Milan-San Remo kicks off with sunny start (photos)

Opening Monument of the 2016 season starts in Milan, under sunny skies

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Milan-San Remo started this morning, with 25 teams and 199 riders rolling out of Milan under clear, sunny skies.

The weather forecast for the day is almost perfect for a fast race: very little wind, no cloud cover and temperatures predicted to reach as high at 16°C.

There was one non-starter: Moreno Hofland (LottoNL-Jumbo) was forced to withdraw due to illness.

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As we write this, an escape group of 11 riders has over 10 minutes advantage over the peloton with 250km remaining.

Fabian Cancellara celebrates his 35th birthday before the 2016 Milan-San Remo

Fabian Cancellara celebrates his 35th birthday before the 2016 Milan-San Remo
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World champion Peter Sagan signs on - can he win his first Monument?
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Italian favourite Vincenzo Nibali
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Fabian Cancellara will lead Trek-Segafredo
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The riders roll out for the first of 291 kilometres
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Photos: RCS Sport

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Nigel Wynn
Nigel Wynn

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.