Milano - Sanremo 2008: Cancellara takes 'La Primavera'

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22.03.2008/Fabian Cancellara (CSC) won Milano - Sanremo today. The Swiss rider finished an attack on the flat road after the Poggio. Cancellara attacked out of a strong breakaway group. The winner of the 2006 edition of the race, Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) came in second and Philippe Gilbert (Francaise des Jeux) completed the podium.

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After Eroica and Tirreno another big win for Fabian Cancellara (© Sirotti)

At 9:45am (local time) 199 riders started the race in Milano. Tinkoff's Alberto Loddo got sick over night and wasn't able to start.
Filippo Savini (CSF Group Navigare), Nicola D'Andrea (Miche), Raivis Belohbosciks (Saunier Duval), and William Frischkorn (Slipstream) took off after 35 kilometres. The escapees had a maximum lead of almost seventeen minutes. The bunch started the chase and the lead of Frischkorn & co was slowly getting smaller and smaller.
With 94 kilometres to go Austrian rider Bernahrd Kohl (Gerolsteiner) attacked at the Le Mànie climb. Kohl didn't get away but it was the start of the final part of the race. Rabobank's sports director Erik Breukink also realized that Le Mànie had been an important obstacle in the course. "That climb did a lot. Many sprinters and many team mates of sprinters had a hard time there." At the moment of Kohl's attack the four escapees still had a lead of nine minutes. After the descent of the climb the escapees had only five minutes left.
Nicola D'Andrea paid the price for his hard work in the breakaway group and was dropped by the other three race leaders. Soon after that D'Andrea was swallowed by the chasing bunch. The lead went down to 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
With a little bit more than 50 kilometres to go Tinkoff's Ivan Rovny attacked out of the bunch. He had a slight lead on the bunch. At the Capo Berto some riders were dropped by the bunch, but the big players all managed to stay on board.
After an attack of 233 kilometres, the breakaway group was caught at the Cipressa. One of the escapees, Slipstream's William Frischkorn said after the race: “For my first Milan-San Remo, I couldn’t have imagined a cooler day. Riding out front through the never-ending crowds and unreal scenery along the coast was an experience I won’t forget.” 

“And for the powertap geeks out there, how’s 6600 kjs sound? Ouch!” Frischkorn continued. “Now for a quick trip home and a few days of serious recovery,” concluded a happy Frischkorn.

Immediately after the three remaining escapees were caught, World Champion Paolo Bettini (Quickstep) attacked. High Road's Thomas Lökvist jumped to Bettini. A little bit later they were joined by Niklas Axelsson (Diquigiovanni) and Paris - Nice winner Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner).

The bunch was split into several groups at the Cipressa. More and more riders were dropped after 270 kilometres of racing. Paolo 'Il Falco' Savoldelli (LPR) showed why he became his nickname. The two time winner of the Giro d'Italia jumped to the four race leaders at the descend of  the Cipressa.

Liquigas didn't like the break and organised the chase. The now five race leaders were caught at the flat section before the final climb, the Poggio.

The final 15 kilomtres were full of exiting attacks. Diquigiovanni's Alessandro Bertolini was the first rider to attack on the Poggio. Several of the race favourites joined him. On the descent a leading group of around 15 riders was formed, including Fabian Cancellara (Team CSC), Enrico Gasparotto (Barloworld), Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner), Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas), Iñigo Landaluze (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Oscar Freire (Rabobank), Philippe Gilbert (Française des Jeux) and Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole).

With two kilomtres to go Cancellara attacked out of the front group. None of the other favourites were able to keep up on the descent or the flat stretch just before the finish line, when the Swiss CSC rider turned up the volume to the max and showed why he has won the World Time Trial Championship two years in a row.

Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) came in second and Philippe Gilbert (Francaise des Jeux) completed the podium.

