By Gregor Brown
Milano-Sanremo organiser RCS Sport has confirmed that the 99th edition will conclude on Lungomare Italo Calvino and not its normal 2.4-kilometre stretch of Via Roma. The decision for the March 22 race is due to road construction and shop merchants facing a busy Easter weekend.
As normal, the race - won in 2007 by Oscar Freire - will descend the Poggio after 288.3 kilometres, head west on Corso Cavallotti, Via Fiume, Corso Orazio Raimondo. However, it will then avoid Via Roma for the finishing stretch on Lungomare Italo Calvino - closer to the Mar Ligure. The distance of 2008's first Monument, known as La Classicissima or La Primavera, is expected to be 294 kilometres.