Pompeiana climb ruled unsafe for Milan-San Remo

Road surface on Pompeiana climb cannot be repaired in time for Milan-San Remo, opening way for sprinters to contend

Gerald Ciolek wins Milan-San Remo 2013

The Milan-San Remo one-day classic will have to return to its former route with the Pompeiana climb ruled unsafe. The local government said today that the road above the Italy's Ligurian coast is closed and unable to support an international race on March 23. Its decision opens the door again to sprinters like 2009 winner Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and defending champion Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka).

"It's not possible [that the road can be repaired in time]. It's not my opinion but province's. This road isn't safe enough to allow an event of this level," Michele Russo, director of roads and transport for the Imperia province, told Cycling Weekly this morning.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.