In a thrilling race, Matej Mohoric was able to stay with the biggest names in the sport on the final Poggio climb, then dropped all of them on the descent, holding onto this gap over the final, flat two kilometers to claim one of the biggest prizes in road cycling.
Heading up the Poggio, Tadej Pogaçar had his UAE teenmates set an infernal pace and by the time the race leaders crested the short climb only a handful could hang on. As they crested the summit, Mohoric slipped quietly through from behind, passing Mathieu Van der Poel, Wout Van Aert, Tadej Pogaçar, Primoz Roglic and those select few.
At first he pulled a bike length, then three, then there was a gap. Mohoric used every millimeter of the road, and a few off the side too. At a couple of points he was in the dirt at the side of the road and had to hop the bike back onto the road to avoid disaster.
Milan-San Remo is one of road cycling’s five monuments: five punishing races that have all been running for over a century. At 293km long this year, Milan-Sanremo is the longest one-day race on the World Tour calendar – this is road cycling’s sacred turf. For an invention born from enduro racing to prove decisive factor here says much for how
In his finish line interview, Mohoric explained his plan:
Olympic mountain bike champion, Tom Pidcock, was expected to be one of the final combatants in this race, but when the peloton reached the final series of climbs he was quickly dropped off the back looking decidedly under the weather.
The Supertuck used to be the best way to get aero on a descent in road cycling but following its ban by the UCI, could we now see dropper posts become more widespread in the peloton?
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