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Milan-San Remo 2022: Route, start list and all you need to know

Will Strickson
10 Mar 2022

A hub of television coverage, previews and all you need to about the 2022 Milan-San Remo

Milan-San Remo is the first Monument of the year on the pro cycling calendar. Falling in March, it has the alternative names of La Primavera – The Spring Classic – and La Classicissima – essentially meaning the greatest of all the Classics. This year’s edition will be held on Saturday 19th March 2022.

It's one of the oldest races on the calendar, having been first held in 1907, and with a total route distance (including neutral zone) of over 300km, it’s also the longest.

But the real selling point of Milan-San Remo is its sheer unpredictability. The race’s length, combined with some spitefully placed climbs right at the end of the route and the constant risk of inclement weather, opens up the possibilities for a lot of riders.

Big breakaways, small breakaways, bunch sprints and brave solo attacks can all win on the day, with everyone from the burliest of sprinters to the slightest of climbers in with a chance of riding to glory on the Ligurian coastline.


Milan-San Remo 2022: Key information  

  • Date: Saturday 19th March 2022  
  • Start: Milan, Italy  
  • Finish: San Remo, Italy  
  • Distance: 293km  
  • UK live television coverage: 08:30-16:30 GCN+, Eurosport 2, Eurosport Player  
  • Last winner: Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

Milan-San Remo 2022: Route and profile

Although this year’s route has been shortened by 6km, it has all the same important sectionns and is still a mammoth 293km, with the magic 300km hit thanks to a 9.8km neutral zone.

That does mean, unfortunately, we’re all but guaranteed the traditional snooze-fest until the last 60km.

Even with the riders good and softened by the preceding 240km, the Tre Capi (Capo Mele, Capo Cervo and Capo Berta) are still barely noticeable bumps in the road. Their arrival signifies that it’s time for the teams to start pressing on in earnest.

Already wound up to near warp-speed by this point, the end game really kicks off with the 5.6km long Cipressa. With an average gradient of 4.1%, it comes after 263km and with gradients touching 9%, its a bona fide climbing test that has often foiled the plans of sprinters hoping to cling on for a bunch finish.

Most of the time it serves mainly as an opportunity to potentially get rid of some of your rivals rather than win the race outright, but it’s not impossible to launch a successful attack here either. Vincenzo Nibali made good ground on the bunch by attacking on the Cipressa in 2014, as did Pantani in 1999.

Still, to make anything stick has proven notoriously difficult, and the reason for that is the flat section that lies between it and the approaching Poggio. 

Usually, the Poggio di San Remo is the day’s decisive climb. If a rider or group is going to make a break from the pack, it’s more than likely to come on the upper slopes of this iconic climb.

Coming a mere 9km from the finish, positioning here is vital, something that guarantees the peloton will hit it at almost sprint pace.

This ascent is only 3.7km and its ramps are not particularly severe, but the speed at which it is taken, added to the fatigue induced from the Cipressa not to mention the 280km the riders have ridden by this point, is truly phenomenal and means that groups coming over the top are often in a bedraggled state.

They’re then instantly thrown into a highly technical descent, which has also proven a launchpad for decisive attacks in the past. Yet when it levels out again in the middle of San Remo, the roads are wide enough that any escaped rider will find themselves well within sight of the bunch.

The final bend comes with 750m to go. Swinging right onto the Via Roma finishing straight, it’s rare even for breakaway riders to get time to take their hands off the bars. 



How to watch Milan-San Remo 2022

Live coverage of this year’s Milan-San Remo will be provided by Eurosport and GCN+ with full coverage of the entire race expected on the latter if you want to watch nothing happen for most of the day.

For a full guide on how to catch live coverage and highlights of Milan-San Remo 2022, visit our full TV guide.

Milan-San Remo live coverage

All times are subject to change by the broadcasters

Saturday, 19th March: Eurosport 2, 08:30-16:30
Saturday, 19th March: Eurosport Player, 08:30-16:30
Saturday, 19th March: GCN+, 08:30-16:30

Who are the favourites for Milan-San Remo 2022?

While we wait for the start list to be confirmed, expect the big guns to be out in force for the first huge race of the year.

Big favourite is 2020 winner Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), who is perfectly suited to the parcours given that he can sprint and climb with the very best. He also has a stacked squad including Primož Roglič and Christophe Laporte.

However everyone will be looking over their shoulders for Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates). The back-to-back Tour de France champion won two Monuments last year and is without doubt looking to add to his set. He also utterly dominated Strade Bianche so his Classics legs are flying.

Don’t write off in-form former World Champion Mads Pedersen either, who has stepped in last minute to replace defending champ Jasper Stuyven in the squad, he climbs better than sprinters and sprints better than climbers.

Oh and there are also increasingly loud whispers that a certain Mathieu van der Poel will make his return to racing at La Classicissima.

