The Cycling Race News Show: Milan Sanremo, Trofeo Alfredo Binda And Tirreno Adriatico

The Cycling Race News Show: Milan Sanremo, Trofeo Alfredo Binda And Tirreno Adriatico


This week, it’s the first of the monuments, with an absolutely thrilling finale to Saturday’s Milan Sanremo. Tirreno Adriatico wraps up and the Women’s WorldTour continues in Italy. We have a small taste of things to come in Belgium, plus the Tour de Taiwan concludes and the Tour de Langkawi begins.

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Before we get on with the big one, a quick wrap up of Tirreno Adriatico – Michal Kwiatkowski took his biggest overall stage race win to date there, beating Damiano Caruso and teammate Geraint Thomas. No surprise to see Rohan Dennis win the final TT, upsetting Jos Van Emden for a 2nd year in a row, whilst on the penultimate stage, Kittel won his second race of the year.

But that already feels like a long time ago, as last week the cycling world’s eyes were all on la Classicissima, La Primavera, the first monument of the year, Milan Sanremo.

At two hundred and ninety four kilometres, it’s the longest one day race of the year. We all get rather excited about it, and yet little happens until the final thirty k’s. This year was no different, despite some quite horrendous weather conditions over first part of the 7 hour race. In fact, on the first of the two main climbs, the Cipressa, we literally didn’t have a single attack.

Now, that was partly down to the headwind, and partly down to the extremely high tempo that Groupama FDJ and Team Sky set, but it did make you start wondering if these climbs just really aren’t hard enough to make a difference in the modern peloton.

But then, we had the Poggio, and things got a lot more interesting. The pace was furious at the start, with Burghardt and Drucker making a move, but as they were reeled in, we saw an impressive attack from little known Krists Neilands. Just 23 years of age, he basically sparked the winning move – Vincenzo Nibali jumped across, and despite a brave attempt from the Latvian Champion, he was unable to stick with the Italian, who took a 10 second lead over the top of the climb.

From there, it was a nail biting experience for everyone, the riders, the teams and the fans watching too. The question of will he or won’t he hold off the group behind was hanging in the balance, and not really answered until the final one hundred metres of the race. But Nibali managed to do what many of us thought was no longer possible in this race, to win it as a climber.

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77 Comments on "The Cycling Race News Show: Milan Sanremo, Trofeo Alfredo Binda And Tirreno Adriatico"


  1. Do you think Vincenzo 'The Shark' Nibali has more to surprise us with in the Spring Classics?

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  2. Regarding the Cavendish crash, the race organizers should have done much better with regards to making the riders aware of that hazard.., it was amateur hour in Italy!

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  3. I am quite amazed with the serenity that the shoe has on top of the traffic divider.
    Get well soon Cav

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  4. In speaking of bad conditions, have a look at 1922's Milano-Sanremo:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD5Ej0nFyTo

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  5. In modern cycling, Nibali is one of the very few cyclists, that is always exciting to watch.

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  6. Excellent roundup. If you ask me I think Nibali will be focused on the Giro rather than other of the Spring Classics.

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  7. Milan-Sanremo was a classic, as always! What a bid for glory from Nibali. Plus, no team car was involved! Double thumbs up!

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  8. Race organizers can not do more than they already do. They race for 7.5 hours on open roads they can not police everything. These things happen but not very often. If people always complain about the organizers then they will walk away from the Sport and we will be left without any racing on roads and it will all be on a sterile motor racing circuit, then it would be as boring as F1..

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  9. Hello GCN, is it possible to source footage of the races for your reports? It would really improve the show.

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  10. That Cavendish crash was terrible. I know that riding in a bunch and crashing into each other is a variable that cannot be controlled and is just part of pro racing. Safety is up to the rider at that point. The 'road furniture', however, is a variable that can be controlled and made more safe. I say more warning signs and padded road furniture is always a good call.

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  11. I am not sure if people have talked about how Nibali's win was set up by the timing and location "Neilands" attack and Nibali's teams involvement in it. This to me was only apparent by the distance he ultimately won by, because if he had not attacked when he did (7.2Km), on a narrowing, winding assent, with his team filling the road he would not have put in enough distance from the field to allow him, what proved to be to ultimately the winning blow. Well played all round I say. For sure Caleb Ewen would have won it otherwise, Michelton-SCOTT looked after him well all day, keeping him out of trouble.

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  12. I was pretty mad when I did NOT see any Person With a flag in front, after he crashed in the barrier!

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  13. Damn Cavendish’s shoe on the road marker was the opposite of Cinderella’s fairytale ending leaving her glass slipper behind..

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  14. How about a shout out to Matt for his excellent Milan-Sanremo live TV commentary! As for the Cav crash, more marshals are always better, but the object in question was painted bright yellow!

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  15. I love that picture of Mark Cavendish with a random person helping him. I think it really shows the spirit of the cycling world.

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  16. only few riders in the middle of the road ,cavedish can see the road, he can easy continue strait, bud decided folowing other rider to cros an didnt make it. his own stupidity.. bud he always follow other rider not capable ride himself, and crash where other 150 riders have no problem to ride..

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  17. It is obvious that the Milan San Remo organisers made u tremendous mistake by not placing a signaler with a flag in front of the traffic divider.

