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Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious) won 2022 Milan-San Remo from a solo attack on the descent of the Poggio with 4.4 kilometres to go. Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies) followed across the line on Via Roma two seconds later for second place, while Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) was the best of the other six riders in a small chasing group for third.
Milan-San Remo, the longest race of the year at 293 kilometres, saw a breakaway of eight riders who stayed away for more than 250km of the race, the composition of the break: Yevgeniy Gidich and Artyom Zakharov (Astana Qazaqstan Team), Alessandro Tonellli (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), Filippo Tagliano, Ricardo Alejandro Zurita (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli), Samuele Rivi and Diego Pablo Sevilla (EOLO-Kometa), and Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal).
The final two rides, Tonelli and Rivi, were caught on the Poggio with 8.5km to go, and the peloton had been reduced to just under 30 riders after UAE Team Emirates and Jumbo-Visma had blown the race apart on the Cipressa.
There were multiple attacks from Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) on the Poggio, but it was Mohorič who took care of business on the descent.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain Victorious||6:27:49|
|2||Anthony Turgis (Fra) TotalEnergies||0:00:02|
|3||Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix|
|4||Michael Matthews (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco|
|5||Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates|
|6||Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo|
|7||Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team DSM|
|8||Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma|
|9||Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious||0:00:05|
|10||Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ||0:00:11|
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2022 Milan-San Remo route
The first Monument of the 2022 season represents a welcome return to normalcy after two seasons of pandemic-related changes.
Not only is the 112th edition safely in its usual March position, it sees the return of the Turchino Pass after it being excluded due to landslides and repairs in the past two years. After that symbolic climb, the race drops down to hug the Ligurian coast - left off the route in the summer edition of 2020 - as it makes its way towards San Remo.
The Tre Capi trio of inland climbs signal the start of the softening-up process with 60km to go, before the longer ascent of the Cipressa sees the race really intensify. But that's nothing compared to the late ascent of the Poggio, which balances the race on a knife-edge.
Teams for Milan-San Remo 2022
- AG2R Citroen Team
- Astana Qazaqstan Team
- Bahrain Victorious
- Bardiani CSF Faizane'
- Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli
- EF Education-EasyPost
- Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
- Ineos Grenadiers
- Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
- Israel-Premier Tech
- Lotto Soudal
- Movistar Team
- Team Arkéa-Samsic
- Team DSM
- UAE Team Emirates
- Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)
The Belgian champion won this race in 2020 and is in absolutely flying form. He is the most versatile rider in the world, able to win bunch sprints, time trials, punchy stages, and even high-mountain stages. As such, Van Aert is a Swiss-army knife with a tool for every one of Milan-San Remo's myriad possibilities.
There is a slight question mark over his top-end finishing speed after a couple of beatings in Paris-Nice sprints, but his climbing performances there were staggering. Even if a little edge has been trimmed off his speed, he has strength, endurance, and form in abundance, which, after 300km, should more than make up for it.
With a total length of over 300km, Milan-San Remo has been described as an exercise in energy conservation. As such, aero is everything.
Most riders can easily finish Milan-San Remo but to win, you need to have enough fire in the legs for the Poggio and the Via Roma. In that respect, every watt counts, and cheating the wind is paramount. Riders will undoubtedly be on their most aerodynamic bikes, with deep-section aero rims and integrated handlebars, and the main contenders will be kitted out in skinsuits rather than shorts-and-jersey.
Milan-San Remo history
The idea of having a race between Milan and the Ligurian coastal town of Sanremo came about at a time when racing from city to city was a popular contest, and the Unione Sportiva Sanremese first put the challenge to the people as an amateur event in 1906. Gazzetta dello Sport took on the organisation of it the next year for its first official edition as a professional race.
Lucien Petit-Breton won the first edition of Milan-San Remo in 1906. Luigi Ganna gave Italy its first victory in 1906. After World War I, it was the era of Costante Girardengo, who amassed six victories and 11 podium placings from 1917 to 1928.
Other greats to win the race include Alfredo Binda, Gino Bartali, and Fausto Coppi. Tom Simpson was the first British Milan-San Remo winner in 1963 before Eddy Merckx began his era of domination, taking seven titles. Classics greats Roger De Vlaeminck, Sean Kelly, Laurent Jalabert, Andre Tchmil, and Fabian Cancellara as well as top sprinters like Erik Zabel, Oscar Freire, Mario Cipollini, and Mark Cavendish have all made their mark on the race.
What happened in 2021?
Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) won a thrilling 2021 edition with a spirited attack 2km from the finish. The move caught out favourites Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) won the sprint for second just ahead of Van Aert.
Milan-San Remo statistics
Most wins: Eddy Merckx - seven (1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976)
Most recent multi-time winner: Oscar Freire (2004, 2007, 2010)
Most successful nation: Italy with 51 wins, with Belgium a distant second on 22.
Bunch sprints vs solos and small groups: The last full bunch sprint was in 2016, won by Arnaud Démare. In the past five editions, three have been settled from small groups, while two have been won by solo riders (Vincenzo Nibali in 2018 and Jasper Stuyven in 2021).
Youngest winner: Ugo Agostoni, 20, in 1914
Oldest winner: Andrei Tchmil, 36, in 1999
Fastest edition: 45.806km/h in 1990, won by Gianni Bugno.
Milan-San Remo 202219 March 2022 | Sanremo | WorldTour
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