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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.

ROUTE SCOUT: MILAN-SAN REMO

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In the area? Nothing helps you get the lay of the land better than a bike ride. Whether you’ve brought your bike with you, or are renting from a local shop, here are just a few route suggestions based off—and sometimes on—the Milan-San Remo route.

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“VISIT WITH GHOSTS”

It would be easy to recommend you go ride the Cipressa and Poggio and sprint to the finish—and you should ride those iconic climbs—but there’s a little coffee stop you should make along the way as you visit the “ghost” village of Bussana Vecchia.

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“PAY RESPECTS TO IL CAMPIONISSIMO”

Ever wonder what made Fausto Coppi such a great climber? If you’re in the vicinity of Novi Ligure, there’s really no excuse for not riding out to Castellania, Coppi’s birthplace, and riding the roads that turned “The Heron” into such a magnificent climber.

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“SO YOU THINK YOU CAN CLIMB”

There's a great feeling of satisfaction that comes from tackling a tough climb. This route will take you on narrow back roads that lead you through olive groves and small Italian villages, to stiff Italian climbs that reward you with magnificent views before delivering you home, care of a beautiful, 18km descent.

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