In a thrilling finish at pure speed, Jasper Philipsen won the Milan-San Remo 2024. The Belgian cyclist won the sprint on the Via Roma and thus won the first monument of the season, which had a course of 288 kilometers.

The places of honor were completed by Australian Michael Matthews (Team Jayco AlUla) and Slovenian Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), who finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

As usual, there was an early breakaway with many Italians. Sergio Samitier (Movistar), Romain Combaud (dsm-firmenich PostNL), Davide Baldaccini (Corratec-Vini Fantini), Valerio Conti (Corratec-Vini Fantini), Kyrylo Tsarenko (Corratec-Vini Fantini), Davide Bais (Polti Kometa), Mirco Maestri (Polti Kometa), Andrea Pietrobon (Polti Kometa), Alessandro Tonelli (VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè) and Samuele Zoccorato (VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè).

The breakaway did not gain much of an advantage. Alpecin-Deceuninck and Lidl-Trek, took over the chase and kept the lead controlled at three minutes. On the Passo del Turchino, the first climb of the day, not much happened.

On the Tre Capi, the Capo Mele, the Capo Cervo and the Capo Berta, we saw the UAE Team Emirates men at the head of the peloton for the first time, which selected the group of favorites. Surprisingly, European champion Christophe Laporte (Visma | Lease a Bike) was one of the victims.

Before the Cipressa, there was a strong acceleration with Mexican Isaac del Toro, then Tim Wellens took over and as a result, the peloton was reduced to about 30 men, who crested the summit.

After an unfortunate crash of two of the escapees on the descent, only Davide Bais (Polti Kometa) remained at the head of the race. Thus, the Italian held a little longer at the front of the race, while the chasing group merged.

On the Poggio, the Tudor men worked on Matteo Trentin, then the Ineos Grenadiers took over, but it was a matter of waiting for a real acceleration. Wellens did so about two kilometers from the top and thus impressively led an attack by Pogacar. The Slovenian took off 900 meters from the summit with Van der Poel on his wheel. So did Alberto Bettiol and Filippo Ganna.

However, Pogacar and company gave up their attempt, so several riders rejoined. Minutes later the Slovenian took advantage of the moment of desperation and attacked again, but was unsuccessful.

The last kilometer, just before the descent, we saw the typical attack of Matej Mohoric, who broke away from the group and immediately took a big lead. However, the former winner of the Italian classics couldn’t hold on and was caught again with one kilometer to go. In the bunch, Belgian Jasper Philipsen was the fastest.

Source: Revista Mundo Ciclístico