101st Milano-Sanremo
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  Posted March 20th, 2010 by Zdenko  in Cycling | One comment

Live Coverage

By Fabio 
1 km to the Cipressa as the riders fight for position as the fireworks start on the approach to Sanremo…   

Boasson-Hagen, Petacchi, Bennati and others fight over the front places of the field as they are about to hit the Cipressa.  No wonder they’re doing that, you cannot win the race on such climb, but you sre can lose it.

16:20 CET- Grabovskyy is being caught. 3km to the Cipressa – just wait for the peleton to shred. Cancellara is making sure he is near the front  Sooo the peloton is back as one again. But it’s the quiet before the storm.

Ladies and gentleman. there comes the Cipressa! Thor Hushvold has been dragged up to the front and Hincapie is ther too

16:23 CET – No significant moves so far in the ascent. Cavendish is present – so are Italy’s Ginanni and Gavazzi.Cav is hanging on, saving his legs and hoping that they might be of help at the right time, just the way they were a dozen months ago.

The peloton is holding back trying to conserve every bit of energy, not surprised at an average of 9%

 Attack!! It must be Kolobnev. Yes, it’s the Team Katusha Russian. Pellizotti and Garzelli counter, so does Cunego Alexander Kolobnev didn’t succeed in his bid to open some gap. Assuming opening a gap for himself was his real aim, of course. It’s eased up a little Cavendish is losing contact, passed by Visconti. Mark Cavendish seems to be struggling off the back of the field.

16:30 CET – 24 kilometres to go. The only big news we were told on the Cipressa is that Mark Cavendish is in poor form. But that’s not much of a surprise.No second win in a row for the Brit, we tend to think …

Liquigas is making the pace with 23.2 km. left.

2.6km to go The race is close to the Cipressa summit, with no real attacks being made. Try again on the Poggio, folks! About 30 riders left on the front, with all main favorites but Cavendish (and Hincapie if you considered him a favourite) inside.  The flat section is about 8km or so which will probably see some consolidation. Expect to see Cavendish rejoin, then lose contact again.

16:33 CET – They’re coming down the Cipressa now, it’s a tough descent. Francesco Ginanni attacked in the descent.  His move could be crucial. The Tuscan opened a little gap along with the three riders who managed to follow him.

Threre’s still a long way (like 19 km) to the finish, but this attempt by Ginanni, Chavanel and a couple more guys is very interesting. Luca Paolini joined the front group. This is a wise move – it’s the time to risk it all.

Wise … and perhaps key move! It made collateral damage on the peloton, that apparently broke into pieces. The peloton has started looking at each other

16:38 CET – The situation stays fluid; now we have like 30 riders in a first, front group, and among them Simon Clarke. FDJ 126 is making a break It’s France’s Yoann Offredo

15km to go –  Ivanov and Chavanel are also giving a shot at breaking clear The riders are shedding rubbish like a bird… We’re not talking much about Cancellara and Freire now, but they’re still there, keeping things under control. Next on the move is Michael Rogers, he can’t get that far either… Gaps are Offredo then 8″ to a chasing group then 34″ to the next.

16:41 CET – The FDJ attacker slightly extended his lead to a dozen seconds. Not that he has any chance to make it to the finish anyway …That’s generous of the others, but the Poggio is going to feel like a wall Attack by Astana… or perhaps just a bit of control-taking.- 2km to the foot of the Poggio.


Final 6.8 km  © 2010 Gazzetta dello Sport

Unlike Cav, Tom Boonen looked in excellent form in the past climbs, so watch out for the Belgian ALSO on the upcoming ascent. Scarponi is up at the front, and so is Petacchi not far back Boonen, Hushovd are rushing to the front as they get close to the ascent. But they’re not getting closer to the french leader: Offredo is still 13″ ahead.

 

1644 CET – 10.8 km to go. Yoann Offredo’s time in the sun is likely to run out as the race meets the next (and last) uphill thingy, But never say never, eh!  Offredo is not to be discounted, and hsi lead has crept up, but I agree that his fate is writ large.

here we are … the Poggio! A domestique of Hushovd drives the bunch over the key ascent. Bernucci, Petacchi, Ginanni quickly takes over on the front. There is a fair bunch ready to take it on. Yoann Offredo was still a dozen seconds clear at the latest check. Garzelli is forcing the pace behind

he Frenchman’s lead is dropping exponentially.  It’s over – good try.  And you gotta blame mostly team Axcqua & Sapone for that. Paolini’s domestiques are doing a good job. The climb hasn’t sorted things out as we thought it might. Daniel Bennati is near the bottom of the pack!But Pettachi is going well.

