Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

March 24, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Dan Martin takes Volta a Catalunya lead with stage 3 win; Jens Debusschere sprints to Dwars door Vlaanderen victory; Amy Pieters claims third-straight Dwars door Vlaanderen win; Tour de Yorkshire becomes the world’s most lucrative women’s cycling race?; Does Milan-San Remo need an extra climb?; Porte flying under the radar in Catalunya; Giro Rosa course revealed for 2016; Trixi Worrack undergoes emergency surgery following Trofeo Binda crash; Robbie McEwen on the Belgian terror attacks; Vos back on the winners’ list.

Does Milan-San Remo need an extra climb?

by Matt de Neef

In the wake of last weekend’s sprint finish at Milan-San Remo, debates have raged in the Italian press about whether the season’s first Monument needs another climb to make it more selective. In Gazetta dello Sport, former winner Francesco Moser and Maurizio Fondriest offered alternate views.

“I don’t think we should play with Milan-San Remo by adding another climb. It’s the first big, big race of the year and it’s good that it’s difficult but also open to a lot of riders,” Moser suggested. “To make the race less predictable, they don’t need to change the route but they could reduce the size of the teams. With six riders the strongest teams wouldn’t be able to control the race and so it’s be more exciting. A smaller peloton could also reduce the number of crashes, there were a lot on Saturday.”

Fondriest had a different opinion and called for an extra climb to be added before or after the Cipressa.

“Milan-San Remo has to remain the least difficult of the Monuments but we can’t ignore that cycling has evolved,” the 1993 winner argued. “Lets add another climb before the Cipressa or between the Cipressa and the Poggio, to ‘get rid’ of the pure sprinters but not the ones who can climb a little.”

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