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Milan-San Remo from behind the lens

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In a race 300km long, there are going to be a few pit stops.

In a race 300km long, there are going to be a few pit stops. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The ability to focus, especially on the descents, is crucial.

The ability to focus, especially on the descents, is crucial. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Team Sky at the back of the long, single file peloton

Team Sky at the back of the long, single file peloton (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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One has to balance nutrition with controlling the bike.

One has to balance nutrition with controlling the bike. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) makes a trip back to the team car. Conserving effort in the first 250km is critical

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) makes a trip back to the team car. Conserving effort in the first 250km is critical (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Maxime Bouet (AG2R) goes on the attack late in the race.

Maxime Bouet (AG2R) goes on the attack late in the race. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Dmytro Grabovskyy (ISD-Neri) countered Bouet's move and got clear for a time.

Dmytro Grabovskyy (ISD-Neri) countered Bouet's move and got clear for a time. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) tries to draw out a move in the final 20km

Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) tries to draw out a move in the final 20km (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Yohann Offredo (Francaise des Jeux) throws in an attack at the end of the race.

Yohann Offredo (Francaise des Jeux) throws in an attack at the end of the race. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Stefano Garzelli slays himself for teammate Luca Paolini.

Stefano Garzelli slays himself for teammate Luca Paolini. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) puts in a dig, but gets nowhere.

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) puts in a dig, but gets nowhere. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) lays his cards on the table and goes all in.

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) lays his cards on the table and goes all in. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The descents are sometimes tricky and steep.

The descents are sometimes tricky and steep. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Greg Van Avermaet (Omega Pharma-Lotto) is red-faced from the effort on the climb.

Greg Van Avermaet (Omega Pharma-Lotto) is red-faced from the effort on the climb. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The descents stretch the peloton into a long, thin line.

The descents stretch the peloton into a long, thin line. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Mick Rogers (HTC-Columbia) has a go at attacking.

Mick Rogers (HTC-Columbia) has a go at attacking. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Francesco Ginanni (Diquigiovanni)

Francesco Ginanni (Diquigiovanni) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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George Hincapie (BMC) looking a bit shell shocked after the race.

George Hincapie (BMC) looking a bit shell shocked after the race. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) layered in road grime after a tough race.

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) layered in road grime after a tough race. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Oscar Freire's age doesn't stop him from winning another Milan-San Remo.

Oscar Freire's age doesn't stop him from winning another Milan-San Remo. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Freire brings his son up onto the podium to enjoy the view.

Freire brings his son up onto the podium to enjoy the view. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) was led out perfectly but faded to fourth.

Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) was led out perfectly but faded to fourth. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) a bit disappointed after taking third.

Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) a bit disappointed after taking third. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Eddy Ratti (Carmiooro NGC) leads the early breakaway.

Eddy Ratti (Carmiooro NGC) leads the early breakaway. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Eating enough food is of the utmost importance.

Eating enough food is of the utmost importance. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish, the defending champion, had a crash.

Mark Cavendish, the defending champion, had a crash. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Brent Bookwalter (BMC) also hit the deck.

Brent Bookwalter (BMC) also hit the deck. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The view from the back of the peloton.

The view from the back of the peloton. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The scenery in Milan-San Remo is unparalleled.

The scenery in Milan-San Remo is unparalleled. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Oscar Freire takes his third Milan-San Remo title.

Oscar Freire takes his third Milan-San Remo title. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) goes for broke on the final kilometres.

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) goes for broke on the final kilometres. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

The 2010 edition of Milan-San Remo seemed rather ordinary if one just looks at the results: Oscar Freire won his third title ahead of heavy favourite Tom Boonen and former champion Alessandro Petacchi. But when a race covers nearly 300km and seven hours of racing, there is plenty which goes on behind the scenes which doesn't get captured in the results.

Fortunately, our Italian photographers Roberto Bettini and Fotoreporter Sirotti were in the race for most of the day and caught some of the ups and downs of the event along the way.

We hope you enjoy this gallery of some of our favourite photos from this year's Milan-San Remo.

Stefano Garzelli slays himself for teammate Luca Paolini. Photo: Sirotti

The scenery is unparalleled. Photo: Bettini

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) makes a trip back to the team car. Conserving effort in the first 250km is critical. Photo: Sirotti

Eddy Ratti (Carmiooro NGC) leads the early breakaway. Photo: Bettini

Team Sky at the back of the long, single file peloton. Photo: Sirotti

In a race 300km long, there are going to be a few pit stops. Photo: Bettini

The view from the back of the peloton. Photo Bettini

The descents are sometimes tricky and steep. Photo: Sirotti

One has to balance nutrition with controlling the bike. Photo: Sirotti

The ability to focus, especially on the descents, is crucial. Photo: Sirotti

Mark Cavendish, the defending champion, had a crash. Photo: Bettini

Brent Bookwalter (BMC) also hit the deck. Photo: Betttini

Eating enough food is of the utmost importance. Photo: Betttini

The descents stretch the peloton into a long, thin line. Photo: Sirotti

Francesco Ginanni (Diquigiovanni)Photo: Bettini

Mick Rogers (HTC-Columbia) has a go at attacking. Photo: Sirotti

Greg Van Avermaet (Omega Pharma-Lotto) is red-faced from the effort on the climb. Photo Sirotti

Yohann Offredo (Francaise des Jeux) throws in an attack at the end of the race. Photo: Sirotti

Stefano Garzelli slays himself for teammate Luca Paolini. Photo: Sirotti

Maxime Bouet (AG2R) goes on the attack late in the race. Photo: Sirotti

Dmytro Grabovskyy (ISD-Neri) countered Bouet's move and got clear for a time. Photo: Sirotti

Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) tries to draw out a move in the final 20km. Photo: Sirotti

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) puts in a dig, but gets nowhere. Photo: Sirotti

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) goes for broke on the final kilometres. Photo: Sirotti

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) lays his cards on the table and goes all in. Photo: Sirotti

Oscar Freire's age doesn't stop him from winning another Milan-San Remo. Photo: Betttini

Oscar Freire takes his third Milan-San Remo title. Photo: Bettini

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) layered in road grime after a tough race. Photo: Bettini

Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) was led out perfectly but faded to fourth. Photo: Bettini

George Hincapie (BMC) looking a bit shell shocked after the race. Photo: Betttini

Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) a bit disappointed after taking third. Photo: Bettini

Freire brings his son up onto the podium to enjoy the view. Photo: Bettini

View the rest of the gallery of the race.