"If there had been the Poggio back then, they wouldn't have seen me until the finish!" So says Brian Robinson, who in 1957, became the first English-speaker to stand on the podium of the Primavera. But for the cycling politics of the time, Robinson might well have pre-dated Tom Simpson as the first Englishman to win this legendary race, but let's go back to '57 and hear it from Brian.
... to what makes this great race so great, was my original title for this story, written on the eve of my first trip to San Remo to view La Primavera live. It was a spiritual journey, and this report was my humble attempt to put that into pictures and words.
PEZ's Nick O’Brien was live and in-color at the 96th la Primavera - Milan-Sanremo 2005. Now over 100 years old, the race has changed with modern times, but as Nick discovered while riding the final “capi”, dueling mano-a-mano for sprint-line glory with a roadside adversary never gets old.
The opening riding days of the "Giro della Gazzetta" - the first Velo Classic Tours & Pez cycling trip this May starts with two days riding the final 175km of the monumental Milan-San Remo corsa. After a day watching the Giro final stage in Milan, we leave the Lombard plain and cross the coastal mountains. Smelling the sea-salt air of the Mediterranean for the first time is an amazing experience.