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Milan San Remo - Ciolek wins as weather wreaks havoc
By Mark Sharon
Date: 3/17/2013
Milan San Remo - Ciolek wins as weather wreaks havoc

2013 Milan San Remo

I hope you all agree that this was a very interesting race, and none the worse for the drama in the middle with a chunk dropped because of snow.

Ciolek expressed his feeling about the win. "It was a big surprise. I got a great chance. I had full support from my team."

1. Gerald Ciolek, 6h 37'20"
2. Peter Sagan
3. Fabian Cancellara
4. Sylvain Chavanel
5. Luca Paolini
6. Ian Stannard
7 Taylor Phinney
8. Alexander kristoff
9. Mark Cavendish
10.Bernhard Eisel

It is the last sprint - Gerald Ciolek wins!!!!

It is lining up - six riders left.

Last kilometre!

3km of flat to go. Peter Sagan has to be the favourite as he attacks. Cancellara responds. Stananrd attacks and opens a small gap.

It will almost certainly be a group finish - how big?

A chasing group with Ceolik, Cancellara, Sagan, Pozzato, Paolini has formed - a real threat to Stananrd and Chavanel and they are caught. Now it is a group of six.

Stannard attacks Chavanel just before the summit. Luca Paolini attacks the group now.

7km to go. Gap is 33" - it is going out! Now the descent. Peter Sagan and Cannodale is massing on the front of the peloton. Too late?

Stannard attacks! Chavanel matches the pace, Vorganov is dropped. The peloton has not made an impression, and the gap is 25". If it lasts until the top, who knows... becasue Maxim Iglinsky has attacked the main group.

10kn to go. The leaders are maxing out effort to create the biggest advantage possible on the Poggio. It may be cold, but the racing is red hot.

If this three can stay away then it could be a head to head between Stannard and Chavanel. Chavanel has the experience and form. Stannard the youth. The peloton has organised itself, but have to claim back a lead of 25". Is it enough - probably not.

Just the Poggio for three leaders, Vorganov, Stannard and Chavanel, chased at 100m by Gilbert, Roelandts. The peloton is hesitating.

Oooops - forgot to mention Philippe Gilbert (BMC), who has shot off the front. The World Champion has made the right decision on the descent. It is treacherous. Chavanel, Ian Stananrd (Sky) and Fabian Cancellara have caught up. Classy group.

23.4km to go. Anyone who wants to win has to drop the remaining sprinter's teams. The peloton is rocketing up the Cipressa now the worst is over. Hard to appreciate just what conditions they have had to endure.

24.2km to go. It's the Cipressa. There is now a new group off the front, which includes the phantom abandon Sylvain Chavanel, as well as Thomas Lokqvist and Maxime Bouet.


Edvald Boassen Hagen is suffering. Not Sky's day perhaps. Simon Gerrans is also strugging to keep the pace.


Crash!!! - three or four Sky rider's down, including Geraint Thomas - potential disaster for Sky. Tyler Farrar of Garmin Sharp is involved.

It is still bleak out there. The rain has stopped but the roads are saturated. The Cipressa is next. The start of the climb is steep - 12%

17.11 CET, 32km to go. The chasing group has fractured. Where are the favourites: The leaders, Rosa, Bak and Belkov, are within sight of being caught... and it's over.

Vasil Kiryienka is hammering away on the front of the peloton for Sky dragging the group into a line. The leaders have just 20 seconds left of their day in the spotlight.

The three leaders are descending the Capo Berta. It is a tricky descent, Twisting and turning. I rode this section of the course a couple of the years ago in the dry - it was fast and fun - not so today. They are now in the streets of Imperia and the next test is the Cipressa.

40km to go. Vicenzo Nibali appears to have abandoned. The lead gorup has shrunk to three riders on the Capo Berta with just 1'12" lead. The chasing group is being lead by Sky and OPQS. Chavanel has ben spotted near the front.

Apparently Chavanel has not abandoned the race as was reported earlier - which keeps things interesting.

16.47 CET, 48 km to go.The chasing group is looking around at each other wondering who is going to take the initiative. The leaders are on the Capo Cervo and are maintaining their lead. Vicenzo Nibali (Astana) is back at the team car disrobing or changing jackets.

Sky is on the front of the chasing group. The leaders have managed to push on a bit and have pushed the lead to 3'03". The three Capi could be a real decider for the fate of the leaders. The peloton won't have the same advantages of being a group, but on the other hand riders who have been protected in the bunch can take a turn.

Could this be a day for some of the tough wily 'old' guys, Alessandro Petacchi and Stuey O'Grady come to mind.

Conditions on the Milan San Remo© Mtn Qhubeka

53.8km. The now five leaders have had their advantage tumble rapidly, as they approach a clutch of three climbs the Capo Mele, Capo Cervo and Capo Berta. The lead is 2'42". Filippo Fortin is the missing rider.

Sylvain Chavanel (OPQS) has abandoned. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) was off the back of the peloton but he could be just picking up supplies or clothing.

