Elia Viviani: Milano-Sanremo is the only monument that I can win
Nov 20 2018 05:39 am CET

Elia Viviani: Milano-Sanremo is the only monument that I can win
Elia Viviani: Milano-Sanremo is the only monument that I can win
Photo of Elia Viviani (c) Sigfrid Eggers

Quick-Step Floors' Elia Viviani will have Milano-Sanremo as one of his main goals for the 2019 season. The rider wants to take his first victory in a monument in the upcoming season.

Viviani just finished an outstanding season in which he took 18 victories, including the Italian national title, five stages at the Giro d'Italia and three at the Vuelta a España. "They were top victories," said the Italian to Belgian broadcaster Sporza. "I won seven times in Grand Tours, I took the points jersey in the Giro, the Italian title and the Cyclassics in Hamburg, and in the WorldTour, I finished the season in the third position.

"I made that step thanks to the team, who built a nice group around me and made me a leader, which also made me mentally stronger. The team is in good hands and at the same time we also form a family, the riders and the management are very close to each other, so you also achieve results."

Viviani already had the experience of winning Gold at the Olympic Games at the omnium in Rio de Janeiro 2016, and now he wants to push himself harder. "I am experiencing the best years in my career," he explained. "Every year I push my limit, I reached my goal at the Olympic Games and now I am dreaming of big races on the road. I was close in Ghent-Wevelgem and Milano-Sanremo is also on my wishlist.

"Sanremo is a peculiar course. You can feel great and yet it can end suddenly at 10 kilometres from the end. It happened to me this year. I was ready to sprint for second place. On the Via Roma I went on my pedals and suddenly I had nothing more in the tank, not rare after nearly 300 kilometres.

"Sanremo is my first goal of 2019. La Primavera is perhaps the only monument that I can win. I'm going to work very hard for it."




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