It was the second victory for Rad-Star: the Belgians win the classic Milan-Sanremo

The former world Cross country champion Wout van Aert is the long Corona-forced break in Cycling, the man of the hour. Only a week after his convincing victory

It was the second victory for Rad-Star: the Belgians win the classic Milan-Sanremo

The former world Cross country champion Wout van Aert is the long Corona-forced break in Cycling, the man of the hour. Only a week after his convincing victory at the SCHOTT Strade Bianche race celebrated the 25-year-old Belgians in Milan-Sanremo, his first major classic victory. Van Aert continued on Saturday in the 111. Edition of the race, which had been postponed due to the Corona pandemic in the spring and in the summer, in the Sprint against the French last year's winner Julian Alaphilippe by.

The Duo had settled on the climb up to Poggio and to 305 kilometres – the longest distance in the history of Milan-Sanremo – a few seconds saved into the target. "I'm super happy, this is incredible. To start So in the second part of the season, is crazy,“ said van Aert, was the first Belgian victory since Andrei Tchmil in 1999.

German play no role

the German driver played in the decision. Classics specialist John Degenkolb, who had triumphed in Sanremo 2015, was missing this time, in the same way as Nils Politt, the runner-up of Paris-Roubaix from the previous year. Degenkolb's preparing for the tour of Poland on the Tour de France. Politt at the Tour de l'ain on-the-go.

The preliminary rounds, fell at the last increase, as Alaphilippe attacked and a hole in the drilldown. Only van Aert could follow, out together, the Duo killed right in Via Roma, which was filled because of Corona limitations, only sparse. The first big chase group has not come completely. Michael Matthews from the German Sunweb remained for the Australian Team, only the third place, the three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Slovakia/Bora-hansgrohe) followed directly behind it.

it was different this time at Milan-Sanremo. Temperatures of over 30 degrees were on the long road for a sweaty affair, where the "Primavera", so the "journey in the spring" had become in the previous years, sometimes even uncomfortable.

the track had to be considerably modified. Alone the 130 km long journey along the Ligurian coast, had to be omitted, because in the tourist season, many places were transverse. So it went this time through the interior of the country.

in addition, in the short term, a redirect be installed. The violent storms in Alexandria in the past few days, made a road through the impossible, whereby the distance of 299 to 305 kilometres grew. A record in the long history of the race. The last 40 miles of the route remained the same. And since it was the climbs of Cipressa and Poggio to the point.

Updated Date: 08 August 2020, 14:19

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