Ganna sprints to MSR podium

18 Mar 2023

Ganna sprints to MSR podium

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MIlan - San Remo: Abbiategrasso › San Remo, 294km.

Filippo Ganna powered to a superb second place thanks to an excellent all-round team performance after a gripping finale of Milan - San Remo, as Mathieu van der Poel won the first Monument of the season. 

Ganna was part of a four rider group which escaped on the final Poggio climb, trading attacks ahead of the descent to San Remo. Van der Poel stole on a march on Ganna, Wout van Aert and Tadej Pogacar, with the elite trio unable to pull the Dutch rider back in the closing kilometres. 

Ganna then attacked the chase group in the final metres to finish second and secure his best-ever result at a Monument. 

Earlier, the Grenadiers had been conservative with their efforts, only coming to the fore in the final part of the 294km epic.

Luke Rowe and debutant Kim Heiduk were critical in ensuring a good position for the team heading towards the vital Cipressa climb, which thinned the peloton ahead of the final. 

Michal Kwiatkowski was then caught behind a crash which ended his chances, but the Grenadiers rallied as the pace picked up again as the riders approached the Poggio. 

Rowe dropped the team near the front of the peloton on the lower slopes, with Ben Swift, Magnus Sheffield and Jhonatan Narváez providing excellent support for Ganna. 

Then the Italian time trial champion had to be ready for the key moment of the race as the attacks reigned in on the final part of the Poggio, splitting the already-reduced bunch. 

The final four tussled and traded attacks before Van der Poel managed to go clear to win, with Ganna powering to an impressive second from the chase group behind. 

Filippo Ganna