The continuation of the Milan-San Remo cycling classic on March 21 is still uncertain. Three months before the start, the costly repair work on the Poggio is far from complete, reports the mayor of San Remo.
The last ascent of the first monument from the cycling year was plagued by landslides and heavy rainfall in the fall of last year. In December the total repair costs were estimated at 10 million euros, but according to the mayor of San Remo, Alberto Biancheri, the situation is worse than expected.
"Extraordinary resources are needed to intervene," Biancheri said at a recent meeting. "We are talking here about millions and millions of euros in damage. We even run the risk that Milan-San Remo cannot be organized this year." Removing the Poggio is also possible.
During the consultation, Biancheri also called on the government to pay compensation for the repair work. He also calls on RCS Sport, the organizer of Milan-San Remo, to make a contribution.
Sanremo, frana l'attacco per il Poggio. Chiusa via Duca d'Aosta Via Duca d'Aosta closed in San Remo because of a landslide. Can someone warn Philippe Gilbert & Chris Froome? 😉Via @ riviera24Avatar
Top Poggio at 5 kilometers from the finish
The Poggio is traditionally the last climb of Milan-San Remo and has an illustrious status in cycling. The top of the hill, which is 3.5 kilometers long with an average gradient of 3.5, is 5 kilometers from the finish and is the last opportunity for refugees to get rid of the sprinters.
Julian Alaphilippe won Milan-San Remo last year, thanks in part to a demarrage on the Poggio. The French 'puncheur' sprinted in a small group of refugees to his first victory in the Italian one-day race. He was ahead of the Belgian Oliver Naesen (second) and the Pole Michal Kwiatkowski (third).
Mathieu van der Poel hopes to participate in Milan-San Remo this year. The 24-year-old glutton has applied for a wildcard with the new team Alpecin-Fenix at the organization, it was also announced on Friday.
Milan-San Remo is the first of the five monuments to be held this year. The Tour of Flanders (April 5), Paris-Roubaix (April 12), the Amstel Gold Race (April 19) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 26) will be scheduled later in 2020.
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