did not managed to be a factor in this race. From other hand gilbert and nibali were not dissapointing even when they failed to reach top 10 because they tried to do something.
boombastic 3 months ago
ps. apologises. i was about reply to other user.
Tony M 3 months ago
No disappointment for me.Kristoff proved AGAIN his durability with a kick.Well done Swift,where did you come from ? Cavendish was there ( final 300 m) without a lead out team thats class. Cancellara is legendary,don't criticize unless you have the wherewithal!
Justin O'Pinion 3 months ago
I agree. Kristoff was an outsider to many but he has been knocking at the door with some very solid results over the last two seasons. Today, he showed just how versatile he is. Luca Paolini deserves a whole bunch of praise for Kristoff's win as well. Any one of the top ten riders would have been deserving winners. Nibali's attack displayed some real panache and if his form peaks on or around the first week of July, I think the Tour stands to be one most compelling in ages.
danjo007 3 months ago
im really really rally glad Fabian FAILED yet again.
Justin O'Pinion 3 months ago
You must be winding people up. If no, may I ask why?
Farcanal 3 months ago
Maybe it's his valid opinion, Justin. As you said to me earlier, it only has to be valid for he who says it, no matter how incredible or pointless it seems to others. It does just appear to be a venomous jibe, though, just like cance's earlier. I suspect he was winding people up too - and it worked!
Chuck_T 3 months ago
dan you rally rally made my day with your comment....yet again.
cantpedal 3 months ago
If I could only be such a "failure" on a bike!
CanSprint 3 months ago
Nice ride by Bardiani-CSF...
shiresmitty 3 months ago
Why on earth did Cancellara let it come down to a sprint? I am quite surprised he took 2nd in this situation. What a strange edition of MSR. Why do they fear the sprinters so much yet tow them all the way to the line?
TheOcho 3 months ago
I think they fear the teams chasing them down more than the sprinters...wasting a bunch of energy. I don't think FC "let it come down to a sprint"...with the size of the group and everyone watching him makes for a hard breakaway.
Daniel Norton 3 months ago
That's exactly right. Same problem for Sagan. They are marked and it is tough to get away on this course. Flanders however is a different ball game. Can't wait!
thechriswebb 3 months ago
The pace through the last several kilometers was crazy; nobody could get away. Do consider that though Cancellara isn't a sprinter to the effect of Cavendish/Greipel/Kittel, at the end of this sort of race his sprint is competitive.
REDLANTERN 3 months ago
EDDY51 3 months ago
Could have been a headwind ,why he didn't attack.. Also sprinting after wet 300k not the same as sunny 200k... EBH should only ever be a domestique, he does my head in..
Tony M 3 months ago
Second for Cancellara is a more than good result in these race circumstances It not fear ,its an inevitability that when one has given ones best to shake them off,its now plan B, whats the best result I can get ?'lll sprint it out !! Second against sprinters is GOOD
ShawnB 3 months ago
I really can't profess to know; perhaps he had the horsepower to be capable of it -- but it does also seem possible that the technical final corners, the wet, the high rate of speed he'd have to turn to be pulling away from the sprinter's group right through those same corners in the finale, his recent history with situations somewhat like that (Olympic RR), and the fact that his major goals for the season are just ahead of him in coming weeks and he wouldn't want to throw that all away on a broken collarbone... Well, it doesn't seem that strange that he'd not be trying to go ballistic on this particular finish until just after the chicanes. Others did crash out in them after all. But in the end, just speculation..
Ferfred 3 months ago
The best part for me was Nibali descending the Cipressa like a kamikaze. He passed the other breakaway riders like a rocket!
qwerty12 3 months ago
lol i agree that seem to be the highlight of the race
maninder506 3 months ago
Racer xx 3 months ago
shire, have you ever raced a bike?
Loup Garou 3 months ago
REDLANTERN 3 months ago
Sure he has - on Wii Sports Resort!!!
shiresmitty 3 months ago
Yes I have, but since you asked... my point was that Cance has a lot of weapons at his disposal. His raw power and speed, he descends very well, some say as well as Nibali. And look at Nibali by the way, he went for it and committed didn't he? Gave us a good show on the way. If Cance had the speed and the power to take 2nd in that sprint, I'd say it's obvious he had plenty of power that could have been used in another way....not to mention he had 3 Trekkies with him still on the Poggio. Just quite surprised at his tactics given what happened last year...
Chuck_T 3 months ago
He tried different tactics the last few years, similar result.
Mads Aasvik 3 months ago
There's an error in the article: "They were caught near the top of the climb and it was Bauke Mollema and Greg Van Avermaet who attempted to split the field on the treacherous descent." It was Lars Petter Nordhaug who rode with Van Avermaet, not Bauke Mollema.
Justin O'Pinion 3 months ago
Helt rätt, faktiskt.
bikerbruce 3 months ago
I rely on CN for most of my info on races, but when I do watch, they're always different than what CN reports. In this case, I'd hardly call 24 riders a "mass" sprint as they did.
Chuck_T 3 months ago
Brilliant comment. How many does it require to make it a mass sprint, 100 ? And even if 100 made it to the end how many would actually be sprinting for the win ? What a thing to take away from the report....
bikerbruce 3 months ago
Generally a mass sprint is used synonymously with bunch sprint. Both are subjective terms which (to me) imply that a major portion of the peloton arrive at the finish together. I'm not trying to be hypercritical of CN, just agreeing with the above poster that the written article gave a different impression than what actually happened. The actual finish was contested by a select group, not a mass, which creates a different dynamic.