Get the route, the favourites and everything else you need to know about the first Monument of the season!
The race season well and truly goes up a gear as we welcome the first Monument of the year. Milan – San Remo returns for its 112th edition, and it promises to be a cracker. Also known as La Classicissima (The Big Classic), the return of Milan – San Remo is arguable the biggest day in Italian cycling.
As many ex-pro’s will attest, with a mainly fast and flat route, Milan - San Remo is one of the easiest races to finish but one of the hardest to win. At almost 300km, Milan – San Remo is the longest race in the cycling calendar, but the famous Poggio climb has been the launchpad for a number of famous attacks over the years which can turn the race on its head.
What is the route for Milan – San Remo?
The 2022 Milan – San Remo marks a return to normality after two years of disruption owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the Milan - San Remo was moved to August, but the 112th edition will be back in its familiar March slot.
The Vigorelli velodrome will be the starting point for this year’s race, which will then return to its traditional route, including the Turchino Pass.
The Turchino Pass has been absent from the last two years of the Milan – San Remo after landslides in the region raised concerns about safety. As the race flies down to the Ligurian coastline, the riders will have to scale the three inland climbs of Tre Capi, before taking on the much longer ascent of the Cipressa and then finally the showdown on the Poggio before the finish line.
Where can I watch Milan – San Remo?
You can watch Milan – San Remo in the UK on Eurosport. If you have a subscription with Sky, Virgin or BT Sport, you’ll already have access to Eurosport. Alternatively, you can watch all of the action unfold on the Eurosport Player via the Discovery Plus app, which you can get with Amazon Prime.
You can also watch Milan – San Remo, as well as all of the classics through the GCN+ service, which costs £39.99 a year.
What are the teams for Milan – San Remo?
- AG2R Citroen Team
- Astana Qazaqstan Team
- Bahrain Victorious
- Bardiani CSF Faizane'
- Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli
- EF Education-EasyPost
- Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
- Ineos Grenadiers
- Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
- Israel-Premier Tech
- Lotto Soudal
- Movistar Team
- Team Arkéa-Samsic
- Team DSM
- UAE Team Emirates
Who are the favourites for Milan – San Remo?
With a number of recent illnesses among the riders prior to the start of the race, it’s a wide-open field to pick a winner from.
The usual suspects are in with a strong chance of scooping top prize, including Tadej Pogacar, Wout van Aert and Primož Roglič.
With sprinters heavily favoured in Milan – San Remo, Caleb Ewan is the favourite with many bookmakers. The Australian has two second place finishes here and pulled out of Tirreno-Adriatico to prepare for an all-out assault on the Milan – San Remo.
Who are the past winners of Milan – San Remo?
Since its inception back in 1907, some of the biggest names in cycling have been crowned winners of the Milan – San Remo. Eddy Merckx has won the race a record seven times, including four years (1969, 1971, 1972 & 1975) where he also won two other monuments.
The Belgian Jasper Stuyven is the defending champion after racing to victory last year, while Mark Cavendish was the last Brit to claim a win back in 2009.
Last 10 winners of Milan – San Remo
Wout Van Aert