Ineos Grenadiers ‘ multi-pronged squad at Milan-San Remo came undone at Saturday’s race as the high-pace of Jumbo-Visma and UAE Team Emirates exposed their weaknesses and the impact of recent illness.
The British squads’ options included Filippo Ganna, Michał Kwiatkowski , Elia Viviani, Tom Pidcock and even Ethan Hayter, but only Kwiatkowski remained at the front of the race in the group that went on to race for victory over the Poggio.
Pidcock missed Strade Bianche due to a stomach problem and was surprisingly dropped over the Capo Berta with 38 kilometres still to race. He did not finish the race, with Ineos Grenadiers confirming that he had further stomach problems as early as the Turchino climb after 140 kilometres of racing.
Viviani, who had suffered with a cold after Tirreno-Adriatico, was dropped early on the Cipressa along with fellow pure sprinter Fabio Jakobsen. Hayter was also distanced, finishing 54th in the pack of chasers.
Filippo Ganna revealed he had been ill after Tirreno-Adriatico but was upbeat before the race about being competitive and perhaps making a late attack. However, he lost the wheel of Kwiatkowski and Luke Rowe on the race to the foot of the Cipressa and was slowed as the peloton caught part of the early break.
The world time trial champion was too far back as Jumbo-Visma and UAE Team Emirates kept the pace high and was caught behind the split over the top. He finished 51st in the same time as Hayter.
Kwiatkowski ended up 16th as Ineos Grenadiers’ […]