95th Milan-Sanremo - The Parcours
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La Primavera is the longest race of the season at 294 kilometers. The climbing on
the way to the Ligurian coast is not staggering - it is a gradual descent toward the Turchino Pass at 523 meters of elevation, at about the halfway point of the
race (143 km). It is then a fast descent from Turchino to the coast at Voltri, where the
riders turn west toward Sanremo.
At the end of the course however, are a series of hills that challenge the
riders who have already put in well over 200 km, and they must still conserve
energy for the sprint along the Via Roma in Sanremo - which some anticipate will
be a Petacchi-Cipollini spectacle. After the last climb, the Poggio, the riders
descend almost 150 meters in 3 kilometers to the final run in.
The Last 50 Kilometers - The Hills (Capos):
Capo Mele (65m) at 244 km, 51.9 km to the finish
Capo Cervo-Mimosa (77m) at 247 km, 46 km before the finish
Capo Berta (130m) at 254 km, 39 km to the finish
Capo Cipressa (240m) at 277 km, 21 km before the finish
Capo Verde (45m) 284 km, 9 km to the finish
Santuario N.S. della Guardia (115m) to Poggio (162 m) - kms 286-288, 5 km from
Capo Berta to Oneglia (km 254-258)
Cipressa (km 265.4)
Poggio di Sanremo (km 281.3).
One tunnel at Turchino (km 143)
One tunnel between Albisola and Savona (km 176)
Three tunnels between Spotorno and Varigotti (km 193)
Two tunnels between Varigotti and Finale Ligure (km 201)
One tunnel at Arma di Taggia (km 275).
Of note: From Capo Berta (39 kms from the finish), official vehicles are forbidden.
Milano - Saturday should see pleasant conditions for the peloton - mostly
cloudy, 61°/16° for a high, low temperature in the morning of 37°/6°, but with a
20% chance of rain and wind from the southwest at 6 km/h (10mph). So it will be
chilly in the morning as the riders sign in, and they will face a slight bit of
headwind as they drive toward the sea - not much in the way of tan-line
improvements for the day.
Masone - Passo di Turchino - Cloudy with chance of drizzles, temperatures
between 6-10 degrees Celsius (42-50F).
Sanremo - Only 10% chance of rain - mostly cloudy with a high Saturday of
63°/17° with wind from the South-Southwest at 16 km/h (10 mph) - so slightly
windier at the end of their long ride than at the beginning, so wind could be a
bit of a factor.