And Daniel Ostanek has turned a eager eye on the lads who matter on this 12 months’s Primavera right here: Milan-San Remo 2023 – 5 favourites, 5 outsiders
A wonderful sequence of insights by Cyclingnews’ Barry Ryan into one of many high favourites and his outlook on the day forward on this function – hyperlink right here: Wout van Aert: I don’t assume I’ve to show something
255 kilometres to go
The hole for our 9 leaders has now steadied at simply north of three minutes. Behind, Trek-Segafredo and Jumbo-Visma hold a watching transient in the principle pack.
265 kilometres to go
And as Milan-San Remo reaches town of Pavia the hole has now reached 3:20.
271 kilometres to go
And after a quick and reasonably weird counter-attack by riders from the principle pack together with Jos van Emden (Jumbo-Visma) and Tim Wellens (UAE Group Emirates) fizzles out nearly earlier than it is began, the hole is ballooning for the 9 riders forward: 2:35.
273 kilometres to go
The 9 riders forward are Alessandro Tonelli and Samuele Zoccarato (Inexperienced Mission-Bardiani-CSF-Faizané); Alexandre Balmer and Jan Maas (Jayco AIUIa); Mirco Maestri and Samuele Rivi (Eolo Kometa); Alois Charrin (Tudor Professional Biking); Negasi Haylu Abreha (Q36.5) and Aleksandr Riabushenko (Astana Qazaqstan).
And seven extra riders clip off the entrance to try to be a part of Maestri and Tonelli forward., and the tempo within the bunch drops notably. After 16 kilometres of the 294 at this time now raced, we’ve got the break of the day.
281 kilometres to go
The battle to get within the break is proving to be a really powerful one. Mirco Maestri (Eolo-Kometa) and Alessandro Tonelli (Inexperienced Mission-Bardiani-CSF-Faizané) are forward however extra riders wish to get throughout…
Additionally current firstly of Milan-San Remo, however after its function in final 12 months’s race, wants no introduction: Mohoric’s dropper publish.
And here is a primary photograph of at this time’s begin at Abbiategrasso.
292 kilometres to go
The peloton is already lined out because the early break tries to go clear.
And racing has formally begun. Solely 294 kilometres to go.
To be confirmed however it appears as if Tadej Pogačar has crashed within the neutralized zone, to evaluate by the inexperienced stains on his jersey, however he isn’t all injured.
They peloton has now reached kilometre 0 and have stopped briefly. Just a few followers benefit from the surprising halt to take a selfie.
The riders have left Abbiategrasso and have now headed out to the kilometre 0 signal.
There are at least eight former winners on this 12 months’s version of Milan-San Remo: Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) – 2022; Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) – 2021; Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) – 2020; Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal-QuickStep) – 2019; Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) – 2017; Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) – 2016; John Degenkolb (DSM) – 2015 and Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan) – 2009.
The neutralized part of San Remo this 12 months earlier than the race correct will get underway is 7.8 kilometres lengthy. Which means the whole distance coated is nearly 302 kilometres.
Quite a few public lining the streets of Abbiategrasso on what appears to be a dry, sunny day. Not a lot wind for now, although, there’s attributable to be a tailwind afterward when the race approaches the coast.
And the riders have simply began shifting away from the départ fictif. The 2023 version of Milan-San Remo has begun.
Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies) has additionally appeared on the sign-on podium of Milan-San Remo for one final time.
Wout van Aert has simply been interviewed by our colleagues from Sporza.be. The Belgian favorite says that he is at 98.5 % of his high type and expects that he’ll get loads of assist from teammate Jan Tratnik.
The 175 riders are presently signing on.
Racing is ready to start out in roughly half-hour. A reminder that the race beginning within the city of Abbiategrasso, about 25 kilometres additional west of Milan. However after this unprecedented begin, the rest of the day’s course may be very a lot the standard Milan-San Remo route. The end within the city of San Remo, only a stone’s throw away from Monaco and past that France, will probably be round 1700 native (CET) time.
Hey and welcome to our reside protection of the 2023 Milan-San Remo.