Milan-San Remo 2022: start list

WorldTour teams

AG2R-Citroën  

Mikaël Cherel 
Benoît Cosnefroy 
Bob Jungels 
Greg Van Avermaet 
Gijs Van Hoecke 
Andrea Vendrame 
Larry Warbasse

Astana Qazaqstan  

Leonardo Basso 
Manuele Boara 
Fabio Felline 
Yevgeniy Gidich 
Davide Martinelli 
Gianni Moscon 
Artyom Zakharov

Bahrain Victorious  

Yukiya Arashiro 
Phil Bauhaus 
Damiano Caruso 
Jonathan Milan 
Matej Mohorič 
Jan Tratnik 
Jasha Sütterlin

Bora-Hansgrohe  

Giovanni Aleotti 
Cesare Benedetti 
Marco Haller 
Ryan Mullen 
Ide Schelling 
Danny van Poppel

Cofidis  

Bryan Coquard 
Davide Cimolai 
Simone Consonni 
Simon Geschke 
Pierre-Luc Périchon 
Szymon Sajnok 
Davide Villella

EF Education-EasyPost  

Alberto Bettiol 
Owain Doull 
Jonas Rutsch 
Tom Scully 
James Shaw 
Michael Valgren 
Julius van den Berg

Groupama-FDJ  

Clément Davy 
Arnaud Démare 
Kevin Geniets 
Ignatas Konovalovas 
Quentin Pacher 
Anthony Roux 
Miles Scotson

Ineos Grenadiers  

Filippo Ganna 
Ethan Hayter 
Michał Kwiatkowski 
Tom Pidcock 
Luke Rowe 
Ben Swift 
Elia Viviani

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux  

Biniam Girmay 
Alexander Kristoff 
Andrea Pasqualon 
Simone Petilli 
Lorenzo Rota 
Rein Taaramäe 
Loic Vliegen

Israel-Premier Tech   

Matthias Brändle 
Alex Cataford 
Alex Dowsett 
Omer Goldstein 
Krists Neilands 
Giacomo Nizzolo 
Rick Zabel

Jumbo-Visma  

Edoara Affini 
Christophe Laporte 
Primož Roglič 
Wout van Aert 
Jos van Emden 
Tosh Van der Sande 
Nathan Van Hooydonck

Lotto Soudal  

Filippo Conca 
Frederik Frison 
Philippe Gilbert 
Roger Kluge 
Maxim Van Gils 
Florian Vermeersch 

Movistar Team  

Alex Aranburu 
Will Barta 
Iván García Cortina 
Abner González 
Iñigo Elosegui 
Max Kanter 
Gonzalo Serrano

QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Team 

Andrea Bagioli 
Davide Ballerini 
Mattia Cattaneo 
Mikkel Honoré 
Fabio Jakobsen 
Florian Sénéchal 
Zdeněk Štybar  

Team BikeExchange-Jayco   

Lawson Craddock 
Luke Durbridge 
Alex Edmondson 
Alexander Konychev 
Michael Matthews 
Cameron Meyer 
Luka Mezgec

Team DSM  

Søren Kragh Andersen 
John Degenkolb 
Nico Denz 
Nils Eekhoff 
Andreas Leknessund 
Joris Nieuwenhuis 
Kevin Vermaerke 

Trek-Segafredo  

Gianluca Brambilla
Tony Gallopin
Alex Kirsch
Jacopo Mosca
Mads Pedersen
Simon Pellaud
Toms Skujiņš

UAE Team Emirates

Alessandro Covi 
Davide Formolo 
Ryan Gibbons 
Tadej Pogačar 
Jan Polanc 
Oliviero Troia 
Diego Ulissi

ProTeam Wildcards

Alpecin-Fenix   

Silvan Dillier 
Michael Gogl 
Stefano Oldani 
Jasper Philipsen 
Kristian Sbaragli 
Robert Stannard 
Mathieu van der Poel

Bardiani-CSF-Faizane 

Luca Covili 
Filippo Fiorelli 
Davide Gabburo 
Sacha Modolo 
Luca Rastelli 
Alessandro Tonelli 
Filippo Zana

Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli 

Eduard-Michael Grosu 
Umberto Marengo 
Didier Merchan 
Jhonathan Restrepo 
Filippo Tagliani 
Edoardo Zardini 
Ricardo Alejandro Zurita

Eolo-Kometa  

Vincenzo Albanese 
Davide Bais 
Francesco Gavazzi 
Mirco Maestri 
Samuele Rivi 
Diego Rosa 
Diego Pablo Sevilla

Team Arkéa-Samsic 

Maxime Bouet 
Nacer Bouhanni 
Romain Hardy 
Kévin Ledanois 
Laurent Pichon  
Clément Russo 
Connor Swift

Total Energies  

Edvald Boasson Hagen 
Maciej Bodnar 
Niccolò Bonifazio 
Daniel Oss 
Peter Sagan 
Julien Simon

Milan-San Remo previous winners 

2021 - Jasper Stuyven (BEL) Trek-Segafredo
2020 - Wout van Aert (BEL) Team Jumbo–Visma
2019 - Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) Deceuninck-QuickStep
2018 - Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Bahrain-Merida
2017 - Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) Team Sky
2016 - Arnaud Demare (FRA) FDJ
2015 - John Degenkolb (GER) Giant-Alpecin
2014 - Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Katusha
2013 - Gerard Ciolek (GER) MTN-Qhubeka
2012 - Simon Gerrans (AUS) Orica-GreenEdge
2011 - Matthew Goss (AUS) HTC High Road
2010 - Oscar Freire (ESP) Rabobank
2009 - Mark Cavendish (GBR) Colombia-HTC
2008 - Fabian Cancellara (SUI) CSC

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