Milan-Sanremo

Cycling

ByTheMinCycle

Good afternoon! It's me, Robyn, and I'll be live reporting Milan-San Remo.

The 2017 edition saw a fierce battle between Sagan, Kwiatkowski and Alaphilippe on the line after breaking away up the Poggio. There’s been a heated build up to the 2018 race, with exchanges between Sagan and Kwiatkowski seeming less than sweet. Will they do battle again?

So far, the route has been extended by a few kilometres for a road diversion, making the route 294km, with 2 feed zones for the long race. At the start, conditions were less than ideal for some for the 109th edition, with heavy rain greeting the riders on the start line.

"At the end of the day, we have to think positive. I hope there is better weather, but the weather is the same for everyone. Let's try and keep moral high until it stops raining." - Kwiatkowski, Team Sky, winner of the 2017 edition.

9 riders made the break today; those being Maestri (BRD), Kobernyak (GAZ), Van Winden (ICA), Rota (BRD), Sagiv (ICA), Hatsuyama (NIP), Planet (TNN), Mosca (WIL) and Bono (UAD). The break have a gap of 5'30", with Sky helping lead the peloton. 114km to go.

What's happened so far? The riders scaled the Passo del Turchino. A memorable climb in history - in which Fausto Coppi managed to distance the peloton for a tremendous win, stopping for coffee just before the finish line, ahead of second placed Teisseire by 14 minutes. Could we see a repeat of this? I highly imagine not, but expect a lot of attacks - especially with the Poggio still to come.

"I'm going to ride how I want. I always want to give my best in the race. That's my style." - Peter Sagan, Bora, runner-up in 2017.

Here is the route for the 2018 edition. Being relatively flat and quite long, don't count anyone out just yet. A sprinter? A breakaway rider? A time trial specialist? Only time will tell...

A crash in the first feed zone has seen Team Sky's Wisniowski forced to abandon.

Speaking of Team Sky, Luke Rowe is once again back on the start line. He's made a remarkable comeback from shattering his leg in 20 places last August; we saw him make his comeback at Abu-Dhabi last month.

Rupert Bettison

It is great to see him back racing at the highest level so early in the season