Gerrans wins in Milan-San Remo

Australian national champ outsprints Cancellara, Nibali

Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge) captured an enthralling Milan-San Remo, outsprinting Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack) and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) at the end of the race. The three had gotten away on the final climb, the Poggio, and maintained a narrow lead to the end.

"I still haven't realized what we actually did today," said Gerrans. "This is an amazing feeling to win this monument. The team rode perfectly, and we played our cards just the right way."

The first decisive moment in the race came on La Manie, as World Champion Mark Cavendish fell back, and despite the great efforts of his teammates and in particular Matt Hayman, he was unable to rejoin the favourites. The Cipressa, the penultimate climb, saw no changes, but as so often happens, the Poggio played the deciding role.

Several attacks were made but the key moment came as Nibali and Gerrans attacked close to the summit. Cancellara quickly joined them, and from then on there was little doubt as to the race's outcome. The Swiss rider was unable to drop his companions though, either on the descent or the final flat run-in, and having led most for most of the finale, couldn't summon up the last bit of strength to beat Gerrans.

"We rode as a team all day. The guys were always looking after one another and making sure that Gossy was in the right position at the key moments. Simon had free reign to cover any big moves, and he certainly did. Boys rode super today. I'm very, very proud, " said GreenEdge's Matt White.

A moment of silence

The race started with a minute’s silence for the victims of the coach crash in Switzerland earlier this week.

But the racing began when a group of nine got away 21 kilometers into the race: Cheng Ji (Project 1t4i), Juan Pablo Suarez (Colombia-Coldeportes), Dmitriy Gruzdev (Astana), Angelo Pagani (Colnago-CSF), Vergard Stake Laengen (Team Type 1), Juan Jose Oroz (Euskaltel), Pierpaolo De Negri (Farnese Vini), Michael Mørkøv (Saxo Bank) and Oleg Berdos (UtensilNord). Their advantage ran out to 13 minutes.

With just under 100 kilometers to go, La Manie loomed, and as GreenEdge and Liquigas set the pace, the most notable victim was none other than Cavendish, who fell off the back of the field. Bernhard Eisel worked long and hard to try and bring his Sky teammate back up, while those at the head of the field increased their speed.

A serious crash with about 78 kilometers to go saw Carlos Quintero (Colombia Coldeportes) carried into an ambulance with suspected head injuries.

Eventually a group formed around Cavendish – he was not the only one to suffer – but even that proved futile.

BMC moved to the front and along with Omega Pharma-Quick Step kept the pace high. Philippe Gilbert put in a turn or two at the front, looking very comfortable.

With 60 kilometers to go, the break was caught by the chasing field. Behind them, and some 10 kilometers later, Cavendish called off the chase. He thanked his teammates for their work.

Favourites charge up Cipressa

BMC led the charge up the Cipressa, with Liquigas moving in to help. As they neared the top, the expected attacks came. The first to go was Francisco Javier Villa of UtensilNord-Named, with Vacansoleil's Johnny Hoogerland catching him. They gradually pulled away, causing Liquigas to pick up its speed again.

A crash with 22 kilometers to go took down Philippe Gilbert, amongst others. The Belgian champion was back on his bike again quickly but his chances of victory were over.

Hoogerland led the way on the descent, but the chasers were catching up. By the time they hit the bottom, a group including Tom Boonen, Cancellara and Daniele Oss came up and caught the two escapees.

The favourites all re-grouped on the seven flat kilometers between the Cipressa and the Poggio. Rabobank jumped into the lead with 11 to go, setting a blistering pace as they headed up the climb. Valerio Agnoli of Liquigas jumped out of the field, soon followed by Movistar's Angel Madrazo, as Rabo kept pace.

Madrazo pulled away from Agnoli on the steep, twisting climb. Hoogerland jumped again and Agnoli fell back into the field. Nibali and Gerrans were the next to go and quickly took the lead, with the Italian giving his all. Cancellara joined them, and the three forced a gap as they hit the sharp left hand turn which started the dizzying final descent.

