MILAN-SAN REMO

Road racing is in the air, and this weekend, the first monument of the Spring Classics, Milan-San Remo, will be hotly contested. Historically, La Clasica Primavera, as it's lovingly known, has been up for grabs to anyone with power in the legs and the guile of an experienced racer. This year is no different.

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MILAN-SAN REMO

Road racing is in the air, and this weekend, the first monument of the Spring Classics, Milan-San Remo, will be hotly contested. Historically, La Clasica Primavera, as it's lovingly known, has been up for grabs to anyone with power in the legs and the guile of an experienced racer. This year is no different.

Milan-San Remo is very important race, because it's the first monument Classic of the year. And it's very easy to ride in Milan-San Remo, but it's very difficult to win.

Peter Sagan

In years past, we've seen riders freeze along the 291-kilometer route, Grand Tour champions, like Vincenzo Nibali, try and pull the victory rug out from under the sprinters along climbs like the Cipressa and Poggio, and of course, masterful tactics playing out on one of the most storied routes in all of cycling.

This year, to celebrate the kickoff to the Classics, we put boots on the ground in Italy to examine the sites, culture, and history surrounding the race. From Milan to San Remo, we’ll take you on a journey that’ll whet your appetite for the racing that is to come.

WHEN COPPI STOPPED

As the story goes, Fausto Coppi once stopped for coffee during Milan-San Remo and still won by 14 minutes. To separate fact from fiction, we went to the actual café to meet the family that's been running it for over a century, get the facts on Coppi, and indulge in the pastries that help fuel Italy’s cyclists, both mid- and post-ride.

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LOCALS ONLY

A chance encounter with Fausto Coppi's cousin, a treasure trove of cycling history in a back room in Castellania, a visit to a ghost village, and a killer climbing loop—we uncover some Italian cultural Easter eggs and take you on a journey along Milan-San Remo's most storied roads.

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I AM SPECIALIZED: PETER SAGAN

There's been a winter's worth of talk about Peter Sagan and Milan-San Remo, but as the day draws close, we bring you one of the only voices that matters—Sagan's own. Watch for his take on La Primavera in the first of a new series, I Am Specialized.

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MILAN-SAN REMO SMILE

The sheer distance of the Milan-San Remo boggles the mind, and it's truly a test of patience, endurance, and strength. This MSR preview is route-minus-race, highlighting the key moments, and showing you how the longest one day race on the UCI ProTour calendar is also the longest lead out for a 1,000-gigawatt smile you’ll get all year.

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