Skip to main content

Milan-San Remo from behind the lens

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.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

after your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1