Milan-San Remo

One of my favourite races today. Firstly, the 200 and odd km pan-flat roll out in early spring sun makes for a beautiful introduction to the classics season. Secondly, when the racing does start to get serious, you get that brilliant photo every year of the peloton strung out along the coast. Finally, the finale over the Cipressa and the Poggio makes for an always-exciting run in as attacks come thick and fast.

Admittedly, the decline of the ‘Stars and Watercarriers’ era has meant that more often than not we get a bunch sprint, but there have been some really memorable finishes… Kelly chasing Argentin down the Poggio like a maniac (reprised on one of the Sufferfest’s excellent Turbo videos). Paolo Bettini getting away on the climb and just holding off the sprinters in the Italian champions jersey. Erik Zabel pulling the same face Ron Burgandy pulled when Jack Black drop-kicked his dog off a bridge as Oscar Friere dived under his raised arms… Right down to last year as the mighty chin showed nobody can generate as much power as he over 2km.

Today, I’ve picked out Thor Hushovd to win. He’s developed into more than just a sprinter in the last couple of years and the Cervelo team have done well of late too. Boonen hasn’t really shown a lot since Qatar and Cav won’t get over those climbs with the lead group.

I stand to be corrected though… anyone else got a hot tip? I’ll probably blog it as I watch on telly later on so keep checking back!

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