Wout van Aert has won the 111th edition of Milan-San Remo on Saturday. The Belgian from Jumbo-Visma settled in a sprint-à-deux with Julian Alaphilippe, last year's winner.
At 305 kilometers, this edition of Milan-San Remo was the longest in history. The peloton therefore took it easy in the first hours of the race and gave a leading group of seven riders plenty of space.
Italians Marco F Rapporti, Fabio Mazzucco, Mattia Bais, Damiano Cima, Manuele Boaro, Alessandro Tonelli and Spaniard Héctor Carretero were part of the early break away and built up an eight minute lead.
As the race progressed, that difference became smaller and smaller and it was about three minutes at 100 kilometers before the finish. Carretero and Mazzucco had to release from the leading group a little later and at 35 kilometers from the finish Boaro was the last of the escapees to be caught.
On the Cipressa Loïc Vliegen and Jacopo Mosca went on the attack, while the pace for sprinters Caleb Ewan and Fernando Gaviria was too high. The duo at the front were caught again before the top. An escape by Daniel Oss in the descent also did not last.
On the Poggio, the last executioner of the day, the peloton thinned further and further and Alaphilippe attacked. Only Van Aert could stay in his track and joined the Frenchman in the descent.
The duo had a few seconds ahead of a chasing group including Mathieu van der Poel, who made his debut in Milan-San Remo. Alaphilippe and Van Aert were not taken back, however, and were allowed to compete for the win in a sprint-à-deux. The Belgian turned out to be the strongest in this.