The 2010 Milan-San Remo gets going this weekend and we can’t wait! This classic race is going to bring together the big hitters of the Pro cycling world and has kept our office talking (arguing) over the last week or so.
Cavendish, Garzelli, Scarponi, Voeckler, Hincapie, Thor, Tyler Farrar, Petacchi, Cunego, Philippe Gilbert, Bennati, Pellizotti, Quinziato, Boonen, Oscar Freire, Boasson Hagen , Pozzato and Cancellara have all been mentioned as being possible winners. Whittling them down we have somehow and begrudgingly decided on 3 favourites. This is not an easy task when there are several… ‘opinions’…in the office!
Last years winner Mark Cavendish struggled through the Tirreno-Adriatico last week, especially on the climbs. He also pulled off a great fall in the final K’s on the last stage to complete the race, hopefully he’s fully mended and ready to go on Saturday.
If the bunch arrives in San Remo together, there won’t be many people who will beat Cavendish to the line. His sprinting power gave him last year’s victory and hopefully he can retain his title as being the ‘fastest man in the world”
Edvald Boasson Hagen has been an office favourite ever since we met him at the Tour of Britain last year. The Norwegian is a quiet, calm rider and very fast in the sprint. He seemed to simply ride round others last week, though how he would go against Cav we have yet to see…! Riding for Team SKY this year, it will be a good test to see how they work as a team and see if they can deliver him to the final sprint.
Our number 3:
A slight wild-card and a very hard to choose third. We’ve gone for fellow Norwegian Thor Hushovd. Still riding for Cervelo Test Team this year and one of the most powerful riders in the peloton, we think he could well feature in the final metres of the race.
3rd last year, he knows how to handle the climbs (his solo effort in the Tour to secure the Green jersey is just one example) and will be hoping for a good result this time.
Let us know who you are tipping for Saturday, it’s bound to be an entertaining race and we’ve already got the beers in the fridge to enjoy it, we can’t wait!