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by Matt de Neef
March 24, 2015
Photography by Jered & Ashley Gruber
The 2015 Spring Classics season is officially underway. On a rainy afternoon on the Mediterranean coast last Sunday, John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) dashed to victory in Milan-San Remo, taking his first victory in one of the sport’s five Monuments. In this gallery we share a collection of great images from “La Primavera”, captured by husband and wife duo Jered & Ashley Gruber, with additional photos from Cor Vos.
The list of potential winners of this year’s Milan-San Remo was about as long as the race itself. And while John Degenkolb was certainly among the favourites, more attention was being paid to the likes of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge), Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) and last year’s winner, Alexander Kristoff (Katusha).
As much as it’s possible for someone of Degenkolb’s ability to go unnoticed, the 26-year-old just about did so until the final few kilometres of the race. His name was barely called by commentators until he was spotted in a lead group of roughly 25 riders that began the flat final 2km together.
Degenkolb timed his run to perfection, surging past a tiring Kristoff in sight of the line and holding off Matthews.
And while Degenkolb’s win was the culmination of the day’s proceedings, there were plenty of moments in the 293km and nearly seven hours of racing that helped define the 2015 Milan-San Remo. Here are some of those moments.