Milan - San Remo 2015: Degenkolb takes La Primavera!

John DegenkolbIn 293 kilometres the attrition called Milano-Sanremo races to the finish line at the Via Roma in the Ligurian coastal town. Alexander Kristoff opens the sprint with 250 metres left. Is he heading for Italian glory for a second time in a row? No, he isn't. In the last metres he is gobbled up by Strong John (Degenkolb). (Slideshow route/profile)

Milaan – Sam Remo 2015 – race results

1. John Degenkolb (ger) s.t.
2. Alexander Kristoff (nor) s.t.
3. Michael Matthews (aus) s.t.
4. Peter Sagan (svk) s.t.
5. Niccolo Bonifazio (ita) s.t.
6. FNacer Bouhanni (fra) s.t.
7. Fabian Cancellara (swi) s.t.
8. Davide Cimolai (ita) s.t.
9. Tony Gallopin (fra) s.t.
10. Edvald Boasson Hagen (nor) s.t.

Race report
It’s cold and wet at the official start in Via della Chiesa Rossa in Milano. It doesn’t take for a break of 11 riders to take shape – Tjallingii, Barta, Bono, Peron, Pauwels, Frapporti, Pirazzi, Kurek, Dall’Antonia and Bérard. The gap balloons to over 10 minutes in no time.

At the Passo del Turchino it’s down to under 9 minutes and the gap keeps shrinking. Molano is the first to be droped and at the flanks of Capo Berta Bérard, Bono, Pirazzi and Pauwels are the last men standing. With 32 km’s left Bono is flying – solo-time! He is still ons his own when the Cipressa appears.

Once atop Bono’s solo is history and Cavendish is dropped.

Daniel Oss and Geraint Thomas are off and they race to a half minute gain, but when cresting the Pogio the pack is back together. In the descent Kwiatkowski, Gilbert, Ciolek and Stybar hit the deck.

Alexander Kristoff opens the sprint with 250 metres left and in the last two meters John Degenkolb smashes the Norwegian’s dreams.

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