DiData gear up for Milano-San Remo
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka lines up for the 108th edition Milano-San Remo with a strong and versatile team aiming for another top result in the first monument of the season.
With its 291km, Milano-San Remo is the longest one-day race on the calendar. The majority of the course is flat, but it’s usually still the short climbs towards the end that determine the outcome of the race. The last 60km include five ascents, of which the last two are the most significant ones. Cipressa is 5.6km long and has an average gradient of four per cent. From the top, there are only 12km to the final climb of the race.
The 3.7km towards the top of Poggio aren’t very steep. The average gradient is below four per cent but, since it’s the last chance to drop the sprinters, the pace is usually high with numerous attempts to break away. The descent takes place on narrow roads and is technical with several twists and turns. As the riders come down, only the final two kilometres are flat and after the last corner, it’s straight out for the remaining 750 metres towards the finishing line on Via Roma.
Milano-San Remo holds a very special place for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka after Gerald Ciolek’s amazing win in the team’s debut appearance in 2013. In addition to that victory, the team have also placed a rider in the top 10 on two other occasions. This year, the goal is once again to fight for the top positions. Together with former winner of the race, Mark Cavendish, in-shape riders like Edvald Boasson Hagen, Steve Cummings and Scott Thwaites headline the team's roster for this Saturday.
"Milano-San Remo is a very long race and a lot can happen even before getting to the final," said Boasson Hagen. "It’s important to save energy throughout the race because you need it all for Cipressa and Poggio. We haven't finalised our plan yet but we have options for each possible outcome so I'm looking forward to a good race.”