LA CLASSICISSIMA D’EPOCA.
For the professionals, the annual Milan-San Remo at 294km is the longest one-day race in modern day cycling. That’s over seven hours in the saddle for yesterday's race winner and local hero Vincenzo Nibali. A momentous early season test. Apt, given it's the curtain raiser of cycling's five official 'Monuments'. Gruelling. At times tedious. Milan, as it was Saturday, is very often still in the midst of a bitter winter snap. In San Remo it's spring, the flowers bloom, but riders need more than glimpses of the Mediterranean to get them through this iconic Spring Classic. Yet Nibali and his contemporaries enjoy the benefits of being a top-class rider – support vehicles, a team of loyal gregari, bikes constructed in the latest aviation technology, food and drink on ready demand. Nothing left to chance.