Gerald Ciolek Made History in Milan-San Remo


German sprinter Gerald Ciolek from South Africa’s MTN-Qubeka won the sprint from a breakaway group involving Peter Sagan, Sylvain Chavanel, Fabian Cancellara, Luca Paolini and Ian Stannard. Taloy Phinney of BMC catched the break in the last meters but was a bit late as he cross the line last.

After the snow, neutralization of a pretty long part of the route and a second start around 15:00, Milan-San Remo’s 104th edition became an instant classic. The day’s break was 7′ 10″ ahead of the peloton when the race got neutralized due to show in Passo del Turchino so in the “second start of the race”, they kept this advantage, it was like handicapped racing all of a sudden…

“We have to be ready. It was so cold. With the snow + zero degrees it was hard on the legs but mainly the hands. It was hard to brake because you couldn’t feel your hands,” told Lars Yiting Bak from the breakaway group. “We got a hot shower on the bus. Normally MSR is like 2 races because of the distance. Today it really is two races.”

After Matteo Montaguti, Diego Rosa, Filippo Fortin, Maxim Belkov, Lars Yitting Bak and Pablo Lastras got caught on the Cipressa, it was world champion Philip Gilbert‘s turn to make a break. Sylvain Chavanel later joined Gilbert along with Ian Stannard and Eduard Vorganov. On the Poggio, Chavanel attacked within the break, dragging Ian Stannard with him to the top of the hill.

Peter Sagan had to react, so he did when the slope on the Poggio hit 9%, and managed to catch Chavanel and Stannard within the final 3 kilometers. But he was not the only rider with sprinting abilities left in the front.

Gerald Ciolek outsprinted the “almost invincible” Peter Sagan and made history in Milan-San Remo today, his biggest win so far and for his new team MTN – Qhubeka; first pro-continental team from Africa.

“I think my decision says enough.This is partly a precaution, but also a statement to the organization. They knew long enough that there was so much snow on the road. What happens now is the fault of the organization’s own fault. Have you ever wanted to bicycle through the snow ridden? There are nicer things than this. I’m completely frozen,” reportedly told Tony Boonen after quitting the race.

Milan-San Remo 2013 Results

1. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka”5′ 37′ 20″
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling
3. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard
4. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
5. Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha
6. Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling
7. Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
8. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 14″
9. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
10. Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling

11. Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team
12. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
13. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
14. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
15. Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar
16. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol
17. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
18. John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
19. Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ
20. Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
21. Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
22. Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha
23. Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge
24. Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha
25. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
26. Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar
27. Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Sky Procycling
28. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
29. Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
30. Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard
31. Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
32. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
33. Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida
34. Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
35. Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
36. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
37. Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling
38. Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 20″
39. Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar
40. Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
41. Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 56″
42. Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling
43. Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha
44. Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 2′ 39″
45. Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2′ 42″
46. Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 3′ 26″
47. Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
48. Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 3′ 35″
49. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 4′ 40″
50. Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
51. Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
52. Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 5′ 13″
53. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka
54. Mark Renshaw (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
55. Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
56. Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard
57. Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
58. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
59. Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling
60. Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling
61. Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
62. Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
63. Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
64. Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol
65. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
66. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
67. Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge
68. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
69. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard
70. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp
71. Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
72. Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
73. Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
74. Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Sharp
75. Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
76. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
77. Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team
78. Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
79. Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
80. Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team
81. Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 7′ 49″
82. Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 8′ 59″
83. Marco Bandiera (Ita) IAM Cycling 9′ 20″
84. Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
85. Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
86. Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 9′ 22″
87. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp
88. Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-Euskadi 11′ 19″
89. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 11′ 21″
90. Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 11′ 29″
91. Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol
92. Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp
93. Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge
94. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
95. Alessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 11′ 39″
96. Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling 11′ 44″
97. Murilo Antonio FISCHER
98. Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
99. Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
100. Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
101. David Tanner (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
102. Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka 11′ 46″
103. Jacobus Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
104. Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
105. Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
106. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
107. Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-Merida
108. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
109. Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 11′ 49″
110. Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp
111. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
112. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
113. Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team
114. Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
115. Rick Flens (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
116. Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling
117. Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol
118. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling
119. Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar
120. Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha
121. Tomas Aurelio Gil Martinez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
122. Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
123. Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
124. Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 11′ 56″
125. Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 13′ 09″
126. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
127. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
128. Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka
129. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
130. Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard
131. Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling
132. Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
133. Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
134. Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 15′ 03″
135. Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Katusha 18′ 25″
DNF Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
DNF Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
DNF Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
DNF Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
DNF Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli
DNF Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
DNF Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
DNF Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
DNF Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
DNF Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
DNF Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
DNF Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
DNF Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
DNF Maarten Wynants (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
DNF Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team
DNF Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team
DNF Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
DNF Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
DNF Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling
DNF Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
DNF Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Robert Vrecer (Slo) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ
DNF Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ
DNF Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Sharp
DNF David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp
DNF Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha
DNF Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
DNF Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol
DNF Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol
DNF Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team
DNF Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka
DNF Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
DNF Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
DNF Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
DNF Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
DNF Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
DNF Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
DNF Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard
DNF Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard
DNF Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
DNF Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling
DNF Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling
DNF Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling
DNF Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
DNF Ji Cheng (Chn) Team Argos-Shimano
DNF Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
DNF Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar
DNF Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
DNF Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
DNF Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
DNF Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia