Illness continues to wrack the pro peloton, with three Milan-San Remo champions including reigning titlist Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) announcing over the last couple of days that they will miss Saturday’s La Classicissima di Primavera, the first Monument of the year, through sickness.
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Two-time runner up Caleb Ewan will also miss out because of sickness, as will Paris-Roubaix champion Sonny Colbrelli.
Both Slovenian superstars are in the race and Tadej Pogačar, winner of three of the first five rounds on the WorldTour, has slightly higher odds that Wout Van Aert. Van Aert took Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in late February and his teammate Primož Roglič recently wrapped up his first Paris-Nice title.
Mathieu van der Poel will make his season debut at Milan-San Remo after three months away from racing to rehab a bad back.
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Alex Cataford will make his Milan-San Remo for Israel-Premier Tech; he’ll be the lone Canadian entrant.