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Results Milano - San Remo 2008
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                        7.14.35 (41,142 km/h)
2 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Liquigas                                             0.04
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux                                     
4 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                            
5 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre                                                 
6 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                         
7 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale                                      
8 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                          0.05
9 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                                            
10 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                             
11 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli   
12 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Barloworld                                           
13 Raffaele Illiano (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli    0.08
14 Inigo Landaluze Intxaurraga (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                     0.11
15 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                                          0.12
16 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre                                            0.13
17 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram                                              0.14
18 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram                                        
19 Baden Cooke (Aus) Barloworld                                                 
20 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                          
21 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale                                     0.15
22 Enrico Rossi (Ita) NGC Medical - OTC Industria Porte                         
23 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                           
24 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                                
25 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30                       
26 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                
27 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                                         
28 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                                     
29 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                               0.16
30 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                          
31 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                   
32 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Crédit Agricole                                        
33 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) LPR Brakes                                         
34 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                
35 Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                                   0.17
36 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team High Road                                           
37 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                 
38 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                          0.18
39 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                                 
40 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC                                                
41 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank                                  
42 George Hincapie (USA) Team High Road                                         
43 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                     
44 Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank                                       0.19
45 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli     
46 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Barloworld                                        
47 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                            
48 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Silence - Lotto                                   0.20
49 José Serpa (Col) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli             
50 Tiziano dall'Antonia (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                             0.21
51 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Barloworld                                            
52 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                                 
53 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                      
54 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                         
55 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                                      
56 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step                                        0.22
57 Emanuele Sella (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                   0.23
58 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes                                              
59 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                     
60 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                  0.24
61 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step                                              
62 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                         0.25
63 Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre                                
64 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli       
65 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                          0.28
66 Przemyslaw Niemec (Pol) Miche - Silvercross                               0.47
67 Paolo Bailetti (Ita) LPR Brakes                                           0.48
68 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli        1.21
69 Matteo Priamo (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                       
70 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld                                          
71 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole                                    
72 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                  
73 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team CSC                                          1.28
74 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux                                1.29
75 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale                                     1.38
76 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott                             1.46
77 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                 2.04
78 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                              2.05
79 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                           
80 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence - Lotto                                          
81 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Rabobank                                          
82 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Quick Step                                                
83 José Alberto Benítez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                          2.06
84 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                          
85 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                    
86 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team High Road                                         
87 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) LPR Brakes                                            
88 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                  2.07
89 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                             2.08
90 René Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale                                        2.23
91 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française des Jeux                                 3.31
92 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank                                            5.42
93 Marc De Maar (Ned) Rabobank                                                  
94 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                            
95 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                                               
96 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas                                             5.43
97 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                              
98 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Miche - Silvercross                                     
99 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30                      
100 Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    5.44
101 Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli       
102 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step                                           5.46
103 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                                       5.59
104 Javier Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                       6.11
105 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre                                               6.12
106 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team High Road                                            
107 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team High Road                                         
108 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                   6.13
109 Eddy Serri (Ita) Miche - Silvercross                                     6.14
110 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                              7.15
111 Massimiliano Maisto (Ita) NGC Medical - OTC Industria Porte                 
112 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step                               7.16
113 Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                        
114 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank                                                 
115 Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) CSF Group Navigare                        
116 Eric Berthou (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                       7.17
117 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas                                         
118 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                             
119 Jairo Hernandez (Col) Barloworld                                            
120 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                         7.18
121 Piergiorgio Camussa (Ita) NGC Medical - OTC Industria Porte             11.22
122 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) LPR Brakes                                              
123 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) LPR Brakes                                          
124 William Frischkorn (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30               
125 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                     
126 Stefano Usai (Ita) Miche - Silvercross                                      
127 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval - Scott                         12.35
128 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                            
129 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team High Road                                          
130 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                            
131 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                        
132 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre                                               
133 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                    
134 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                   
135 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                    
136 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                             
137 Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche - Silvercross                                     
138 Rony Martias (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                         
139 Nikolai Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                 
140 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                    
141 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld                                              
142 Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld                                           
143 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                          
144 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                             
145 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                         15.50
146 Krzysztof Szczawinski (Pol) Miche - Silvercross                             
147 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Crédit Agricole                                         
148 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Crédit Agricole                                         
149 Tom Stubbe (Bel) Française des Jeux                                         
150 Donato Cannone (Ita) NGC Medical - OTC Industria Porte                      
151 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) LPR Brakes                                           
152 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) LPR Brakes                                            
153 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                                   
154 Claudio Corioni (Ita) Liquigas

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