Milan - San Remo 2018: Favourites

michal kwiatkowski 2017 - Milan - San Remo 2018: FavouritesMilan-San Remo is the perfect race for sprinters who do not back away from an occasional climb. Or for late attackers with a brilliant descent, as was shown by Michal Kwiatkowski in last year's edition. Cyclingstage.com brings you the major contenders in Milan-San Remo 2018. (Slideshow route/profile)

Often, Milan-San Remo ends with a sprint of a decimated peloton, but for last year’s race Michal Kwiatkowski, Peter Sagan and Julian Alaphilippe wanted something else. And not only that, they delivered. Sagan sparked the breakaway on the Poggio and was joined by the other two. The trio flew down the hill in brilliant style and stayed ahead of the chasing peloton in the last kilometres on the flat. Kwiatkowki bested Sagan in a close photo-finish.

Milan-San Remo has thrown up more than its fair share of surprises in its history, 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 Kwiatkowski/Sagan/Alaphilippe-like scenario this year? Or, even more impressive, a solo-win in Fabian Cancellara fashion? Ten years ago the now retired Swizz performed a master piece to jump clear from the peloton with 2 kilometres to go and finish 4 seconds ahead of the troops.

Mark Cavendish (2009), Simon Gerrans (2012), Alexander Kristoff (2014), John Degenkolb (2015), Arnaud Démare (2016), Michal Kwiatkowski (2017) – those are the winners of Milan-San Remo who are still racing. Will we see one of them pocketing his second win at La Primavera, or are we up for a new name on the long list of victors?

Favourites 2018 Milan – San Remo

***** Peter Sagan, Fernando Gaviria, Michael Matthews
**** Greg Van Avermaet, Michal Kwiatkowski, Arnaud Démare, Alexander Kristoff
*** Alexander Kristoff, Philippe Gilbert, Jasper Stuyven, Mark Cavendish
** Ben Swift, Nacer Bouhanni, Matej Mohoric, Matteo Trentin, Elia Viviani
* Jens Debusschere, Danny van Poppel, Vincenzo Nibali, Caleb Ewan, Sonny Colbrelli

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