Milan-San Remo - An underdog win

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03/18/2013| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
While Peter Sagan and Cancellara were eyeballing each other like a shark might a fat seal, Ciolek was the sucker fish attached to the belly Fotoreporter Sirotti

Milan-San Remo - An underdog win

It's a race for the sprinter, except when it isn't.

the Poggio. On the descent he displayed his mountain biking skills (which was his entry into cycling) by arcing through the turns with surgical skill.

Equally impressive was Cancellara. He’s been on the top step in San Remo, but also the bridesmaid too many times. The big Swiss rider made it perfectly clear to the press that he wasn’t going to lead Sagan to the altar.

The last kilometers played out perfectly for Gerald Ciolek. The German watched wheels and took advantage of his underdog status. While Peter Sagan and Cancellara were eyeballing each other like a shark might a fat seal, Ciolek was the sucker fish attached to the belly. He followed the Cannondale rider’s wheel and launched off Sagan’s wheel with about 100 meters to go.

This edition of the Milan-San Remo classic is going down in history: Epic weather, hard fought battles, and the underdog taking the win. Oh, and the place where ugly helmets went mainstream.

For our US-based readers we have video highlights from the Vuelta Ciclista a Catalunya all week in our videos section . Watch riders including Bradley Wiggins, Ryder Hesjedal and Joaquim Rodriguez as they battle under the warm Spanish sun - wearing nicer lids than the riders did in Milan-San Remo. Also, riders such as David Zabriskie, Christian Vande Velde and Tom Danielson are returning to the pro peloton in this race after their six month doping-related suspensions.

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