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Milan-San Remo: Iconic images

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Two common features of the race, Boonen and the Poggio

Two common features of the race, Boonen and the Poggio
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Philippe Gilbert and Filippo Pozzato battle it out in 2010

Philippe Gilbert and Filippo Pozzato battle it out in 2010
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1990 winner Gianni Bugno (Chateau d'Ax-Salotti)

1990 winner Gianni Bugno (Chateau d'Ax-Salotti)
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Eddy Merckx was only a spectator in 1986

Eddy Merckx was only a spectator in 1986
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Marc Madiot in his racing days

Marc Madiot in his racing days
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Sean Kelly wins the 1986 Milan-San Remo

Sean Kelly wins the 1986 Milan-San Remo
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Italian champion Bruno Leali awaits the start of the 1988 edition of Milan-San Remo

Italian champion Bruno Leali awaits the start of the 1988 edition of Milan-San Remo
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Laurent Fignon has just won his first Milan-San Remo in 1988.

Laurent Fignon has just won his first Milan-San Remo in 1988.
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Only 'Cipo' could pull off riding a rainbow bike

Only 'Cipo' could pull off riding a rainbow bike
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The 89th edition went to serial winner Erik Zabel

The 89th edition went to serial winner Erik Zabel
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Raymond Poulidor was 52nd at the 1962 edition of the race

Raymond Poulidor was 52nd at the 1962 edition of the race
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A very handy mudguard at the 2013 race

A very handy mudguard at the 2013 race
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The fog and mist of Italy's coast

The fog and mist of Italy's coast
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David Millar in the British national champion's jersey in 2008

David Millar in the British national champion's jersey in 2008
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Fabian Cancellara has won San Remo just once, in 2008

Fabian Cancellara has won San Remo just once, in 2008
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Philippe Gilbert in his FDJ days

Philippe Gilbert in his FDJ days
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Pozzato and Cipollini in 2006

Pozzato and Cipollini in 2006
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2007 Milan-San Remo podium of Allan Davis (2nd), Oscar Freire (1st) and Tom Boonen (3rd)

2007 Milan-San Remo podium of Allan Davis (2nd), Oscar Freire (1st) and Tom Boonen (3rd)
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Oscar Freire wins his second San Remo

Oscar Freire wins his second San Remo
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Frank Schleck makes an attack during 97th edition

Frank Schleck makes an attack during 97th edition
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Quick Step-Innergetic teammates Pozzatto and Boonen celebrate the Italian's win in 2006

Quick Step-Innergetic teammates Pozzatto and Boonen celebrate the Italian's win in 2006
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The 2005 champion Alessandro Petacchi with Danilo Hondo and Thor Hushovd

The 2005 champion Alessandro Petacchi with Danilo Hondo and Thor Hushovd
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The 'Lion King' Mario Cipollini wins in 2002

The 'Lion King' Mario Cipollini wins in 2002
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The 2004 podium of Stuart O'Grady, Oscar Freire and Erik Zabel

The 2004 podium of Stuart O'Grady, Oscar Freire and Erik Zabel
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Erik Zabel celebrates his 2001 San Remo victory

Erik Zabel celebrates his 2001 San Remo victory
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Andy Schleck at the 101st Milan-San Remo

Andy Schleck at the 101st Milan-San Remo
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Matt Goss (HTC) claims the biggest win of his career

Matt Goss (HTC) claims the biggest win of his career
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Matt Goss beats Fabian Cancellara and Philippe Gilbert in 2011

Matt Goss beats Fabian Cancellara and Philippe Gilbert in 2011
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Philippe Gilbert (BMC) this time in his Belgian national champion's jersey

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) this time in his Belgian national champion's jersey
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Riders were forced to contend with horrible weather during the 2013 edition of Milan-San Remo

Riders were forced to contend with horrible weather during the 2013 edition of Milan-San Remo
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Gerald Ciolek (MTN Qhubeka) was a surprise winner in 2013

Gerald Ciolek (MTN Qhubeka) was a surprise winner in 2013
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World champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC)

World champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC)
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Riders enjoyed a brief respite from the cold in team buses

Riders enjoyed a brief respite from the cold in team buses
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A rainbow makes a brief appearance during the snowstorm

