Sunday, 17 March 2013
Picture This: Gerald Ciolek Wins Milan-San Remo
We all suspected that today's Milan-San Remo would be a straight battle between Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara, and it was - for second place. Sagan's face in the picture above as he's pipped to the win by German Gerald Ciolek tells it all. An extremely tough day in torrential rain and snow paused at the halfway point, re-routed and re-started topped off with a weather beaten select group of riders heading for the home straight - it looked like Sagan had this one in the bag, but not even he expected to be overhauled on the line by a supreme sprint from MTN-Qhubeka rider, former Cavendish lead-out man and under 18 national road race champion Ciolek. An extraordinary win for him but a massive deal for MTN-Qhubeka: No African team had ever won a WorldTour race before, now they have won one of the five Monuments. All the riders that started and finished the race deserve a pat on the back - a great day of racing created by individual stories in extreme circumstances and story of the day was while some big names stepped down from their bikes and abandoned the race, a smaller name went on to beat his rivals, the weather and win an extraordinary race. Chapeau.