Cancellara's Milan Sanremo
To win being a favourite is always difficult.
But Fabian Cancellara doesn't disappointed expectations that wanted him great favourite for the victory in 99th Milan-Sanremo together with sprinters Freire, Petacchi and Pozzato.
The Italian-Swiss two times time-trial world champion exploited to the best his own characteristics of cronoman breaking away with a killing spring at 2 kilometres to finish.
On the Waterfront Italo Calvino of the "city of flowers" he has conquered the fourth victory in not even one month of competitions, after the fascinating "Heroic" on the "white roads" of Gaiole in Chianti and time-trial stage and final classification of Tyrrhenian-Adriatic.
For the first time from 1994, there was no arrival for bunch all together.
It has been really the Milan-Sanremo of the novelties, the one that on March 22 turned 101 years old from the first edition won in 1907 by French "Petit Breton", "nick" of Lucien George Mazan.
No arrival at sprint, finish transferred from historical centre of street Rome to the Waterfront and the insertion - forced by the closing of National Road Aurelia for landslide near Noli - of the slope on the highland of Mànie, for the first time reached by the race.
Just this slope, climbed to 100 kilometres to the finish, conditioned the result of the race putting in the legs of riders more lactic acid that expected.
But not in those of Fabian Cancellara, that at only 27 years added also the spring classic in his palmares already full of important victories and with a yellow jersey in Tour de France gotten beating in time-trial the "unbeatable" Lance Armstrong.
Without Freire and Petacchi, in a bad day, there was a sprint but only for places not important, with Italian Filippo Pozzato first of defeated before Philippe Gilbert and Davide Rebellin.
"Milan-Sanremo" once more rewarded by the affection of fans, numerous to the arrival and on the slopes, from "new" Mànie to historical Cipressa and Poggio.
Posted by Sonya Argelli