News: Milan-San Remo adds climb to finale


The 105th edition of the Milano-Sanremo on Sunday 23 March 2014 will see a new climb added to the route of the race

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The ascent of Le Manie has been removed and is replaced by the climb of Pompeiana at the end of the race. After the legendary 2013 edition, which saw a brutal snowstorm and was won in a spring finish by German Gerald Ciolek (Team MTN), the organisers – RCS Sport/La Gezzetta dello Sport – are making the Classic’s route more and more spectacular and unpredictable.

The new addition is the 5km long Pompeiana climb between the well known obstacles before San Remo of the Cipressa and Poggio. The finish line itself remains unchanged in Sanremo.

The new Milano – Sanremo race route is 299 km.

Pompeiana is 3.5km after the descent of the Cipressa where the riders leave the Aurelia road and begin the start of the climb of the Pompeiana. The climb, which is 5km long with an average gradient of 5% and a maximum of 14% at its steepest point, begins steadily at 6-7% before narrowing slightly, flattens and kicks with a very hard 500m section consisting of a pair left/right bends with a gradient between 10-14%.

A gradual slope follows on with a narrow track up to the top of the climb, 20.7km from the finish, and then up to Castellaro. Here the twisty technical descent begins that takes the riders down to Arma di Taggia where the route re-joins the Aurelia and the historical race route. From here, there is just 4.4km of racing to be done before the start of the crucial Poggio climb.


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