The Milan-Sanremo of the Great Mockery (and the great sleep of the favorites in the final) a Belgian wins. Not the super favorite Wout Van Aert but the solid 28-year-old from Trek-Segafredo Jasper Stuyven, very good at anticipating the leading group with one courageous action in the last two kilometers and then to resist the return by Caleb Ewan (2), Wout Van Aert (3), Peter Sagan e Mathieu Van Der Poel, arrived at the finish line in order.
Best Italian (and only blue in the top ten) Sonny Colbrelli, eighth. Pushed by the wind, the 112 Milan-Sanremo was very fast but also very tactical in the final part, where no one was able to make a difference. No one has tried it on the Cipressa, no one has managed to break the others even on the final ascent of the Poggio where the actions of Julian Alaphilippe first and of Wout Van Aert (defending champion) then only managed to bring in front of a small group of a dozen athletes which remained compact in the descent – not too hard – towards Aurelia.
When Stuyven shared with Kragh Andersen to the ribs, the big names have stalled a little too long, worried about the presence of pure sprinters like Ewan, Sagan and Matthews. And when they finally decided to launch the sprint, Stuyven was a bike too far ahead of everyone to be reached.
I still can’t understand what he has done – he said immediately after the finish Trek racer, athlete with phenomenal results as a junior but with a palmars until Saturday not transcendental among the pros – the action was not foreseen but I decided to launch it because at that point we might as well play it all out. He went luxury.
The great sConfitti of the day are above all Van Der Poel, who messed up a lot on the Poggio to find the top positions wasting a lot of energy, and Caleb Ewan who proved to be in excellent condition.
Doubts also about the conduct of a race Team Ineos who pulled to death with four men in front in the final for then sacrifice Pippo Ganna to make a hellish rhythm on the Poggio (instead of trying to launch it in the last kilometer) without having winning points to launch towards the finish line. As for the other Azzurri, 12 place for Matteo Trentin, 18 for Matteo Nizzolo.
March 20, 2021 (change March 20, 2021 | 17:10)