Vincenzo Nibali was handed a phone after he had celebrated winning Milan-San Remo and was surprised to realise that on the other end of the line was Eddy Merckx, keen to congratulate him on his solo victory. Kwiatkowski: When Nibali went, we fell asleepMerckx won Milan-San Remo seven times during his own career and knew there was something cannibalesque about the way Nibali had attacked his rivals on the Poggio, distanced them over the top and then held them at bay all the way until the Via Roma.
The 2018 edition of Milan-San Remo rolled out from the start in the shadows of the Castello Sforzesco under pouring rain, with the 174 riders wrapped up and hoping that the weather forecasts will prove accurate and that the sun will emerge before San Remo and the roads will be dry for the finale of the 294km race. Milan-San Remo predictions: Peter Sagan can win any way he wantsThe only non-starter was Loic Chetout (Cofidis), leaving the French team with just six riders.
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was the big favourite to win Milan-San Remo but the world champion could only finish sixth in the sprint behind solo winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), beaten by several of his big-name sprint rivals. Sagan rolled to the Bora-Hansgrohe team bus in silence after the sprint in the Via Roma, tired after a huge effort in the rain, disappointed in defeat but happy for his former Liquigas teammate and good friend.
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