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Matej Mohoric rewarded for late risks with victory in Milan-Sanremo

Matej Mohoric rewarded for late risks with victory in Milan-Sanremo

Everyone was expecting it to be an uphill attack from two-time Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar to decide the Milan-Sanremo race. Turned out it…

Saturday, Mar 19

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Everyone was expecting it to be an uphill attack from two-time Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar to decide the Milan-Sanremo race. Turned out it was a risky, high-speed downhill attack from Matej Mohoric, another Slovenian rider, that proved to be the winning move in the spring classic on Saturday.

Following four unsuccessful attacks from Pogacar on the way up the Poggio, the short but steep climb shortly before the finish of the lengthy 293km (182-mile) route, Mohoric accelerated almost as soon as the twisty descent started. Leaning dangerously into the sharp turns on the serpentine route, Mohoric quickly created a small gap ahead of a group that included Pogacar, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel – three of the most accomplished current riders in the sport.

Mohoric, who rides for the Bahrain Victorious team, was cutting so many corners that both of his wheels skidded at one point. Somehow, though, he remained upright, and established a lead of five seconds by the end of the descent, with 2.2km to go.

There was another moment that could have led to panic when Mohoric’s chain came loose on the flat finishing straigh,t but he managed to overcome that too and had time to celebrate before crossing the line on Via Roma. French rider Anthony Turgis and Van der Poel finished second and third, respectively, both two seconds behind.

Michael Matthews came fourth and Pogacar ended up fifth, also two seconds behind. The 27-year-old Mohoric also claimed two stages in last year’s Tour […]

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