10 ways to win Milan-San Remo

Andrei Tchmil wins on the Via Roma in 1999.
Andrei Tchmil wins on the Via Roma in 1999. (Image credit: Sirotti)

Mathieu van der Poel and Tadej Pogačar are dominating the headlines ahead of the 2024 Milan-San Remo, but the longest Classic of them all also boasts the widest list of potential winners. Timing is as important as strength in the breathless finale on the Riviera.

Like grunge music and beat poetry, Milan-San Remo is seemingly easy to ride but exceedingly difficult to master. The opening Monument of the year offers a challenge quite unlike any other in cycling: the obvious obstacles are hardly insurmountable yet the pitfalls are constant. The white knuckle drama of the final 20 kilometres lends to the perception that La Primavera is a straightforward shoot-out between attackers and sprinters, but such a description does scant justice to the subtlety of the race.

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