Nibali triumphs in ‘Monument’ classic
VINCENZO Nibali timed his move to perfection to claim the Milan-San Remo “Monument” classic as he just held off the sprint specialists over 291 kilometres yesterday.
The 2014 Tour de France champion snatched the first of five top one-day races — Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Pris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne Liege and Tour of Lombardy — after pulling away from the pack in the ascent of the Poggio, seven kilometres from the finish.
The Bahrain-Merida rider, the first Italian to win the “Primavera” since 2006, looked back only in the final few metres when a group of top sprinters were breathing down his neck.
Australian Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) and France’s Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ), the 2016 champion, were second and third respectively.
Briton Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) suffered a spectacular crash, landing on his back after somersaulting after hitting a central divider.