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  18. when will you post a video about "Strava obsession", "how to train without timing", a lot of guys do not understand apps can be fooled, even antivirus, and that data colected in most cases is fantasy/luck/hacks/corupt data etc … there is more to cycling than being a daily guinea pig 🙂 {talking about amators not pros}

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  19. If there are things going into a traffic circle (where the guard was posed) it follows that the same will be at the exit. If things are different, sure, two marshals there to make sure racers know. But in the case, riders should know it is coming.

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  20. It is surely the responsibility of a rider to watch where he is going and to avoid road furniture whether or not is marshalled.

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  21. It should stay the same because no other race do you have a Grand Tour winner 1st and a pure sprinter 2nd. So happy to see the Shark of Messina take the victory and I believe he will take also Liege, the Worlds and possibly the Tour this season, I know it is ambitious but if anyone can do it is Nibali!

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  22. Never liked Vincenzo, since here in Italy people only talk about him (and I always support the underdog) and because he mostly beats riders I support (sometimes with too much luck by his side)… But man, he is good, so good. He’s probably the best italian rider of the last 20 years and a complete athlete. He is so smart, so talented and entertaining to watch and I can only respect him for that.

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  23. Haven't looked closely yet, but Nibalis supreme descending makes me hope there's some technical twists and turns at world's this year. Rattling off Nibalis palmares, it seems that world's is the last box to tick

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  24. Do any races have marshals on road furniture in the middle of the exit to roundabouts as well as the entrance?

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  25. Is the riders union completely powerless? They should protest riding through towns that continue to install permanent road furniture. Can't they design these dividers to be removable? Is there no consideration to safety by these towns that get their notoriety from these races? Cycling needs a modern day Jackie Stewart to take a stand on safety.

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  26. Road safety for races: the organizers could easily provide with the signs, including the signs made with (not instantly) washable painting 200-50 meters before the road condition changes rapidly, like it what where that one (4:59) from dimension data crashed. The latter, BTW, shall publicly apologize to Sagan for causing the crash at TDF-2017 and blaming Sagan for the injury.

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  27. Yeah, that piece of road furniture should have been marked. Or, removed. Too much road furniture these days.

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  28. Now that I know Cav is okay, I can mention this… Did anyone else notice his shoe was left on top of the bollard after the crash? When you watch the video, one of his shoes (right, I think) is ripped off as he hits the bollard and ends up on top of the bollard! While Cav, his bike and his remaining shoe, end up quite a long way down the road. WTF! Never seen a shoe ripped off in a crash before. Glad he's not badly hurt. Great rider…

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  29. I really wonder what the total amount of specific injuries in the world tour is per year. I would assume that the broken collarbone tops the list with probably around 50-100.

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  30. 3:21 "cycling isn't all about climbing hills and I am inclined to agree" slipped that one in Dan

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  31. Concerning Cavendish's crash: Placing a course marshal there seems like a bad idea to me. Besides the fact that I've never seen one at the exit of a roundabout it would be an extremely dangerous place for the marshal himself because the riders can't see him before being very close as they don't approach him in a straight line. Then there's the fact that Cav bunnyhopped onto the traffic island, so the course marshal wouldn't have been of any use anyway as they're positioned at the front of traffic islands. Adding some padding to the post would've been a good idea though.

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  32. Whilst the road marker could have been marshalled better, and glad he's relatively okay, but it appears Cavendish is like that old car driver who's held his licence for years, and really shouldn't still be on the road.

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  33. When we go aero @ 60-70kph and cant see what’s coming infront of us, we honestly don’t care, we just pray. 😂😂

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  34. Grande Nibali!! Un ciclista unico, grande cuore, grande testa……..un campione pulito, a differenza di molti altri ciclisti dopati. Viva Vincenzo, Viva l'ITALIA. L'ITALIA E' LA PATRIA DEL CICLISMO

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  35. Given the revenue generated by these races it is ridiculous to not have a course marshal flagging every single obstacle. Hell, there are fans who would do it for free just to get to watch up close. Cav's crash was entirely preventable and someone needs to be on the hook for it. Heal up, man.

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  36. Cav causes a crash that kicks Sagan out of the Tour, causes a crash in the Olympics on the track that sends another rider to the hospital. . . Starts 2018 with a bunch of his own crashes. What goes around comes around.

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  37. Re: Cavendish : I don’t think it’s a coincidence or luck. How often does Sagan crash? Paying attention is a skill.

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  38. Mentioned the teams of all the riders that attacked, except Krists Neilands' (Israeli Cycling Academy), who sparked Nibali's winning Poggio attack. A great showing from an exciting new team.

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  39. It's really great that you've started doing this race news show, but…you need video from the big races too, not just stills. Just my opinion. Anyway, love GCN!

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  40. Milan San-Remo – Sagan was bored – maybe if he had won he wouldn't have been! Classics should be preserved IMO

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  41. #torqueback , great videos! KEEP IT UP!!
    I am a strong rider but I had to stop training for 2 weeks. When I finally started training again, I am getting knee pains somehow. You guys have any idea why?

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  42. Nice work as always Dan – but I have to say I miss the old format with you, Matt and Si all chiming in and talking about the races.

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  43. When was the last time another TdeF winner won any one day classic let alone MSR? Chapeau Vincenzo.

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  44. About cavendish : bike racing is very dangerous and bike racers will always be exposed to bike crashes

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