Milano-San Remo Results
Cancellara takes his 2nd classics win.
The 2008 Milano-San Remo turned out to be a major triumph for Fabian Cancellara, who after excellent support from his teammates ended up crossing the finish line solo - ahead of a strong front group.
In a fantastic finale with a surprising number of attacks both on the Cipressa and the Poggio, several of the great classic’s specialists tore themselves loose from the peloton a few at a time. They regrouped in between the two famous climbs, but it soon became clear that the Cipressa had gotten the better of many of the riders in the peloton.
Team CSC riders Kroon and Schleck helped close the initial gaps and later several other Team CSC members were up front between the Cipressa and the Poggio pulling the peloton to set a high pace. When a dangerous group started forming on Poggio Cancellara escaped from the peloton and bridged up to a front group containing Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner), World Champion Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) and Oscar Freire (Rabobank) amongst others.
But none of them were able to keep up on the descent or the flat stretch just before the finish line, when Cancellara turned up the volume to the max and put a big fat line under the fact that it is no coincidence that he has won the World Time Trial Championships two years in a row.
Behind Cancellara Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) won the sprint for the second place and Belgian Philippe Gilbert of Team Francaise des Jeux took third. This was Cancellara’s third this week.
"I’ve just won one of the greatest races there are and I’m extremely excited. I’m happy and proud to be able to finish the hard work my teammates did out there. First of all they deserve big credit for their efforts today," said Fabian Cancellara after his brilliant victory.
"I didn’t actually feel that great at the beginning, but once we got the first climbs out of the way, I got a clear feeling that today was one of those days where everything just might come together perfectly," explained the Swiss rider and added "On Poggio I made sure to keep up but without using all my energy and at the same time making sure to be among the first to cross, so I wouldn’t loose any time on the descent. I felt in control and was able to keep my head cool so I knew exactly when to attack at the end."
After his victory in the 2008 Tirreno-Adriatico everyone considered Cancellara to be amongst the favorites this Saturday and as it turned out he managed to time his efforts to perfection.
"I’ve said it before that I’m capable of winning Milano-San Remo, but it’s always difficult to pinpoint exactly when. Today I got the chance and I’m extremely happy to have won this race," concluded Cancellara.
The MILRAM sprinters came across the finish line with the main field.
After the race Alessandro Petacchi told Roadcycling.com: "Actually we were doing quite well. I held myself back on the Poggio, because I was speculating