66.8km to go. The Isle Man breeds them tough. Cavendish is now not even wearing leg warmers. The riders are in the second feed zone - welcome sustenance.

Lotto Belisol put out this picture on twitter which well illustrates conditins earlier today:

Lotto-Belisol Twitter Picture

16.12 CET, 73km to go. The lead group has seen its advantage whittled down to 4'30". The chasing group is being lead by Sky for Cavendish, Orica GreenEdge for Simon Gerrand, and Cannondale for Peter Sagan. Lars Bak is giving us a clear sign of the cold. He was blowing into his gloves to warm them up, then he went back to the neutral service vhecile to get help opening an energy bar or a gel

Tom Boonen who abandoned during the enforced stop made the following angry statement: "I think my decision says enough. This is partly a precaution, but also a statement to the organisation. They knew long enough that there was so much snow on the road. What happens now is the fault of the organisation. Have you ever wanted to bicycle through the snow? There are nicer things than this. I'm completely frozen"

Plenty of riders having problems, punctures, and a near crash with one rider trying to take off a jacket at speed. Vicenzo Nibali is shaking an arm trying to get the blood flowing. Michel Kwiatowski (OPQS) either wants a jacket or a lift.

15.56, 85km to go. Lead group has 5'10" lead. No body,not even a dog walker, on the Ligurian beaches, but a remarkably large number of people on the roadside,

Race Route for 2013

Milan San Remo © Gazetta dello Sport

For your amusement here is a tweet by Mark Cavendish made while he was in the team bus:

15.46 CET, 92.1km to go. The lead group has a lead of 5'36" and is battling miserable weather conditions.

15.36 CET, 100km to go.Matt Goss has retired from the race. Orica GreenEdge still has Simon Gerrans in the frame ofr the win, but with the Turchino Pass out of the frame the other sprinters now have a better chance.

15.15 CET The Milan San Remo is hard enough as it is on a good day, but heavy rain and snow has made it even tougher this year with the race neutralised between 117km and 163km because of heavy snow fall on the Turchino Pass. Riders were put in buses and taken to resume in Cogoleto losing 46km of the course.

The official statement from the race organisers was:

"Due to the unfavourable weather, the Race Management – by agreement with the Commissaires Panel – has decided to neutralize the race in the stretch of route between Ovada and Arenzano (subject to further assessment of the weather conditions in Arenzano). The race time of the breakaways and their lead over the chasing group will be "frozen" in Ovada and the status quo will then be resumed in Arenzano, where the race will start again around 2:30pm."

The race has now resumed with 131km remaining. A lead group of six have a 7'03" lead of a chase group. A number of riders have abandoned including Terpstra and Boonen which will leave Cavendish short of helpers.

The lead group is: Matteo Montaguti (Ag2R), Lars Bak (Lotto Belisol), Pablo Lastras (Movistar), Filippo Fortin (Bardiani Valvole), Maxim Belkov (Katusha) and Diego Rosa (Androni Giocatto).

Start List

Orica GreenEdge
1 Simon Gerrans (Aus)
2 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus)
3 Baden Cooke (Aus)
4 Daryl Impey (RSA)
5 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned)
6 Stuart O'Grady (Aus)
7 Jens Keukeleire (Bel)
8 Jens Mouris (Ned)

AG2R La Mondiale
11 Davide Appollonio (Ita)
12 Manuel Belletti (Ita)
13 Maxime Bouet (Fra)
14 Steve Chainel (Fra)
15 Romain Bardet (Fra)
16 Hugo Houle (Can)
17 Ben Gastauer (Lux)
18 Matteo Montaguti (Ita)

Androni Giocattoli
21 Franco Pellizotti (Ita)
22 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita)
23 Fabio Felline (Ita)
24 Tomas Aurelio Gil Martinez (Ven)
25 Diego Rosa (Ita)
26 Jackson Rodriguez (Ven)
27 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col)
28 Emanuele Sella (Ita)

Astana Pro Team
31 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita)
32 Borut Bozic (Slo)
33 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita)
34 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita)
35 Andriy Grivko (Ukr)
36 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz)
37 Simone Ponzi (Ita)
38 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita)

Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox
41 Sacha Modolo (Ita)
42 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita)
43 Enrico Battaglin (Ita)
44 Nicola Boem (Ita)
45 Marco Canola (Ita)
46 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita)
47 Filippo Fortin (Ita)
48 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita)

Team Blanco
51 Mark Renshaw (Aus)
52 Rick Flens (Ned)
53 Paul Martens (Ger)
54 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor)
55 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned)
56 David Tanner (Aus)
57 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned)
58 Maarten Wijnants (Bel)

BMC Racing Team
61 Philippe Gilbert (Bel)
62 Thor Hushovd (Nor)
63 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel)
64 Daniel Oss (Ita)
65 Taylor Phinney (USA)
66 Manuel Quinziato (Ita)
67 Michael Schär (Swi)
68 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)

