How The Race Was Won®: Milano-Sanremo

The best racing breakdowns on the Internet are back.

by Caley Fretz

photography by Kristof Ramon and Cor Vos

How The Race Was Won® is back.

After a bit of a hiatus, Cosmo Catalano returns to break down the biggest races, picking out the key moments, curious moves, and race-changing tactics most of us missed in real time.

First up, the first monument of the year: Milano-Sanremo.

Jasper Stuyven won Milano-Sanremo when he timed an attack to perfection, leaving a group of race favorites behind with 2.5 km to go. The Belgian rider was joined by Soren Kragh Andersen and although the two looked like they would not make it to the line, Stuyven just held off a pack of strong sprinters to take the victory.

“I can’t describe how I feel. It’s unbelievable,” Stuyven said after the finish. “We had a plan to go for it, to try to win. I felt really good all day and the finale went well. There was a lot of fast guys in the group after the Poggio, so I knew I had to try all or nothing and I did. If it’d had gone to the line I could have finished fifth or tenth but I preferred to go all in, so I took the biggest victory of my career.”

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) was the best of the rest with Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) taking third on the day.

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