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March 22/15 14:05 pm - Milan - Sanremo

Posted by Editoress on 03/22/15

Germany's John Degenkolb won the 106th Milano - Sanremo, beating last year's winner, the Norwegian Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha), and Australian Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE).


With a huge sprint during the final 200m of the 293km Milan-Sanremo, John Degenkolb raced to a huge victory at the end of the opening marker of the season in Italy.

The race came down to a small bunch sprint after the ascents of the Cipressa and the Poggio, and after being supported by Tom Dumoulin in the final stages, Degenkolb timed his move perfectly in the finishing straight to take the win in Sanremo.

How it happened

The race got underway with the usual early breakaway, with 11 riders pulling clear in the early stages to spend the day out front. Their lead quickly grew to over ten minutes but the peloton wasn’t letting the lead get out of hand and they quickly brought it under control.

Team Giant-Alpecin headed into the race with a clear plan – to look after John and keep him as fresh as possible until when the fireworks kicked off on the final two climbs of the 293km race. They did this perfectly and with the race back together ahead of the Cipressa John was in a good position near the front of the bunch with support in numbers.

The front group continued to shrink over the Cipressa as the attacks came and the pace continued to rise. At the bottom of the descent two riders pulled clear and spent the following kilometres building a 30 second advantage. Up the Poggio their advantage started to fall and over the top the front of the race was back together once again.

Degenkolb had Tom Dumoulin for support ahead of the Poggio and down the other side on the run in to the finish. On the final flat run-in to the finish, the pace was raised by Katusha once again with last year’s winner Alexander Kristoff in second wheel, but Degenkolb was where he needed to be in fourth wheel waiting for his moment.

As Kristoff opened up the sprint Degenkolb followed and then made his move just when needed to pull through for a convincing win by 3/4 of a bike length.

Team Giant-Alpecin  press release







“It was pure emotion. For a moment I couldn’t believe it. 50m before the line I definitely thought I would not be able to beat Alex [Kristoff] in the sprint because he started really fast. But I kept believing in myself. There was still a difference in power and speed, but just before the line he died and I came across first. It was pure emotion, and I thought about last year, when I had tears in my eyes because I had the biggest disappointment in cycling in my life [Note he finished 39th at 1:54”]. This year I had tears in my eyes because I had won. It’s cool.”


Milano to Sanremo, 293 km
1 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant - Alpecin 6:46:16
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
3 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Saxo
5 Niccolo' Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre - Merida
6 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
7 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
8 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - Merida
9 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
10 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - Qhubeka
11 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
12 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff Saxo
13 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
14 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Team Cannondale - Garmin
15 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
16 Grega Bole (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
17 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL - Jumbo
18 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
19 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
20 Aleja Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team
21 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
22 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
23 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling
24 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Esp) Movistar Team
25 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin
26 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing all s.t.
27 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r La Mondiale 0:06
28 Nathan Haas (Aus) Team Cannondale - Garmin s.t.
29 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Saxo 0:09
30 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha 0:11
31 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:12
32 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ 0:23
33 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ
34 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ
35 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE
36 Rein Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
37 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEDGE
38 Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team
39 Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo
40 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Cannondale - Garmin
41 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre - Merida
42 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
43 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
44 Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale
45 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
46 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step
47 Andre' Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal all s.t.
48 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Ag2r La Mondiale 0:51
49 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:56
50 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 1:18
51 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team
52 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre - Merida both s.t.
53 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 2:38
54 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:52
55 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 3:00
56 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step
57 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
58 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team all s.t.
59 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka 3:38
60 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 4:38
61 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
62 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
63 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal
64 Julian Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing
65 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha all s.t.
66 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 4:41
67 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step 4:56
68 Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step s.t.
69 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin 4:59
70 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant - Alpecin
71 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka
72 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
73 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha
74 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team
75 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
76 Jérome Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling
77 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
78 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora - Argon 18
79 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka
80 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
81 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Esp) Movistar Team
82 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Merida
83 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
84 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
85 Juan Jo Lobato Del Valle (Esp) Movistar Team
86 Michal Golas (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step
87 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
88 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
89 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Bora - Argon 18
90 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team
91 Bert Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo
92 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha
93 Axel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre - Merida
94 Dmitry Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha
95 Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Team Cannondale - Garmin
96 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
97 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
98 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora - Argon 18
99 Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
100 Jacobus Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka all s.t.
101 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling 6:30
102 Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia 7:08
103 Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF
104 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin
105 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky
106 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora - Argon 18
107 Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia
108 Jack Bauer (NZl) Team Cannondale - Garmin all s.t.
109 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Bora - Argon 18 8:27
110 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo 8:57
111 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
112 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida
113 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo
114 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo
115 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Esp) IAM Cycling
116 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal
117 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
118 Brayan St Ramirez Chacon (Col) Colombia all s.t.
119 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF 11:30
120 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step
121 Jan Barta (Cze) Bora - Argon 18
122 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
123 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff Saxo
124 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora - Argon 18
125 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff Saxo all s.t.
126 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli 11:37
127 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
128 Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ
129 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
130 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
131 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
132 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling
133 Jasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
134 Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
135 Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
136 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ
137 Moreno Moser (Ita) Team Cannondale - Garmin all s.t.
138 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 14:58
139 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
140 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
141 Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF
142 Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
143 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
144 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNL - Jumbo
145 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ
146 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
147 Rick Flens (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo
148 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff Saxo
149 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant - Alpecin
150 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
151 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin
152 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant - Alpecin
153 Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
154 Edwin Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia
155 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia
156 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale
157 Steven Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka
158 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
159 Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk all s.t.
160 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ 20:41
DNF Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Credits

199 starters


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