Milan-San Remo 2012

By: Jeremy Jo Mar 18

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The headline of La Gazzetta Della Sport the day before the race said it perfectly: “Milan San Remo, all against Cavendish.” The anticipation was palpable as the first classic approached. Sure there’s Paris-Nice, Tirenno Adriatico, and La Strade Bianche, but there’s nothing quite like a 298 km stroll down the Italian coast to mark the start of the spring cycling season.

MSR is not a true sprinter’s race, taking into account the Cipressa and Poggio, but the long finishing stretch along the Via Roma tends to favor those with an extra kick. We now know that Cav got dropped on Le Manie; Cancellara again had to settle for second, while for the second year in a row, an Australian took home the crown for La Primavera. Debate all you will about the way Gerrans rode the race, but cycling is about tactics as much as power and speed. Looking ahead to the cobbles and the hills of the Ardennes in the coming months—welcome to the 2012 cycling season.



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