Milan-San Remo - possible course change
Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:30 AM
So what do people think?
Personally I have no problem with making the Cipressa a tad harder to squeeze more groups out of it ... Currently I think that the Cipressa is a less than attractive attacking ground due to the longish flat between it and the Poggio. Such is life when racing alongside a waterfront, I guess, the Giro di Lombardia has the same characteristic but with longer climbs there it is less of a problem.
However, I don't like the idea of putting the finish line at the foot of the Poggio. It could incur even more crashes with maybe a lot of guys making a mad dash to be first out of the last corner and there is nothing wrong with keeping a sprinters' edge on the race, without automatically handing it to them. Attacking riders both have to make the selection and then play out the finale, a guy who wins from a break where there are some flat kms at the end needs to be all the more canny, just like Gerrans. Makes for more suspence and much more enjoyable racing for viewers, and finishing inside the actual town is somehow so much more appealing.
Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:30 PM
This post has been edited by N.B.O.L.: 20 March 2012 - 03:31 PM
Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:25 PM
They did but for some reason the local shopkeepers weren't too thrilled with that.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:43 AM
I actually don't think MSR has been a problem in the last few years in terms of how the races was won. Small groups of attackers the last two years, then two years with sprint wins (Freire-Cav), then a solo/group win (Cancellara) and then a whole bunch of sprint winners. If it had been 9 sprint wins out of the 10 last editions I would have voted make the Cipressa harder, but now it seems pretty much in balance.
Putting the finish line right at the bottom of the Poggio seems like a really bad idea to me too. Also, recipe for disaster.