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Milan-San Remo: Ganna dreams, Italy expects

Milan-San Remo: Ganna dreams, Italy expects

Can anyone stop Tadej Pogačar winning Milan-San Remo ? Is there anyone able to go with the Slovenian, or Belgian Wout van Aert, when the…

Friday, Mar 18

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Can anyone stop Tadej Pogačar winning Milan-San Remo ? Is there anyone able to go with the Slovenian, or Belgian Wout van Aert, when the attacks come on the Poggio? Is anyone able to repeat Jasper Stuyven’s late attack of 2021 and raise their arms on the Via Roma?

In Italy, they are hoping Filippo Ganna has all the answers to the myriad of Milan-San Remo questions. So too are Ineos Grenadiers after struggling to take on rival super teams Jumbo-Visma and UAE Team Emirates in recent weeks.

Ganna has the weight of the home nation on his shoulders. 2018 winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan) is past his best and recovering from COVID-19, while Paris-Roubaix winner Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) is out due to bronchitis. No other real Italian contenders stand out on the start list for Saturday.

Just a year ago, Ganna was a future star of Italian cycling, appreciated by the cycling experts but relatively unknown. A year on, after his gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games and second time trial world title, he has taken over the top-billing long reserved for Nibali. He is now the face of Italian cycling and so expected to win Milan-San Remo, even against the likes of Pogačar and Van Aert.

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