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Report: No Pompeiana climb in Milan-San Remo

Stephen Farrand
February 15, 09:22,
February 15, 10:39
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, February 15, 2014
Milan-San Remo
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Local authorities refuse permission for the climb due to safety concerns

Recent bad weather and doubts about safety mean that the new Pompeiana climb is unlikely to be part of the route of this year's Milan-San Remo.

Race organiser RCS Sport added the five-kilometre climb to the finale of the traditional race route in an attempt to shake-up the outcome of the race and avoid the traditional sprint finish. Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and other sprinters have announced they will not target Milan-San Remo but could now have a chance of victory in the first monumental Classic of the season.

A report in the La Stampa newspaper suggests that recent land slides and safety concerns have caused the local authorities to refuse to issue a permit for the race to climb the Pompeiana. The local authorities appear unwilling to find the finances to make the Pompeiana safe for the race and the thousands of spectators expected on the roadside on Sunday March 23.

"We took a decision before the bad weather of the last few days. We'd pointed out a series of problems linked to safety. Our negative decision was decided with a official act," Michele Russo –the Provincial engineer for transport and road infrastructure told La Stampa.

It seems the authorities are concerned about road safety on the narrow, twisting roads, that includes long sections without guard rails and a critical section near Castellaro on the difficult descent back to the main coastal road.

RCS Sport has yet to make an official statement regarding the Pompeiana. However with the race just over a month away, it seems a return to the traditional race route is likely, giving the sprinters a shot at victory.

qwerty12 5 months ago
no comment but LOL
Max Headwind 5 months ago
I vaguely remember the days before race radios when a premium was placed on rider judgement whether needed to read race tactics or judge speeds on a dangerous down hills. Perhaps for additional safety and control we should hold future races in the Gym on spin bikes.
wirral 5 months ago
Second thoughts?
Manuel Schoel 5 months ago
Too bad, with the new finish I had high hopes for Gianni Meersman.
kevinzamora 5 months ago
Great news! Now Tornado Tom may have another shot to finally get the MSR victory that has eluded him for a decade. With his new sprint he might actually make it. Would be epic if he won the first three monuments of the year in the same season!
montani3semper 5 months ago
>than 290 km isn't hard enough? (Even Zomegnan may think so)
maxmartin 5 months ago
Cavendish is happy lol
nuvolablu 5 months ago
Cavendish is finished, even Kittel is a better climber right now
RobinParker 5 months ago
Give us a break. Cav is a loooooong way from finished.
Tony M 5 months ago
I greet this as good news because I want to see a a gigantic shoot out for the sprinters. Come on CAV !
Alan D 5 months ago
Well head to Belgium... you can see a kermesse everyday.
Broth3r 5 months ago
Yay, lets ruin the race.
Lightening Toke 5 months ago
Milan San Remo doesn't have traditional sprint finishes. And, even when it was less hilly, before the addition of Le Manie, sprinters often did not win. That's one of the reasons it's such a good race. There's a kind of dynamic between sprinters and attackers you just don't get in any other race. Why RCS would want to screw up the race is plain. They want an Italian to win, preferably Nibali. Why others would want it screwed up is beyond me.
nuvolablu 5 months ago
They want Sagan to win, and I really hope this is finally his year
MTroon 5 months ago
Well stated. I agree that the dynamics of MSR strike a perfect balance that creates a showdown among the fittest of the sprinters, attackers, and rouleurs that is unique to cycling. Maybe Strade Bianche creates a similar dynamic, but totally unique. This is why I love both of these races so much. As a fan I don't need another Ardennes classic.
BarkingOwl 5 months ago
Yay! A small group of 10-15 in the last 10km making decisions at 60km/hour with 290km in their legs