All in for the Poggio: Nine riders to watch at Milan-San Remo 2023

Analysing the top tier of contenders for La Classicissima this weekend, plus one or two surprise packages

Matej Mohoric
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The 2023 edition of Milan-San Remo takes place this weekend, and as always, the race is wide open with a variety of different riders taking part who are more than capable of winning.

As one of cycling’s five Monuments, the prestige of taking the honours on the Via Roma is huge. Speaking to CyclingWeekly, last year’s winner Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious) even went as far as saying that winning the Monument was bigger than his two Tour de France stage wins.

Due to the technicalities of the final third of the course, Milan-San Remo is a race that lends itself to many types of riders, and is no longer a race that favours sprinters. Puncheurs such as Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal Quick-Step) can try their luck on the ascent of the famous Poggio climb, while sprinters such as the Frenchman's teammate, Fabio Jakobsen, will hope things come back together for a mass bunch sprint for the line.

Alternatively, rouleurs such as Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) or Søren Kragh Andersen (DSM) can chance their arm at any moment while the puncheurs do battle. Last year, Mohorič’s breathtaking descent from the Poggio - aided by a dropper seat post - caught everyone by surprise.

Here’s our pick of the main men capable of following in the Slovenian’s footsteps this time out.

Biniam Girmay

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