The sun shone all day long and made for the perfect Milan Sanremo Monument race and what a race it was! The 110th edition of this one day classic saw the most elite riders tackle the 290km out of Milan, heading south to Genova on the coast and then along the famous costal road to Sanremo. Arguably, the most famous parts are at the end, for the two short but fast climbs. Firstly Cipressa about 20km from the finish and then Poggio just a few km before the false flat along via Roma to the finish.
We started the day with a reminder of what the peleton would experience, taking the cycle path to San Lorenzo before heading up Cipressa, descending back down to the coast and then up Poggio and down into Sanremo.
A quick change before we headed up by vehicle to Cipressa to await the riders, with a few refreshments to keep us going, some more joined our festivities and soaked up the sunshine while we watched the riders on Eurosport. It was fantastic to see them fly by and collect some of their disgarded bidons, gels and bars.
Well done to Juliane Alaphilippe. Great to be able to witness this first hand. Looking forward to next year of course too!
Now we're looking forward to next year with two options, the full milan sanremo tour or just the race day festivities. But if that's too long to wait, come out here now, with flights from around £50 return with easyjet, what are you waiting for?