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Poggio will feature in Milan-San Remo next month

Milan San Remo Poggio
Joe Robinson
14 Feb 2020

Road repairs completed in time for iconic climb to take its usual place in season-opening Monument route

The Poggio will feature in the finale of Milan-San Remo next month after it was confirmed repair work to the road has been completed on schedule, allowing the historic climb to be included in the race route as usual.

At the end of last year, reports surfaced that sustained bad weather had caused major landslides on the Poggio di San Remo road, causing major damage and closures.

It was then suggested that in order for the road to be in a useable condition by the Milan-San Remo race in March, €10 million worth of repairs would need to take place.

While the road remained open to some traffic after minor repairs were made, it was said still not to be in a condition to hold the race.

It was suggested that pressure was being put on race organisers RCS to foot the bill for the works, with things taking a more drastic turn last month when Mayor of San Remo Alberto Biancheri stated 'the Milan-San Remo cannot be held any more' due to the road condition.

However, it now seems that the Poggio has been repaired to a sufficient extent that the race can use the climb, with current riders Peter Sagan and Philippe Gilbert both having trained on the climb this month.

With it being reopened, the 3.7km Poggio will be able to take its rightful place in the final 9km of the one-day Classic.

For the past two seasons, the Poggio's slopes have been used as a springboard for victory, with Vincenzo Nibali (2018) and Julian Alaphilippe (2019) holding on out front after using it to attack from the main peloton.

Milan San-Remo is the first Monument of the season and its 111th edition will take place on Saturday 21st March.

Defending champion Alaphilippe will not be present, however, choosing to skip the race this year in favour of riding Paris-Nice.