Gallery: 10 years of Milan-San Remo on the Via Roma

A look back at the traditional finish

For the first time since 2007, Milan-San Remo will return to its traditional finish in the centre of San Remo on Via Roma, the slightly rising shopping street that first rose to fame in the 1960s and ‘70s when Eddy Merckx won the race seven times in 10 years.

As Cyclingnews' Stephen Farrand noted in his race preview, the Via Roma’s return has pleased the purists and the sprinters, many of whom grew up watching the race finish there.

The Via Roma finish means the race ends a kilometre closer to the Poggio, however, leaving less room for the peloton to chase down any attackers. It can only mean the finish will be even more thrilling.

Eddie Merckx is mobbed while holding the Milan-San Remo trophy aloft after winning the race in 1972. Merckx won Milan-San Remo on Via Roma seven times in 10 years in the 1960s and '70s. (Getty Images Sport)

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