71 Peter Sagan (Svk)
72 Maciej Bodnar (Pol)
73 Damiano Caruso (Ita)
74 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita)
75 Kristijan Koren (Slo)
76 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita)
77 Moreno Moser (Ita)
78 Elia Viviani (Ita)

Euskaltel Euskadi
81 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa)
82 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa)
83 Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa)
84 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa)
85 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa)
86 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa)
87 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre)
88 Robert Vrecer (Slo)

91 Arnaud Demare (Fra)
92 William Bonnet (Fra)
93 Mickaël Delage (Fra)
94 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra)
95 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra)
96 Yoann Offredo (Fra)
97 Anthony Roux (Fra)
98 Arthur Vichot (Fra)

Garmin Sharp
101 Tyler Farrar (USA)
102 Jack Bauer (NZl)
103 Alex Howes (USA)
104 Robert Hunter (RSA)
105 David Millar (GBr)
106 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu)
107 Johan Van Summeren (Bel)
108 Fabian Wegmann (Ger)

IAM Cycling
111 Marco Bandiera (Ita)
112 Stefan Denifl (Aut)
113 Martin Elmiger (Swi)
114 Heinrich Haussler (Aus)
115 Dominic Klemme (Ger)
116 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe)
117 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe)
118 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat)

Team Katusha
121 Luca Paolini (Ita)
122 Maxim Belkov (Rus)
123 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Esp)
124 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus)
125 Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
126 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr)
127 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa)
128 Eduard Vorganov (Rus)

131 Filippo Pozzato (Ita)
132 Davide Cimolai (Ita)
133 Roberto Ferrari (Ita)
134 Massimo Graziato (Ita)
135 Adriano Malori (Ita)
136 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita)
137 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita)
138 Diego Ulissi (Ita)

Lotto Belisol
141 Andre Greipel (Ger)
142 Lars Ytting Bak (Den)
143 Adam Hansen (Aus)
144 Gregory Henderson (NZl)
145 Vincente Reynes (Spa)
146 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel)
147 Marcel Sieberg (Ger)
148 Frederik Willems (Bel)

Movistar Team
151 Giovanni Visconti (Ita)
152 Andrey Amador Bipkazacova (Crc)
153 Nicolas Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa)
154 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa)
155 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa)
156 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa)
157 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa)
158 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa)

MTN - Qhubeka
161 Gerald Ciolek (Ger)
162 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa)
163 Martin Reimer (Ger)
164 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita)
165 Jim Songezo (RSA)
166 Andreas Stauff (Ger)
167 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA)
168 Jacobus Venter (RSA)

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
171 Mark Cavendish (GBr)
172 Tom Boonen (Bel)
173 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)
174 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol)
175 Zdenek Stybar (Cze)
176 Niki Terpstra (Ned)
177 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel)
178 Martin Velits (Svk)

RadioShack Leopard
181 Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
182 Danilo Hondo (Ger)
183 Maxime Monfort (Bel)
184 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita)
185 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr)
186 Grégory Rast (Swi)
187 Hayden Roulston (NZl)
188 Jesse Sergent (NZl)

Sky Procycling
191 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor)
192 Bernhard Eisel (Aut)
193 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr)
194 Salvatore Puccio (Ita)
195 Gabriel Rasch (Nor)
196 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr)
197 Ian Stannard (GBr)
198 Geraint Thomas (GBr)

Team Argos-Shimano
201 John Degenkolb (Ger)
202 Roy Curvers (Ned)
203 Koen de Kort (Ned)
204 Tom Dumoulin (Ned)
205 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger)
206 Simon Geschke (Ger)
207 Cheng Ji (Chn)
208 Matthieu Sprick (Fra)

Team Europcar
211 Thomas Voeckler (Fra)
212 Jerome Cousin (Fra)
213 Yohann Gene (Fra)
214 Jérôme Vincent (Fra)
215 Davide Malacarne (Ita)
216 Björn Thurau (Ger)
217 Sébastien Turgot (Fra)
218 David Veilleux (Can)

Team Saxo-Tinkoff
221 Daniele Bennati (Ita)
222 Manuele Boaro (Ita)
223 Matti Breschel (Den)
224 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus)
225 Jonas Aaen Jørgensen (Den)
226 Michael Christiansen Mørkøv (Den)
227 Michael Rogers (Aus)
228 Matteo Tosatto (Ita)

Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
231 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa)
232 Kris Boeckmans (Bel)
233 Grega Bole (Slo)
234 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb)
235 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned)
236 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita)
237 Boy Van Poppel (Ned)
238 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel)

Vini Fantini
241 Francesco Chicchi (Ita)
242 Mauro Finetto (Ita)
243 Oscar Gatto (Ita)
244 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel)
245 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven)
246 Alessandro Proni (Ita)
247 Matteo Rabottini (Ita)
248 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita)


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