A rainbow makes a brief appearance during the snowstorm
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The 2013 San Remo podium (L-R): Peter Sagan, Gerald Ciolek and Fabian Cancellara

The 2013 San Remo podium (L-R): Peter Sagan, Gerald Ciolek and Fabian Cancellara
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The snow in full force

The snow in full force
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The dissapointment was evident on the faces of Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara

The dissapointment was evident on the faces of Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara
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The 2012 Milan-San Remo podium of Fabian Cancellara, Simon Gerrans and Vincenzo Nibali

The 2012 Milan-San Remo podium of Fabian Cancellara, Simon Gerrans and Vincenzo Nibali
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Matt Goss became the first Australian to win Milan-San Remo in 2011

Matt Goss became the first Australian to win Milan-San Remo in 2011
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Steve Chainel (FDJ) covered in blood after crashing in 2011

Steve Chainel (FDJ) covered in blood after crashing in 2011
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World Champion Thor Hushovd signs on 2011

World Champion Thor Hushovd signs on 2011
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Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge) rode a tactical race to win in 2012

Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge) rode a tactical race to win in 2012
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The winning break of Fabian Cancellara, Simon Gerrans and Vincenzo Nibali in 2012 get close the camera

The winning break of Fabian Cancellara, Simon Gerrans and Vincenzo Nibali in 2012 get close the camera
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The 1954 peloton rolls out of Milan

The 1954 peloton rolls out of Milan
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The riders climb the Poggio in 1985

The riders climb the Poggio in 1985
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Hennie Kuiper on the podium in 1985

Hennie Kuiper on the podium in 1985
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Giuseppe Saronni gets quizzed by the press at the finish

Giuseppe Saronni gets quizzed by the press at the finish
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Greg LeMond in the shadows of the Milan Duomo before the start of the 1988 race

Greg LeMond in the shadows of the Milan Duomo before the start of the 1988 race
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Denmark's Rolf Sørensen and some Ariostea teammates before the start in 1988

Denmark's Rolf Sørensen and some Ariostea teammates before the start in 1988
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Sean Kelly before the start

Sean Kelly before the start
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The 1988 peloton on the flat roads of the Lombardy plain

The 1988 peloton on the flat roads of the Lombardy plain
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A crash on the finish line took out Laurent Jalabert as Erik Zabel won the sprint ahead of Alberto Elli

A crash on the finish line took out Laurent Jalabert as Erik Zabel won the sprint ahead of Alberto Elli
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Hennie Kuiper wins alone in 1985

Hennie Kuiper wins alone in 1985
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Laurent Fignon on the winner's podium

Laurent Fignon on the winner's podium
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Erik Zabel celebrates his third win

Erik Zabel celebrates his third win
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Belgium's Rik Van Steenbergen won in 1954

Belgium's Rik Van Steenbergen won in 1954
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Andrei Tchmil wins with a late attack in 1999

Andrei Tchmil wins with a late attack in 1999
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Fausto Coppi won Milan-San Remo in 1946, 1948 and 1949

Fausto Coppi won Milan-San Remo in 1946, 1948 and 1949
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Oscar Freire took his third victory in 2010

Oscar Freire took his third victory in 2010
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Fabian Cancellara won with a lone, late attack in 2008

Fabian Cancellara won with a lone, late attack in 2008
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Oscar Freire beats Erik Zabel with a late lunge at the line in 2004

Oscar Freire beats Erik Zabel with a late lunge at the line in 2004
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Claudio Chiappucci wins alone in 1991

Claudio Chiappucci wins alone in 1991
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Moreno Argentin and then world champion Maurizio Fondriest shake hands before the start of a wet 1989 Milan-San Remo

Moreno Argentin and then world champion Maurizio Fondriest shake hands before the start of a wet 1989 Milan-San Remo
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Laurent Fignon wins his second consecutive Milan-San Remo

Laurent Fignon wins his second consecutive Milan-San Remo
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Maurizio Fondriest wins alone in 1993

Maurizio Fondriest wins alone in 1993
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Fondriest accepts defeat after Laurent Jalabert outsprints him in 1995

Fondriest accepts defeat after Laurent Jalabert outsprints him in 1995
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Paolo Bettini wins Milan-San Remo in 2003, defeating Mirko Celestino

