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Milan-San Remo route in question due to crowd concerns

Local mayors worried that busy August holiday period and coronavirus protocols will make Monument impossbile

Joe Robinson
20 Jul 2020

The course for this year's rescheduled Milan-San Remo may be altered considerably after town mayors along the Monument's route expressed concerns that fans may flock to the roadside despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, town officials in the coastal region of Savona, in which the second half of the race takes place in, are unsure whether the large-scale road closures needed for the race are going to be possible due to them clashing with Italy's holiday season.

The first Monument of the season has been rescheduled from its previous date of 21st March to 8th August but now many mayors along the race's route have reached out to organisers RCS to expressed their worries that the race may not be possible.

Quoted in local press outlet Svs Sport, mayor of Borghetto Santo Spirito Giancarlo Canepa said that the race is only adding to the region's existing problems of dealing with coronavirus during the summer holidays and that the race should have taken place in September.

'We have maximum respect for cycling and for a race as sacred as Milan-San Remo, but at a time like this, with an absurd situation with regard to the main roads, at the peak – hopefully – of tourism, with all the usual problems that we face in the summer season further aggravated by Covid-19, the date of the race didn't seem like the best choice,' said Canepa.

'We welcome things starting to return to normal, but we have a thousand problems to deal with. Milan-San Remo happening in September would have been a far better time.'

The coastal region of Savona is popular among Italians looking for beach holidays with plenty of families escaping the bigger cities for towns such as Imperia and San Remo during the month of August.

RCS will now meet with local mayors and officials in an attempt to find a solution with the race in just three weeks time.

The rescheduled Milan-San Remo on 8th August is set to be the third WorldTour event to take place after racing's return with Strade-Bianche (1st August) and Tour of Poland (5th August) taking place the week before.