Breaking down the key points and what we can take away from the first Monument of the season, as well as what it all means for the big one-day races looming in the weeks to come.
In Milano-Sanremo, Mathieu van der Poel wedged open a slight gap on an elite front group containing Tadej Pogačar, Filippo Ganna, and Wout van Aert. After a scorching-fast ascent of the Poggio, he extend a gap into a comfortable race-winning margin to take his third career Monument victory in the fan-packed streets of Sanremo.
Mar 20, 2023: Mathieu van der Poel finished off Milano-Sanremo with aplomb, he also emulated his grandfather and set a record time for the Poggio. Milano-Sanremo, Trofeo Binda, GP Denain and Koksijde Classic. Adrie thought Sanremo was Mathieu's strongest performances ever, Kuiper happy with successor. Team news and roadside film of Van der Poel's big attack.
RACE REPORT: The first monument of the season, the longest one-day race of the year and the winner is Mathieu van der Poel. With a massive jump at the top Poggio, the Dutchman dropped like a stone and couldn't be caught. Filippo Ganna out-sprinted Wout van Aert and Tadej Pogačar.
Mar 16, 2023: The first Monument is this Saturday - Milano-Sanremo. Team line-ups and all the talk. Race reports from Nokere Koerse and Milano-Torino. Prudhomme wants Evenepoel in the Tour. Rider news from Milano-Sanremo. Ayuso, Bernal, Evenepoel, Tiberi and Kwiatkowski. Team news and race news.
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Milan–Sanremo, 'La Primavera', 'The Spring classic' or 'La Classicissima', the longest professional one-day and the first major classic race of the season is the Queen of the Monuments. It's also considered one of the most prestigious one-day events in cycling. Here is the history, route and who to look for on Saturday.