‘Milan-San Remo is not a lottery if someone can win it seven times’

Fernando Gaviria believes he can win La Primavera after Tirreno-Adriatico stage win

Fernando Gaviria before stage six of Tirreno-Adriatico

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Italians know San Remo for its casino and say that Milan-San Remo, the famous one-day race to the seaside town, is a lottery. Colombian Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors), winner of today's Tirreno-Adriatico stage in Civitanova Marche ahead of Peter Sagan, disagrees.

Gaviria, in his debut last year at the age of just 21, already appeared able to win the Italian Monument, but crashed in the last 300 metre, of the 293km race, with Frenchman Arnaud Démare (FDJ) winning.

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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.