The four-time World time trial champion had a few meters on his companions as they hit the bottom but he didn't pull away, as expected. The trio took a 12 second lead into the final two kilometers, with Katusha leading the furious chase.

Cancellara led out the sprint but Gerrans moved around to the right to take it by a nose, the second Australian victory in a row. A crash in the chasing field within sight of the finish line saw Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Trentin hit the barriers. Peter Sagan (Liquigas) won the sprint of the field, with John Degenkolb of Project 1t4i rounding out the top five.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Gerrans (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team6:59:24 
2Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan  
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:02 
5John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4I  
6Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
7Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team  
8Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
9Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
10Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan  
11Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team  
12Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team0:00:12 
13Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1T4I  
14Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
15Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team0:00:20 
16Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
17Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
18Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
19Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1T4I  
20Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
21Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
22Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
23Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
24Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox  
25Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
26Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
27Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
28Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
29Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
30Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling  
31Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team  
32Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
33George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
34Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
35Francesco Reda (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
36Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team  
37Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
38Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team  
39Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
40Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Greenedge Cycling Team  
41Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
42Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
43Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
44Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox0:00:31 
45Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:05 
46Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Utensilnord Named0:01:24 
47Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
48Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:35 
49Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
50Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
51Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team  
52André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:48 
53Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat  
54Tony Gallopin (Fra) Radioshack-Nissan  
55José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
56Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
57Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
58Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD  
59Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
60Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
61Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
62Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
63Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
64Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
65Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank  
66Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
67Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
68Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda  
69Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:20 
70Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:02:41 
71Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
72Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank  
73Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:44 
74Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank0:03:23 
75Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:03:27 
76Rémi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:03:39 
77William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:04:09 
78Grégory Rast (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan0:04:44 
79Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Radioshack-Nissan  
80Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
81Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda0:05:37 
82Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:07:37 
83Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:07:43 
84Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
85Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
86Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
87Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
88Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale0:09:28 
89Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
90Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
91Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
92Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
93Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
94Baden Cooke (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team  
95Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
96Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
97Juan Pablo Suarez Suarez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
98Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
99Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - Barracuda  
100Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team0:14:39 
101Frederico Rocchetti (Ita) Utensilnord Named0:15:54 
102Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:17:04 
103Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol Team0:20:18 
104Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team  
105Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Barracuda  
106Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
107Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Barracuda  
108Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
109Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda  
110Robert Wagner (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan  
111Hayden Roulston (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan  
112David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Barracuda  
113Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team  
114Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Barracuda  
115Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team  
116Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan  
117Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
118Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team  
119Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
120Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
121Jeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
122Oleg Berdos (Mda) Utensilnord Named  
123Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
124Filippo Baggio (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
125Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
126Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
127Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
128Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
129Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
130Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
131Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team  
132Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
133Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
134Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
135Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
136Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
137Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
138Tom Veelers (Ned) Project 1T4I  
139Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Project 1T4I  
140Cheng Ji (Chn) Project 1T4I  
141Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team  
142Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
143Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
144Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
145Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:23:02 
146Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
147Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox  
148Gianluca Maggiore (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
149Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
DNFStuart O'grady (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team  
DNFTomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Greenedge Cycling Team  
DNFSvein Tuft (Can) Greenedge Cycling Team  
DNFMatthew Wilson (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team  
DNFClaudio Corioni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
DNFCarlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone  
DNFPaolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
DNFFrancesco Ginanni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
DNFDanilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
DNFFabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
DNFEnrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFMaxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFFranck Osorio (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
DNFLuis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
DNFVictor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
DNFCarlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
DNFMarco Canola (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox  
DNFEnrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox  
DNFPaolo Locatelli (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox  
DNFAngelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox  
DNFFilippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox  
DNFJuan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFAmets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFGabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFVladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team  
DNFSimon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team  
DNFAlessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
DNFGrega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD  
DNFDiego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
DNFDavide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
DNFMaciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFPaolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFGreg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team  
DNFMatteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
DNFRoy Curvers (Ned) Project 1T4I  
DNFRoger Kluge (Ger) Project 1T4I  
DNFThomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFMaarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFMark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFBernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling  
DNFMathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling  
DNFJeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFSalvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
DNFIan Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFJonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFDavid Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFGabriele Bosisio (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
DNFMatteo Fedi (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
DNFDaniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFVegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFMartijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  


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