The first monument of the year proved to be a nail-biting race with a thrilling finale. The riders rolled out of Milan this morning with 293 kilometres still to go. Shortly after the official start was given eight riders attacked and got up the road. The escapees managed to get a maximum advantage over the peloton of seven minutes, with the last of them reeled back in again at the foot of the Poggio.
With the Turchino behind them, the riders hit the coast, heading towards the Capi climbs. The pace in the peloton was gruellingly fast and the Capi were quickly behind them. With the Cipressa insight, the peloton upped the pace once more, with the team doing a brilliant job to bring Søren Kragh Andersen in a good position at the bottom of the climb. The tempo on the climb was gruelling and the peloton exploded, leaving a small group, to crest the top, including Kragh Andersen.
Attacks happened immediately when the thinned down group started the Poggio, with Pogacar and Van Aert trying to get away. With the summit in reach, Kragh Andersen put the hammer down, went all in and attacked. He got up the road with three others and went again, going all-in towards the top. The rest of the group covered the move though and in the descent, Mohoric got away.
After his gutsy attack on the Poggio, Kragh Andersen managed to stay with the small chasing group and sprinted to a very strong and well deserved 7th place for the team, after great teamwork and an all-out attack.
|1||MOHORIČ Matej||Bahrain - Victorious||6:27:49||500|
|3||VAN DER POEL Mathieu||Alpecin-Fenix||,,||325|
|7||KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren||Team DSM||,,||150|
|53||LEKNESSUND Andreas||Team DSM||1:14||5|
|62||HAMILTON Chris||Team DSM||1:22||-|
|63||NIEUWENHUIS Joris||Team DSM||1:50||-|
|122||COMBAUD Romain||Team DSM||10:15||-|
|130||TUSVELD Martijn||Team DSM||,,||-|
|159||VERMAERKE Kevin||Team DSM||21:56||-|