Milan-Sanremo – Is an attack by Tadej Pogacar in the Cipressa really possible?

Chimera: Attractive project, but unfeasible. A vain idea that is only the product of the imagination. Of the definitions de Larousse offers, the first seems to be the one that most sticks to our topic of the day. The attack in the Cipressa is for Milan-Sanremo what the outbreak of the battle on the first pass of a mountain stage is for the Tour de France. A foolish hope, a vain expectation. The frame, Tadej Pogacar doesn’t care like the flies that cover his childish face. So, can he do what others have always refused to try?

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If you love Milan-Sanremo, whether it’s all that it gave from start to finish, or just its last crescendo from the Capi to Via Roma via the Cipressa and the Poggio, you know all these names from your head. You also know the content of the events at any time. Third knife attacks for the Cipressa, the thrill of waiting for a big name offensive in it and finally Julian Alaphilippe’s fireworks in the Poggio.

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Van der Poel also had to attack from a distance

The new generation had to break the codes, invent new things. Before Tadej Pogacar became the symbol after his distant offensive on the Strade Bianche, wasn’t Mathieu van der Poel also a lover of long-term adventures? The trio that the Dutchman formed with Wout Van Aert and Julian Alaphilippe promised something different in 2021 than the endless expectation of Poggio. Mad hope, vain expectation, the race was decided in the Poggio before Jasper Stuyven felt the perfect shot on a handful of terminals from the goal. So why should it be any different with Tadej Pogacar?

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Everyone is wondering what to expect on Saturdayhe laughed in the week. We can expect a long and difficult race. Milan-Sanremo is one of the easiest races to finish, but also one of the hardest to winLike a good iconoclast that he is, the Slovenian is already undermining popular belief: Despite its nearly 300 kilometers, the Primavera is not a complicated race and the power figures the riders deploy prove it.

I would also like to add that Milan-Sanremo is perhaps one of the hardest races for me to win, probably the most complicated evenWhy does Pogacar say this? The flaw of the course that some would like to see changed to make it more difficult. He would only crown champions, they say, but it is not the champion’s job to find new ways to triumph ?”Watch the finaljudges the double winner of the Tour† The Cipressa is not steep enough. There is the Poggio but many runners can pass it, including some sprinters

A remote attack on Milan-Sanremo would be something very special

So what ? Pogacar explains to us that he will cross Milan-Sanremo as a spectator? A third Monument in two years is definitely worth it. “I’m not the runner with the most options. But if I get a chance, I’ll play it hard.” This isn’t quite what the follower wants to hear. Tired of the pre-written scripts, he at least wants to do the defending champion in Liège and Lombardy differently. †A long attack on Milan-Sanremo would be something very special, but I don’t think it will happen

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Forget the mine 50 terminals of Sanremo. Without pre-selection, it would be suicide even for him. Outsmarting a few tired opponents and an entire squad are two different things. And what about the cypress? †Maybe you can make it happenhe replied, “a spark of enthusiasm in his eye”, to Cyclingnews. “Pogi” isn’t the first to do this, and he won’t be the last. See if he’s a man of his word.

As always, the race will decide. If the Capi are crossed at high speed, a first selection has been made and the wind is not blowing in front on the penultimate difficulty, then perhaps Pogacar will try this shot. He will have to make a big difference to reach Sanremo as the winner. Otherwise, the sprinter teams will swallow it and once again prove that attacking in the Cipressa does nothing good. There are those who hope that Tadej Pogacar will break the curse.

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