Quick.Step riders on the Poggio

Some of the Quick.Step riders taking part in tomorrow's Tour of the Mediterranean trained today on...

Some of the Quick.Step riders taking part in tomorrow's Tour of the Mediterranean trained today on the roads of the Ligurian Riviera near Sanremo. Filippo Pozzato, Kevin De Weert, Bram Tankink, Sebastien Rosseler and Jurgen Van Goolen rode for about 90 kilometres. After having tried out the first part of stage 1 (Sanremo-Menton, 130 km) that includes the climb leading to the mountain sprint at Vasia, the five riders carried on and covered the last section of Milano-Sanremo, climbing the Cipressa and the Poggio.

"It is always enthralling riding these sections that represent a monument in cycling," said Filippo Pozzato. "As far as I am concerned this training session has been extremely useful in giving me a clear idea on what lines I'll need to take during the descents. In fact, it was during the descent of the Cipressa two years ago that my hopes of a win went flying out of the window. Over this winter I've done a lot of agility and base work but still haven't done any specific work. During the Tour of the Mediterranean I want to see what point I am at in respect to my competitors and then I'll start working on the change of rhythm."

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