Sport Milan-San Remo: Australian Michael Matthews finishes third after incident on the Poggio

03:41  09 august  2020
03:41  09 august  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Milan – San Remo (in Italian Milano-Sanremo), also called "The Spring classic" or "La Classicissima", is an annual cycling race between Milan and Sanremo, in Northwest Italy. With a distance of 298 km (~185.2 miles) it is the longest professional one-day race in modern cycling.

Despite starting Milan - San Remo with just a day and a half of racing in his legs Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) delivered a dogged, if not He was still in contention on the Poggio – despite his lack of race miles – but when Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) unleashed an attacked that

Australian sprinter Michael Matthews was left ruing a crash on the Poggio after finishing third at Milan-San Remo overnight.

Belgian Wout van Aert won a two-man sprint in front France's Julian Alaphilippe, with Matthews leading the bunch home two seconds later.

The victory is van Aert's second in a week after his powerful win at Strade Bianche seven days ago.

Defending champion Alaphilippe made the decisive break on the Poggio climb with just over 6km to race, with van Aert closing the gap on the descent.

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Speaking after the race, Matthews said tried to go with the pair off the front, but was forced into a wall on the side of the road and badly scraped his hand.

"Everything was going really well," Matthews said afterwards.

"Got to the Cipressa and got to the Poggio in great shape. The team delivered me really well to both climbs.

"I had super legs like I was dreaming about on the Poggio. I went to attack, but I got put into the wall and took off most of the skin on my hand.

Matthews crossed the line ahead of Peter Sagan, with Giacomo Nizzolo in fifth and New Zealander Dion Smith in sixth.

The bunch finishing behind Matthews included Greg Van Avermaet, Philipe Gilbert and Michal Kwiatkowski, but he said his scrape up the Poggio cost him dearly.

"In the end, to win the sprint with the sprinters who were here today, I have to be happy with this," he said.

"If someone told me you'll definitely be on the podium, I would've been happy.

"But with the legs I had today, more was possible.

"A little bit bittersweet."

Matthews, who won the green jersey at the 2017 Tour de France, will skip this year's delayed version of the race, instead focusing on the Giro d'Italia, starting on October 3.

Belgium's Wout Van Aert sprints to Milan-San Remo victory .
Belgium's Wout Van Aert won a sprint finish in the Milan-San Remo cycling 'Monument' classic race on Saturday. The Jumbo-Visma rider pipped last year's winner Julian Alaphilippe of France on the line after the 305km race through north-western Italy. It is the second win for Van Aert in a week having claimed the first major one-day race, the Strade Bianchi, in Tuscany. Australian Michael Matthews of Team Sunweb finished third, two seconds behind the leading pair just ahead of Slovak Peter Sagan, of Bora-Hansgrohe in fourth.

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