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Gallery: Milan-San Remo 2022 is a victory for dropper posts everywhere

A daredevil descent, spirited breakaway and lightning-fast climbing highlight the first Monument of the season

Joe Robinson
21 Mar 2022

A Slovenian winning Milan-San Remo was no surprise but the rider who triumphed was not the one we were all expecting. 

Crossing the Via Roma line on Saturday, Bahrain-Victorious's Matej Mohorič took his first career Monument, the biggest victory of his career so far and the crown for being the best, or at least bravest, descender in the professional peloton.

After two sickingly-fast ascents of the Cipressa and Poggio, a dramatically reduced peloton began its descent into San Remo. It was here where Mohorič rolled the dice, nipping to the front, laying it all on the line, dropping everyone and everything in sight, seatpost and all.

Not always perfect, the 27-year-old pushed his bike and ability to the limits, avoiding walls and drains alike, to get rid of his rivals who were not so much unable to follow him but were unwilling to take the same risks.

The risk paid off as by the line Mohorič emerged victorious, beating a spirited Anthony Turgis TotalEnergies into second and a returning Mathieu van der Poel of Alpecin-Fenix into third. Thankfully, Tadej Pogačar managed only fifth.

Read on to experience the race through the lens of Chris Auld.

Milan-San Remo 2022

The stunning Vigorelli Velodrome in Milan saw the start of Milan-San Remo.

From the city of Milan to the Ligurian coastline, Milan-San Remo is one of the prettiest races on the pro calendar.

A single line of riders strung out by the furious pace ahead.

An Essexman and a Welshman ride up a climb on their bikes.

Matej Mohorič's victory in sequence.

The best of the rest is TotalEnergies rider Anthony Turgis, who impressed with a late attack.

Smiles for some.

Frowns for others.

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