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Five talking points from Milan-San Remo 2022

Five talking points from Milan-San Remo 2022

Mohorič triumphs with a descent for the ages Thirty years on from Sean Kelly’s famous descent of the Poggio, Matej Mohorič (Bahrain-Victorious) produced his own…

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Mohorič triumphs with a descent for the ages

Thirty years on from Sean Kelly’s famous descent of the Poggio, Matej Mohorič (Bahrain-Victorious) produced his own descending masterclass to win this year’s Milan-San Remo.

Mohorič is renowned for his prowess going downhill, and he put all his skills to use in a breathless, daredevil finale. It was hair-raising to witness, as the Slovenian bunny-hopped out of the gutter, virtually bounced off a wall, and very nearly slipped his chain, yet somehow stayed upright to take victory.

For all the talk of the battle of the puncheurs on the Poggio and the sprinters on the Via Roma, Mohorič’s ride showed how the more niche skill of descending can also determine the winner of La Primavera. It was also meticulously planned, too, as he described at the finish how he had been targeting this race since the winter, and was using a mountain bike dropper post with this descent specifically in mind.

From a rider credited for popularising the supertuck position, this result proves him to be one of cycling’s great innovators, as well as one of the boldest. To summit the Poggio with a deficit to a quality leading quartet of Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Søren Kragh Andersen (DSM) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), and then go on to win solo simply by descending faster than everyone else was a truly remarkable ride, and one that will surely be remembered as one of the all-time great descents. […]

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