17 March 2013

Photo of the Day: 2013 Milan-San Remo & results

Snow!

What a race it was this year. I hope you all watched because it was exciting, even if it did delay our own Sunday rides by an hour. In the end only 135 riders out of 200 finished a memorable 2013 Milan-San Remo. Snow, but not the outcome, was the big surprise of the day. It was a perfect who's who in the top 10 at the end of the day across the finish line in San Remo, a city that must have seemed a world away for most riders on Sunday.

1 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka 5:37:20
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling
3 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
5 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha
6 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling
7 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
8 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 0:00:14
9 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
10 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling

Race route changed

The parcour was altered as the race was halted in Ovada after 117km due to snow. After riding in the snow and suffering in the cold, the very cold riders boarded team buses for the transfer to Cogoleto. The race restarted with the same break of 6 riders allowed to begin and regain their previous lead of 7:10 over the peloton.

The riders did not race between point B (Ovada) and C (Cogoleto) below. Cutting off 53km, including the feed station of Campo Ligure (explaining why the riders had to eat on the bus) and the climb of Passo del Turchino, for a total 245km of the intended 298km route. I think that after-race footage should show these guys trying to walk around on Monday. Cold body recovery is tough and can take a couple days to get over being that cold to the core.

2013 Milan-San Remo route altered.
Intended route map of 2013 Milan-San Remo
Race Report: Pez: MSR'13: Ciolek Wins Big!

This photo, which seems to best capture the drama of the day, is circulating on Twitter and Facebook and Tumblres but lacks the credit to the original photographer. This is the work of Graham Watson who was out in that cold snow as well, just to bring us race photographs of this troop of incredibly brave riders.
Photo Tweeted. Milan-San Remo by Graham Watson!
Riders arriving into Ovada just before the race was stopped. By Gruber Images. Photo from DanGerous tumblre
Possibly one of my favorite cycling photos of all time. Thor Hushovd in the snow of Milan San Remo. Photo from DanGerous tumblre. This is the shame of tumblres - no photographic credit - I don't know who took this photo and I wish I did! Discovered this photo is from Brake Through Media
Thor Hushovd in the snow of Milan San Remo. Photo from DanGerous tumblre.

More photos & video

Photo Gallery by Cycling News: Snow forces Milan-San Remo route reduction
Sky Pro Cycling Gallery of Milan-San Remo 
Steephill's Big Photos
Graham Watson's Gallery: 2013 Milano-Sanremo

Cycling Central Video: Fabian Cancellara Interview
Cyclocosm.com: How The Race Was Won – Milan-San Remo 2013

Race Recap

Two-hour recap tomorrow on http://www.beinsport.tv/tv-guide at 12:30 and 3:30 pm. (MDT). (Thanks again Jason for this tip!). Or now from Steephill.TV: Last 3 Km (04:00 English) — eurosport, or  Highlights from Milan-San Remo 2013 (01:40 Italian) — gazzetta.it
Ciolek and Cancellara at the finish. Photo tweeted by @
What is next?
Volta Catalunya - 18-24 March 2013
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke - 22 March 2013
Critérium International - 23-24 March 2013
Gent-Wevelgem - 24 March 2013 (a dizzying google earth fly over)
Tour of Flanders - 31 March 2013