The first classic of the season, Milan-Sanremo is always an exciting affair, pitting the top riders against each other in a battle of fitness, tactics and luck. At 291 km (180 miles) Milan-Sanremo is the longest single-day race on the WorldTour calendar. The sheer distance and lumpy finish present problems for the top sprinters while those same elements present opportunities for the escape artists who dream of a solo breakaway.
Heading south from Milan, the course hits the Mediterranean coast and follows it all the way to San Remo. Relatively flat terrain make the first 150 miles relatively straightforward, and there is often an early breakaway that is allowed to go up the road. The final 30 miles have several short climbs that each play a decisive role in the race outcome. Much of the focus is on the Cipressa (5.6km at 4.1 percent) and Poggio (3.7km at 3.7 percent), but there are also the Capo Belle, Capo Cervo and the Capo Berta, which all precede the two more well known climbs. After six-plus hours in the saddle, any climb taxes the legs at an exponential rate.
Cannondale-Drapac allowed TrainingPeaks to take a look at the power from Will Clarke, who got in the day’s main break and kept the field at bay for more than six hours. #GreenArgyle’s director of performance Keith Flory also gave his insights into what it takes to perform well at Milan San Remo and his assessment of Clarke’s big day in the saddle.
Delve into the details, including some impressive numbers, here.