This Sunday, Italy offers the first big spring classic of the season, the 298 kilometer long one-day race, Milano-Sanremo. Team Saxo-Tinkoff will be on the start line with a powerful line-up including: Daniele Bennati, Matti Breschel, Michael Rogers, Michael Mørkøv, Matteo Tosatto, Jonas Aaen, Benjamin Noval and Manuele Boaro.
The hilly race has been won by a long list of the greatest riders ever such as Coppi,, Moser, Kelly, Fignon, Jalabert and of course, Eddy Merckx who has been the first to cross the finish line no less than 7 times. In the last decade, sprinters have dominated the race and Simon Gerrans (Oreca-GreenEdge) will be the one trying to defend his 2012 title but you’d be well-adviced to keep an eye on Mark Cavendish (Omega-Pharma Quick Step) and Matt Goss (Oreca-GreenEdge).
Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s DS, Fabrizio Guidi is looking forward to the race:
”I’m excited to get the race going. It’s the first big classic of the year and we’re actually here right now to inspect the final kilometers of the race. Naturally, we’re here to get a good result and I know the guys are able to pull it off. I think both Matti (Breschel) and Daniele (Bennati) have the strength and experience to
win here and they’re supported by a strong group of riders. However, in the long and demanding classics you have to stay out of trouble by keep focusing and you need to have a little bit of luck on your side to win but I’m confident that the team will do a good job.”