Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Milano - Sanremo 2014

Riders exit the tunnel on the Turchino Pass in 1955 (courtesy of "The Spring Classics")

Sunday is Milano - Sanremo, "La Classicissima" or "La Primavera" the start of the REAL pro racing season. Here's a link to a video clip from 1960, when the climb of the Poggio made its debut in an attempt to make it harder for pure-sprinters to win.

In 2008 they added another climb, Le Manie to further discourage the sprinters with about the same amount of success. For 2014 the plan was to remove this and substitute a climb named Pompeiana later in the route. Mudslides have prevented this, so for 2014 it's back to the route used from 1960-2007.

You can check on video coverage here though some of it may be unauthorized.

We still have a couple of places left on our homage to this great race, a tour we're calling La Primavera. Anyone who remembers the snow of the 2013 event will understand why we're running this tour in June!

In addition to following this storied route, including the Manie climb, we'll pay respect to men who won this race a total of 9 times, Costante Girardengo and Fausto Coppi with a visit to both Castellania and Novi Ligure.

This is truly a tour like no other, don't miss out!

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