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Matthews fourth as Mohoric risks all to stun favourites and win Milan-Sanremo

Matthews fourth as Mohoric risks all to stun favourites and win Milan-Sanremo

By Julien Pretot March 20, 2022 — 11.37am , register or subscribe to save articles for later. Sanremo, Italy: Slovenian cyclist Matej Mohoric stunned the…

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By Julien Pretot

March 20, 2022 — 11.37am

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Sanremo, Italy: Slovenian cyclist Matej Mohoric stunned the pre-race favourites to win the Milan-Sanremo one-day classic following a perfect attack on the last descent on Saturday, with Australian Michael Matthews narrowly missing the podium.

Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) was still in contention after two-time Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) accelerated on the final Poggio climb, and he surged ahead at the beginning of the downhill section leading to the Via Roma finish.

Mohoric, who won two stages of the Tour de France last year, rode at breakneck speed and took all the risks, almost crashing twice, but he looked back only some 50 metres from the line, when he had made sure he would not be caught. Matej Mohoric celebrates after becoming the first Slovenian to win Milan-Sanremo. Credit:LaPresse France’s Anthony Turgis (Total Direct Energie) came home second after jumping away from the chasing pack, while Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), in his first road race of the season after suffering from back issues, was third.

“I worked all winter for this, I knew it could be my day. I took risks in the descent,” said Mohoric after the longest race of the WorldTour season.“I knew I could make a big difference in the descent.”Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco) placed fourth at the end of the whopping 293km Monument, which he finished two seconds behind Mohoric, who won the prestigious race after almost six-and-a-half hours […]

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