Jasper Stuyven trumps Caleb Ewan and Wout van Aert to take Milano-Sanremo victory
Mar 20 2021 11:42 pm CET

Jasper Stuyven trumps Caleb Ewan and Wout van Aert to take Milano-Sanremo victory
Jasper Stuyven trumps Caleb Ewan and Wout van Aert to take Milano-Sanremo victory
Milano-Sanremo

Trek-Segafredo's Jasper Stuyven has taken the victory of Milano-Sanremo after launching an attack in the last kilometres.

The first Monument of the season took the riders over a route that finished in the Via Roma of Sanremo and that featured minor changes like the replacing of the Turchino for the Colle di Giovo. The escape of the day was formed by a group of riders that included Mathias Norsgaard (Movistar), Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert), Nicola Conci (Trek-Segafredo) and Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF).

That group became smaller with the kilometres until Van der Hoorn made a move on the climb of the Cipresa and managed to create a gap with the rest, but kilometres later was caught by the pack -that still included favourites like Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, Julian Alaphilippe, Greg van Avermaet, Phillipe Gilbert and Peter Sagan, among others- and which was led by teams like Jumbo-Visma and Ineos-Grenadiers.

On the Poggio, Ineos-Grenadiers continued pushing hard and making the pack smaller. With around six kilometres to go, Alaphilippe changed the rhythm and was followed by Van Aert, Van der Poel, Caleb Ewan, Max Schachmann, Sagan, Michael Matthews, Jasper Stuyven and Michal Kwatkowski, among others.

At two kilometres from the finish, Stuyven launched an attack and created a gap with the others. The Belgian was joined by Soren Kragh Andersen and the two of them faced the last kilometre with the group closing in to them, but he managed to make a last effort in the last metres and took the victory of the race.

Ewan, Van Aert, Sagan and Van der Poel completed the top five of the first monument of the year.






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