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Gallery: On the start line at Milan-San Remo

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Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)
(Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Heinrich Haussler's race bike

Heinrich Haussler's race bike
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
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Former race winner Gerald Ciolek (MTN - Qhubeka)

Former race winner Gerald Ciolek (MTN - Qhubeka)
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André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)

André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
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On the startline of Milan-San Remo

On the startline of Milan-San Remo
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Michał Kwiatkowski (Etixx QuickStep)

Michał Kwiatkowski (Etixx QuickStep)
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Peter Sagan Tinkoff Saxo)

Peter Sagan Tinkoff Saxo)
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Mark Cavendish (Etixx QuickStep)

Mark Cavendish (Etixx QuickStep)
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)
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Mark Cavendish (Team Etixx - Quick Step)

Mark Cavendish (Team Etixx - Quick Step)
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Nacer Bouhanni has had a slow start to the season

Nacer Bouhanni has had a slow start to the season
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Last minute changes outside the Team Sky bus

Last minute changes outside the Team Sky bus
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Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge)

Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge)
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Michael Matthews's race bike for Milan-San Remo

Michael Matthews's race bike for Milan-San Remo
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Alexander Kristoff's Canyon race bike

Alexander Kristoff's Canyon race bike
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Peter Sagan rides to the start

Peter Sagan rides to the start
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The Tinkoff Saxo line-up for Milan-San Remo

The Tinkoff Saxo line-up for Milan-San Remo
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Ian Stannard (Team Sky)

Ian Stannard (Team Sky)
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John Degenkolb (Giant - Alpecin)

John Degenkolb (Giant - Alpecin)
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Wet and rainy conditions greeted the peloton at the start of Milan-San Remo on Sunday morning but despite the gloomy skies the air was thick with anticipation and excitement with the start of the Spring Classics well and truly underway.

And the peloton was awash with one-day stars with no fewer than six former Milan-San Remo winners lining up. Among them were defending champions Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) and Mark Cavendish (Etixx QuickStep) with both men hoping for a bunch sprint after the near 300-kilometer effort.

2008 winner Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) has been finidng his form in recent weeks and unlike the pure sprinters, the Swiss rider has number of cards he can play before the finish on Via Roma.

While Peter Sagan and Michael Matthews have not made the top step of the podium in the race both have chances of breaking their duck. Sagan is a perennial race favourite for almost any one-day race he lines up for, while Matthews comes into the race on the back of a stage win and the Points jersey from Paris-Nice.

You can follow the complete race action, right here.