There’s a strong hedwind blowing on the Poggio, making things harder for any would-be attacker. Garzelli is just managing to tow everyone up the climb – thank’s mate they’ll be saying.

Garzelli keeps dictating the pace, Petacchi stays in the front spots.Freire is climbing well too. Nobody can attack with this pace. There comes an acceleration, courtesy of Michael Rogers.Now, this is having an effect. and Pozzato covers the Belgian’s move. That’s hacked the bunch in half

Rogers couldn’t make the gap for real, but Gilbert isn’t being more successful.

Now the descent – 6km to go – The favourites are there.

1653 CET - Climbs over. Time for the descent into Sanremo.About 15 riders left in the front group. Vincenzo Nibali tries an all-out attack. Thank goodness for dry roads.

With 5k to go. Cancellara is scything through the group – Ginanni, Hushovd and Breschel joined Nibali. The Liqui-guy is taking a lot of risks. Cancellara has to be the strongest of the chasers.  As a good “domestique” of Breschel, Fabian Cancellara slowed down the pace  But that wasn’t much of help to the lead quartet. All of them were caught. All of them but Ginanni.. Nibali has gone again.

1656 CET – Descent over. They’re into Sanremo now. Skirmishes coming again. Pozatto has gone with him
 


Final Kilometer  © 2010 Gazzetta dello Sport
 

1656 CET – Descent over. They’re into Sanremo now. Skirmishes coming again. Pozatto has gone with him.
08:57:19 [mark] The gap is massive
08:57:31 [mark] with 2km to go
08:57:37 [fabs] Pozzato has gone with Nibali, but now he has dropped the Liquigas man.
08:57:51 [mark] It’s not too late for the rest
08:57:55 [fabs] Pippo is on fire, but Liquigas are taking over the chase.
08:57:59 [mark] Pozzato has given up
08:58:36 [fabs] he realized his fight against the lime green & blue army was a lost cause.
08:58:45 [mark] Now its ikm to go
08:58:50 [mark] 1 km
08:59:05 [mark] It’s going to be a real fight to the death
08:59:09 [fabs] 1658 CET – Get ready for the sprint, folks!
08:59:13 [fabs] 500 metres …
08:59:22 [mark] Boonen is there, Bennati is getting the lead out
08:59:30 [mark] Petachhi is watching,
08:59:44 [fabs] Freire takes off and opens the sprint.  He keeps on going and going and — takes another Milan-San Remo win!!
Boonen was pedalling furiously but couldn’t get anywhere near the Spaniard in the Rabobank jersey. That was the third MIlan-San Remo win for Freire.  He seems to win in three-year intervals, having previously won in 2004 and 2007.
It was a huge gap for Freire, several bike lengths. And we have confirmed Boonen second and Petacchi third.

 What an impressive move by Freire!  The others had no chance against him.

09:00:55 [fabs] Did anyone notice the Spaniard in the race before? Nope. Oscar stayed covered basically all race long, and came out at the right time to clinch his THIRD win at Sanremo.
09:01:02 [mark] Can it really be over?
09:02:13 [mark] Oscar raced the perfect race. Nothing spectacular during the day – hardly mentioned as a favorite. The 34 year old made it look casual

 

 Freire made history as he joined a certain Fausto Coppi in the club of MSR three-time winners.

The sprint started quite a long way with Freire carving out a seruosu chunk of daylight back to Tom Boonen In fact at the end it was only Freiere and Boonen gaining ground.

Bennati started his sprint too early instead, while Petacchi was not much of a factor, neither in the early part of the sprint, nor in the end.  “It was not the “average” MSR today, mainly as in the end no teams were really capable of controlling the race” was Paolo Savoldelli’s opinion about this year’s event.

If Freire was the (biggest) winner of course, today’s biggest loser – besides Cavendish, and even more than him – was Edvald Boasson Hagen. He was NEVER a factor today. In the end even Flecha was more active than the Norwegian.

 

Official Results:

1 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                      6:57:28

2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step

3 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini

4 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox

5 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo

6 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team

7 Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli

8 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana

9 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto

10 Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone

11 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank

12 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux

13 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana

14 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team Radioshack

15 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank

16 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux

17 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank

18 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team

19 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram

20 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne

21 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step

22 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team

23 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo

24 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team

25 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC – Columbia

26 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana                                                    0:00:09

27 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team

28 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo

29 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha                                         0:00:18

30 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli                                  0:00:21

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One comment to “101st Milano-Sanremo”

  1. Comment by Niels:

    Great coverage of the (fairly) dull subject for me. Keep up the excellent work!

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