Milan-San Remo 2017 will be held on Saturday the 18th of March. The first Monument of the cycling season, aptly called La Primavera – in English, The Spring – is the longest one day race on the professional calender. Milan-San Remo marks the real start of classics season and is often viewed as a sprinters classic with the fastest man over the Poggio in the front group likely to come out on top.
At almost 300 kilometers the Milan-San Remo tests rider’s patience and endurance. In 2016 Ben Swift was narrowly beaten by winner Arnaud Demare. Frenchman Arnaud Demare from team Francaise des Jeux won the 2016 Milan San Remo which took place in nice weather conditions but the course was changed slightly due to a landslide. The race was back on a Saturday in 2016 for the first time in years.
The Milan San Remo pro race is THE monumental classic one day race in the whole of the professional calendar. The race is organised by the the Italian race organisers RCS, owners of sports newspaper Gazetta dello Sport, the same people who organise the Giro d’Italia.
This Spring Classic covers nearly 300km from Milan, south to the coast, and then almost to the French Border, along the Italian Riviera and the city of Sanremo. Always held at the beginning of the year, it is a true “classic” event, with most of the world’s major cycling heroes having won it, at some point. Always held at the beginning of the year, it is a true “classic” event, with most of the world’s major cycling heroes having won it, at some point.
Elia Viviani, who led the Team Sky to a stage win in Giro d’Italia last season revealed his plans for 2017: ’’In 2017, I want to prepare for Milan-San Remo and then after that, think only of the Giro and winning many stages there. Maybe the Vuelta a España could be a good end of year option.”. With these being said, Viviani is definitely a name with big chances of winning the race from 18th of March.
Viviani also alerted that his former teammate, Ben Swift (who will be joining TJ-Lampre team in 2017) is a contender for Milan-San Remo triumph: ’’ He’ll need to be controlled because in races like Milan-San Remo he is one of the strongest riders.”
The Katusha team, which will start to be known from 2017 as Katusha-Alpecin team, will be trying to give the winner of this race. Along with Martin, the chief bread winners at Katusha-Alpecin will be expected to be Alexander Kristoff, a past winner of Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders, and rising Grand Tour talent Ilnur Zakarin. If Kristoff will choose to ride this race, he has big chances for at least a podium place.
The Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert will ride for Etixx-QuickStep in 2017, ending an important five-year chapter of his career with BMC that included his world road race title in Valkenburg in 2012, 18 other victories, and a series of placings in many of the Classics. ’’Riders like me who can challenge in Milan-San Remo, Flanders and through to the Ardennes Classic are pretty rare now. When I was young we used to also ride the Tour de Romandie. Now teams have different specialists and different programmes.’’ Gilbert also revealed that he will be focusing on the races from the winter of 2017 and the Milan-San Remo might be his reference point before starting to prepare for the last part of the season.
Other riders that can pretend for a good result in this race are Peter Sagan, Fernando Gaviria, Arnaud Démare and Michael Matthews.