Milan-San Remo may take place on August 8 after all

Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Julian Alaphilippe attacks on the climb of the Poggio at the 2019 Milan-San Remo. The Frenchman would eventually win the Italian Monument in a reduced-bunch sprint
Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Julian Alaphilippe attacks on the climb of the Poggio at the 2019 Milan-San Remo. The Frenchman would eventually win the Italian Monument in a reduced-bunch sprint (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The ongoing debate about rescheduled calendar slots for cycling's most important races, forced by the coronavirus pandemic, could be resolved on Friday. Milan-San Remo, in particular, which was originally rescheduled for August 8, has been subject to various possible date options, with August 22 and August 15 both having been proposed as possible alternatives for the race, but La Classicissima – which normally takes place in March – may now be held on August 8 after all.

Race organisers RCS Sport had requested that Milan-San Remo be moved to August 22 – a week before the start of the rescheduled Tour de France. A number of professional teams supported the later date because it would have meant only a one-hour drive from San Remo to the Tour de France Grand Départ in Nice, reducing travel time and distance for riders during the current, and likely ongoing, health situation, without the need to travel elsewhere in the interim.

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