Spring is coming and the Classicissima too. After the unprecedented last year’s summer edition with a revolutionized course, the Milano-Sanremo returns to its traditions. The 112th edition of the longest one-day race on the WorldTour calendar (299 km) is scheduled for Saturday March 20th. Except for the ascent Colle di Giovo, replacing the Turchino Pass closed due to a landslide, it will maintain its iconic soul, with the fantastic route running alongside the Ligurian coast. The peloton will face a sequence of climbs, including the three Capi (Capo Mele, Capo Cervo and Capo Berta), before the most awaited ascents, the Cipressa and the Poggio, where the race is heating up, until the finish in Via Roma.
The race is one of the most loved by our team, as we have sweet memories of the victory in 2018. Team Bahrain Victorious line-up will include riders that have a special relationship with this race: Heinrich Haussler 2nd in 2009, Sonny Colbrelli who will make his 8th participation and took three top ten results so far, and Matej Mohorič, who was 5th in 2019 and 10th last year:
“I am very motivated for Saturday. I will try and make the most out of any opportunities that present in the final and possibly improve my 5th place result from 2019. We also have my teammate Sonny in case it comes back together after Poggio and we will work together in case we are both there for the final sprint”.
The experienced Damiano Caruso, Yukiya Arashiro, Fred Wright and Jan Tratnik – the last two both at their first appearance at this Monument race – round up our 7-man line-up to Milano-Sanremo.
Alberto Volpi, Team Bahrain Victorious Sports Director, shares his thoughts about this race, that he knows very well, having raced it and then managing the strategies on the team car: “Milano-Sanremo is apparently the easiest Monument, but at the same time the most uncertain one. For sure the one with the most thrilling finale. The Poggio and its descent until the final meters in Via Roma is the most adrenaline-filled part in cycling classics. We aim to be there in the mix with our two key riders. We have two players with experience, both in case of a late attack of a reduced group, as Matej Mohorič, or a bunch sprint with Sonny Colbrelli. We have a solid group to support them. Although we are maybe not named among the favourites for this edition and we are competing with some of the strongest riders in the world, we are highly motivated and we will try to have legs, head and bravery to be protagonist. It will be fundamental to save the energies and arrive in the final the freshest as possible, after such a long race”.
Team Bahrain Victorious line-up for Milano-Sanremo: Yukiya Arashiro, Damiano Caruso, Sonny Colbrelli, Heinrich Haussler, Matej Mohorič, Jan Tratnik, Fred Wright.
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