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by Matt de Neef
March 20, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Michal Kwiatkowski wins a thrilling Milan-San Remo; Coryn Rivera sprints to victory at Trofeo Alfredo Binda; Kristof Allegaert leads into day 3 of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race; Sagan – Kwiatkowski owes me a few beers; Former Tour de France champion Roger Pingeon dies at 76; Dame Sarah Storey launches elite women’s cycling team; Rwandan cyclist Adrien Niyonshuti’s Grand (Tour) plans; DreamRide II.
Peter Sagan sparked off an impressive attack on the Poggio, led all the way down the descent and did the bulk of the work between there and the line, but finally wilted in the final sprint as Michal Kwiatkowski snatched victory at Milan-San Remo on Saturday.
The former world champion came past the current holder of the rainbow jersey with 30 metres to go, nipping an unexpected win. Sagan almost crashed into the Sky rider after taking second, while Julian Alaphilippe – who had done the least in the break – was third. Five seconds later Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) brought home the chasing bunch, beating Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and 2016 race winner Arnaud Demare (FDJ) to the line for fourth.
“After previous editions in 2013 and 2014 when I’ve been unlucky, winning Milano-Sanremo is an incredible feeling,” said Kwiatkowski. “I’m thankful to my teammates, they did an incredible job today. I didn’t expect Sagan to attack on the Poggio. After he did, I expected a bunch sprint but he maintained a high speed at the front. I focused only on my own sprint. I can’t believe I’ve beaten Sagan!”
Sagan said after the finish that he had left it all out there.
“I gave my all today. My team did a great job getting me to the Poggio safely,” he stated. “It was instinct to attack on the Poggio – I tried and after I attacked I saw I was alone, and then Kwiatkowski and Alaphilippe came with me. We descended to the finale and made it something really special.”
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