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Mar 18, 2015 – What do most pro-racers associate with Milan-Sanremo? Usually pain, wet, cold, speed, and for very few, a memory to last a lifetime. Our photographer Yuzuru Sunada has been at the last several editions of the race, and here you can have a look into the spring classic from 2011-2014.
Peloton Magazine/Yuzuru Sunada
It turns out mother nature is a huge fan of the race, she actually has been planning all year for it. Disappointed in the 2013 edition when the race was stopped and the route was shortened on the day, mother nature has decided that she will ease off on the frost and instead pack much more water onto the race. Besides, what is she supposed to watch? She really doesn’t want to watch the sprinters of “the sprinters classic” fighting for the win, first by fighting for a classic Cancellara leadout.
Here is what the weather looks like, you can see, that mother nature has specifically organized the weather to be as bad as possible for the event, raining on the eve before to clean the roads off, then pouring on the water precisely for the start.
7-Day Forecast, Saturday and Sunday have it coming
Over the last six years, we have watched Cancellara come to the line each time, but to no avail. Will Spartacus have a lucky number seven in Italy this year? We don’t know. But, we can speculate that the Spartan, who has come off a fresh win this week at Tirreno-Adriatico in the 20km ITT on Stage 7, will have some undeniable confidence and form for Sunday.
As the sprinters classic, well, we will let these videos do the talking on who you might expect to cross the line in Italy as well. But, the team in the race with extra prowess, you could place some bets on MTN-Qhubeka, with Ciolek, Goss, Boasson Hagen, Bos, Farrar, and perhaps a breakaway with Steve Cummings to take the win. But we all love flavor, so place your bets on the other superstars: Sagan, Cavendish, Cancellara, Kwaitkowski, Griepel, Degenkolb, Matthews, Lobato, Stybar, Gilbert, Kristoff, Bouhanni, Guardini, Swift, Demare, and whoever else could possibly have the ride of a lifetime.
Milan-Sanremo 2014 Finish
Milan-Sanremo 2013 Finish
Milan-Sanremo 2012 Finish
Milan-Sanremo 2011 Finish