Paolo Bettini wins Milan-San Remo in 2003, defeating Mirko Celestino
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Positioning on the descents of the Cipressa and Poggio is vital

Positioning on the descents of the Cipressa and Poggio is vital
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2009 MIlan-San Remo podium (L-R): Heinrich Haussler, 2nd; Mark Cavendish, 1st; Thor Hushovd, 3rd

2009 MIlan-San Remo podium (L-R): Heinrich Haussler, 2nd; Mark Cavendish, 1st; Thor Hushovd, 3rd
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Mark Cavendish beat Heinrich Haussler on the line

Mark Cavendish beat Heinrich Haussler on the line
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Haussler went early but Cavendish surged up to him

Haussler went early but Cavendish surged up to him
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Cavendish celebrates his first victory with 'Mr San Remo' and four-time winner Erik Zabel

Cavendish celebrates his first victory with 'Mr San Remo' and four-time winner Erik Zabel
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Filippo Pozzato holds off the sprinters in the Via Roma to win in 2006

Filippo Pozzato holds off the sprinters in the Via Roma to win in 2006
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Sean Kelly beats Moreno Argentin to win in 1992

Sean Kelly beats Moreno Argentin to win in 1992
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The Milan-San Remo podium: Tom Boonen (Quick Step), Oscar Freire (Rabobank) and Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese Vini)

The Milan-San Remo podium: Tom Boonen (Quick Step), Oscar Freire (Rabobank) and Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese Vini)
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No time to enjoy the scenery for the Milan-San Remo peloton

No time to enjoy the scenery for the Milan-San Remo peloton
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Descending the Poggio in a long line

Descending the Poggio in a long line
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Paolo Bettini attacked on the Cipressa dragging Lövkvist with him.

Paolo Bettini attacked on the Cipressa dragging Lövkvist with him.
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Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo)

Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo)
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The Milan-San Remo peloton

The Milan-San Remo peloton
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The bunch hit the coast and hit the pedal

The bunch hit the coast and hit the pedal
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Filippo Pozzato (Quick.Step) kisses the Sanremo trophy

Filippo Pozzato (Quick.Step) kisses the Sanremo trophy
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Marco Pantani, Bjarne Riis and Mario Cipollini at the 1997 Milan-San Remo classic - won that year by Erik Zabel

Marco Pantani, Bjarne Riis and Mario Cipollini at the 1997 Milan-San Remo classic - won that year by Erik Zabel
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Marco Pantani attacked on the Cipressa during the 1999 edition of Milano-Sanremo

Marco Pantani attacked on the Cipressa during the 1999 edition of Milano-Sanremo
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Arnaud Demare (FDJ) can't believe he's won Milan-Sanremo

Arnaud Demare (FDJ) can't believe he's won Milan-Sanremo
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) on the attack

Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) on the attack
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Fans lit flares to torture the riders

Fans lit flares to torture the riders
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Milan-San Remo is the first of the five so-called 'Monuments,' or great Classics of the season and always produces some of the most iconic photographs.

We've trawled our photographers' archives to find some of the best shots from memorable editions of La Classicissima and revisited more recent victories by the likes of Fabian Cancellara, Mark Cavendish and Oscar Freire and last year's race won by Arnaud Demare.

Milan-San Remo is often dominated by the sprinters but lone victories also stand out in the long list of prestigious winners.

The late Laurent Fignon won back-to-back editions of the race in 1988 and 1989, the second coming after dropping Dutchman Frans Maassen on the descent of the Poggio. Claudio Chiappucci's lone victory in 1991 is also a classic after he was part of an attack that formed on the Turchino, 150km from the finish.

Erik Zabel was nicknamed 'Mr San Remo' during his career because he won it four times on the legendary Via Roma finish. He also finished second on two occasions and in 2004 was beaten by Oscar Freire after raising his arms in celebration before crossing the line.

Fabian Cancellara was the last rider to win alone after accelerating away after the descent of the Poggio, while Mark Cavendish produced one of the greatest sprints ever seen at Milan-San Remo to win in 2009. In 2010 Oscar Freire won his third Milan-San Remo with a perfect sprint that distanced Tom Boonen and Alessandro Petacchi and was followed by two Australian wins as first Matt Goss (HTC) and then Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) tasted victory.

Enjoy the photo gallery by clicking or swiping through the images above and relive some of the most memorable images of the sport.