Friday, 7th August 2020 – The longest classic of the year is coming after being rescheduled to Saturday 8th August.
Although this year’s edition of the Milano-Sanremo won’t be called ‘La Primavera’ – as it moved from spring to summer – it still earns the title of ‘La Classicissima’ at 299km long. The route has also changed for this year’s race, but it will include the final 36km of the traditional course, and therefore the iconic ‘Cipressa’ and ‘Poggio’ climbs.
Sonny Colbrelli will lead the Team Bahrain McLaren squad at a race he has always dreamed of winning and his the recent stage victory at the Route d’Occitanie proves he’s in good shape.
“I’m feeling good, and racing in France has set me up nicely for Milano-Sanremo. I can rely on the support of a strong team, and this gives me a lot of confidence going into the race.” says Sonny Colbrelli.
The 6-rider roster also includes Damiano Caruso – who also took a recent win at the Circuito de Getxo – Dylan Teuns, Matej Mohorič, Ivan Garcia Cortina and Marco Haller.
Franco Pellizotti, Team Bahrain McLaren Sports Director, says: “This is an unprecedented route. The big climbs to get onto the coastal road are much closer to the end of the race than the Turchino Pass in previous editions which will make the race much harder. It is the longest classic of the year, and even if the elevation is not difficult, you need to be able to save as much energy as possible for the finale.
Given the heat in Italy in these past weeks, it will be even more difficult for a large group to reach the sprint for the line. It will be essential to take the Cipressa in a strong position knowing that you also have one less rider throughout the race.
To win Milan-Sanremo we have to ride together all day and get our leader Sonny Colbrelli to the end with as much energy as possible”.
Team Bahrain McLaren line-up for ‘Milano-Sanremo’: Damiano Caruso, Sonny Colbrelli, Ivan Garcia Cortina, Marco Haller, Matej Mohorič, Dylan Teuns.
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