New inland route and six-rider teams expected to shake up Milan-San Remo

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Julian Alaphilippe wins the 2019 Milan-San Remo. Will the 2020 edition move from early August to later in the month?
Julian Alaphilippe took victory at the 2019 edition of the race (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The new inland, hillier Milan-San Remo route and a late decision to reduce teams to just six riders is expected to make the Italian Classic a more selective and aggressive race, reducing the chances of the sprinters who so often dominate in the Via Roma finish.

Angered and embarrassed by the late route change, race director Mauro Vegni has hinted the La Classicissima may never return to the Ligurian coast. 

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.