Milan-San Remo only really comes to life in the final hour of racing. In 2019, it took until the Poggio for the favourites to come to the fore but they did so in a big way. Zdenek Stybar and Philippe Gilbert set up a furious pace for Julian Alaphilippe to launch the race deciding move bringing in attacker Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First) and drawing out a quality group of top-contenders. Alaphilippe then finished the job outsprinting the group in San Remo.

La Primavera is the first Monument of the season and it was no surprise to see a rider from Patrick Lefebvre’s team win. Alaphilippe had already taken WorldTour wins at Strade Bianche and two stages victories at Tirreno-Adriatico, one a surprise win in from a bunch sprint.

The season continues moving along and in only three weeks, Paris-Roubaix will wrap up the cobbled classics before the Ardennes specialists like Alaphilippe come back to the fore for Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallone and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.


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