Milan - San Remo 2017: Favourites

Milan-San Remo is the perfect race for sprinters who do not back away from an occasional climb. Who will follow in the footsteps of Arnaud Démare? Or is he able to win La Primavera again in 2017? takes a closer look at the favourites to win Milan-San Remo. (Slideshow route/profile)

Usually Milan-San Remo ends with a sprint of a decimated peloton. The last time a rider arrived solo was when Fabian Cancellara performed a master piece to finish 4 seconds ahead of the troops in 2008.

Milan-San Remo has thrown up more than its fair share of surprises in recent years, still, sprinters who are in the mix at the top of the Poggio are the ones who are the likely victors. Or will we see a Cancellara-like scenario from somebody like Peter Sagan or Greg Van Avermaet?

Riders on 2017’s start list who do know how it feels to win La Primavera are Mark Cavendish (2009), Alexander Kristoff (2014), John Degenkolb (2015) and Arnaud Démare (2016).

Recently, title defender Démare proved to be in great shape by winning a stage and wearing Paris-Nice’s leaders jersey for a few days, while Van Avermaet (Omloop Het Nieuwsblad), Sagan (Brussel-Kuurne-Brussel, two stages Tirreno-Adriatico), Gaviria (stage win Tirreno-Adriatico), Kwiatkowski (Strade Bianche), Kristoff (l’Etoile de Bessèges, three stage wins Tour of Oman), Degenkolb (stage win Dubai Tour), Cavendish (stage win Abu Dhabi Tour), Ewan (four stages Tour Down Under, stage win Abu Dhabi Tour), Sonny Colbrelli (stage win Paris-Nice) and Sam Bennett (stage win Paris-Nice) have been successfull also this season.

Favourites Milaan-San Remo 2017

*** John Degenkolb, Arnaud Démare, Michal Kwiatkowski, Peter Sagan, Fernando Gaviria
** Alexander Kristoff, Ben Swift, Mark Cavendish, Caleb Ewan, Greg Van Avermaet, Michael Matthews
* Edvald Boasson Hagen, Elia Viviani, Nacer Bouhanni, Sondre Holst Enger, Sam Bennett, Sonny Colbrelli

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