CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"I feel like I have two chances to win: either in a sprint from a group or by following an attack on the Poggio. It's my third attempt here and I have learned that the Cipressa and Poggio are key to understand if you can win or not...

Photo: Sirotti

ELIA VIVIANI

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

MILANO - SANREMO

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

MORENO MOSER

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

PETER SAGAN

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
16.03.2013 @ 10:53 Posted by Jesper Johannesen

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) enters this year's edition of Milan-Sanremo as the most overwhelming favourite the race has seen for years. The young Slovak is unfazed by the expectations and looks to use his versatility to figure in any kind of final to the race.

 

Peter Sagan has done little to hide his amazing conditions this year. After a slow start to the year in San Luis, he was already in blistering form in Oman where he clocked up two stage wins before a bronchitis forced him out of the race. He returned to Europe to clock up a victory in the GP Citta di Camaiore, and his superiority was the main reason for the 1-2 victory of Cannondale in Strade Bianche.

 

In his final preparation race to Milan-Sanremo, the Tirreno-Adriatico, he used his two stage wins to showcase each of the two attributes which are fundamental to success this Sunday on Longomare Italo Calvino in Sanremo. He won the third stage in a sprint ahead of the likes of Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel, and he delivered a stunning performance by using his climbing and descending skills to match the world's best climbers on the steep ascents of the epic penultimate stage.

 

It is no wonder that Sagan enters La Primavera as the overwhelming favourite. However, the young Slovakian has never been stressed by outside pressure, and he was his usual calm self in yesterday's pre-race press conference.

 

"Every year I expect to grow," he said. "For this, we'll look to have a good showing. I don't feel pressured to be the number one favorite. I feel good, I have a competitive team, so I can't ask for more to face this race calmly. It's said that they will race against me, but I don't think that there are riders ready to lose instead of trying to win. I know that tactics count a lot in a race like Sanremo, but I don't want to think too much about them. There are too many variables. You think of one type of race, but the reality turns out to be the opposite."

 

Many riders have pointed to the expected bad weather conditions as an important factor in this year's race. Sagan has never had any problems in the rain, and treacherous descents even turn out to be an advantage for the formidable descender.

 

"After a good start of the season, my expectations are high," he told. "I want to race a good race, at the front. We have a good team to aim at a good result. The forecast could make it an even tougher race, but that will be the case for everyone. The biggest risk is that there will be over two hundred riders, and it's tough to move in such a big group."

 

The versatility he displayed in Tirreno-Adriatico makes Sagan one of the rare few capable of winning the race from both of the most common Sanremo scenario - a fact he does not hesitate to point out.

 

"I feel like I have two chances to win: either in a sprint from a group or by following an attack on the Poggio," he said. "It's my third attempt here, and I have learned that the Cipressa and Poggio are key to understand if you can win or not. I'll see for myself and not think too much about what the others can do, and I'll count on my teammates. They can help make the difference."

 

Moser uncertain ahead of debut race

Sagan's most trusted domestique will be another young talent, Moreno Moser. The nephew of namesake Francesco gave another display of masterful team tactics at the Strade Bianche where he benefitted from their rivals' fear of Sagan to escape a select group of favourites to become the first Italian winner of that new Italian classic.

 

Another Moser attack on the Cipressa is certainly one possible tool in the Cannondale tactics, but the winner of last year's Tour of Poland makes his debut and he is uncertain how to handle the year's longest race.

 

"I am at my first Milan-San Remo," Moser explained. "I've never raced this many kilometers. That's an important variable and I'm not sure what to expect. What's best is if I'm able to stay in the front and hold on until after the Poggio and help Peter. He'll count on team tactics, and my biggest satisfaction on Sunday would be to see Peter win."

 

Viviani puts his services behind Sagan

The team's other main sprinter, Elia Viviani, used the Paris-Nice to make his strong form visible to the world of cycling. Two podium places in the first two sprint stages and a stint in the leader's jersey made his participation in the French race a huge success.

 

He makes his second appearance in Sanremo tomorrow, and even if he harbours future ambitions in the biggest Italian one-day race, he is ready to put his services completely behind his Slovakian teammate.

 

"I arrive after with a different preparation than last year," Viviani explained. "A few less results, but races that left me able to achieve a decent form. Peter and Moreno have given a calmness to the team, and what counts for me is to be in the front and be useful in the finale."

 

Amadio: We will take our responsibility

Team manager Roberto Amadio knows that their favourite status forces the squad to carry plenty of responsibility. With Sagan's climbing strength, the team will certainly try to make the race hard all the way from the climb of Le Manie to tire out the sprinter's legs.

 

Amadio's sees some potential allies in this strategy and points to the BMC team of Thor Hushovd and Philippe Gilbert and - surprisingly - Omega Pharma-Quick Step of star sprinter Mark Cavendish to lend the green-clad team a hand.

 

"We have three strong guys with clear goals," he said. "Peter will be our leader and comes here with a great condition. Many are making us favorites, but I think that Cannondale Pro Cycling isn't the only team that is hungry to win this race. We're ready to take our responsibility, knowing that we can't control all three hundred kilometers. I also look to the other teams like Omega Pharma and BMC first and foremost. There are lots of winners ready to go, from Hushovd and Gilbert, from Cavendish to Boonen, and then Cancellara, among others. Sunday we'll give a great show to the sport of cycling."

 

You can follow Sagan's attempt to win his first monument live on CyclingQuotes.com/live on Sunday starting at 14.30. Until then you can prepare for the race by studying our preview.

 

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13

Currently no news in this list

Francisco Javier ARAMENDIA LORENTE
36 years | today
Samuel MUGISHA
25 years | today
David RÖSCH
34 years | today
Jose YUSTIZ
26 years | today
Max JENKINS
36 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com