PeloPics: La Classicissima di Primavera, the most beautiful race of the season, Saturday’s Milan-Sanremo was won in fine fashion by a man whose form is on fire – Julian Alaphilippe. Cor Vos had his team on the road to the City of Flowers for the best shots of the day. Here is our Sanremo gallery selection with video.
Peter Sagan at the sign-on – The win on his mind?
The 2019 Milan-Sanremo followed the usual formula – Long break, peloton chase and attacks on the Cipressa and Poggio. But there is so much more to this race. The finalé could have been a World championships where the best riders come to the fore for the battle climax.
Elia Viviani and Matteo Trentin – An Italian win?
Deceuninck – Quick-Step played a perfect game. The Belgian team had a man help control the break and help pull it in, then on the Poggio they kept the speed high. When they saw that their sprinter, Elia Viviani, was not going to make it over the Capi, their work was not wasted as they provided the launch-pad for Alaphilippe’s winning move.
And the 2019 Milan-Sanremo is off
Tricky cobbles and tram lines in Milan
The race worked its way out of town
A sunny day in Milan, but the trees still think it’s winter
UAE team Emirates and Deceuninck – Quick-Step hit the front early
No trains today
The break of the day had four riders from Team Novo Nordisk
Team Novo Nordisk put four riders in the break
No grapes on the vines yet
Not much water in the river as the break passes
The speed was high all day
The peloton has the Capi to look forward to
When the race hit the coast the pace lifted
The TV helicopter was out to follow the action to Sanremo
Flares again on the climbs
More than just flare smoke, looks like a bush caught fire
Niccolo Bonifazio (Direct Energie) dropped like a stone
Deceuninck – Quick-Step kept the speed high – Zdenek Stybar had to grit his teeth
A crash ended Sky’s Salvatore Puccio’s race
Philippe Gilbert was next to rip it up for Julian Alaphilippe
The attacks started – Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First) gave it a go
Alaphilippe made his move
Michal Kwiatkowski was one of the strong men of the day
Matteo Trentin maybe should have waited for the sprint, but he went for a late attack
Clever and fast – Julian Alaphilippe wins 2019 Milano-Sanremo
Another win for the palmarès
A very happy Deceuninck – Quick-Step team
The photog’s scrum for ‘that’ pic
Smiling faces all round – Alaphilippe and in the background Alessandro Tegner, Deceuninck – Quick-Step Marketing and Communication Manager
The podium craziness
Spumante on a Frenchman
Race Highlights by inCycle
# Next up: E3 Harelbeke on Tuesday and Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday – Keep it PEZ. #