Milan-San Remo: Moments in history

by CyclingTips


1916. 1944. 1945. 2020. These are the only years Milan-San Remo hasn’t run since it was founded way back in 1907. The first cancellation was due to World War I. The next two were down to World War II. The fourth of those due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed thousands, that has much of the world on lockdown, and that has brought cycling to a halt.

At the time of writing, it’s not clear when the 2020 racing season will resume. Races through March and into April, and some races as far in advance as June, have been called off. The Giro d’Italia is gone, so too the whole of the Spring Classics season. The Tour de France is in doubt, likewise the Tokyo Olympics. Quite simply, this is a cycling season like no other.

Thankfully though, we have many decades of history to look back on in this spring without the Spring Classics. In the case of Milan-San Remo, there are 110 editions of “La Primavera” full of stories for us remember and to relish.

In the gallery below you’ll find a whole host of images from past editions of Milan-San Remo, courtesy of the Cor Vos photo archive and the galleries of Kristof Ramon. We invite you to join us for a ride down memory lane ahead of this Saturday’s now-cancelled 2020 Milan-San Remo.

This post is an updated version of an article first published in 2013.