Milano-Sanremo by Namedsport, the first Classic Monument of the season, will be held on Saturday 19 March this year, St Joseph’s Day as in the past; the race is going back to its roots. The route is near-identical to 2015, covering the Turchino, the Capi, the Cipressa and the Poggio, but 2km shorter thanks to a new road in Genova-Voltri, the total distance is reduced slightly from 293 to 291km.
The Milano-Sanremo by NamedSport is raced on the classic route which has connected Milan to the Riviera di Ponente over the last 109 years, via Pavia, Ovada, Passo del Turchino, and then descending towards Genoa Voltri. From here, the route strikes west, passing through Varazze, Savona, Albenga, Imperia and San Lorenzo al Mare where, after the classic sequence of the “Capi” (Capo Mele, Capo Cervo and Capo Berta), the peloton negotiates two climbs which have entered the race route in recent decades: the Cipressa (1982) and Poggio di Sanremo (1961). The Cipressa is just over 5.6km long with a gradient of 4.1%. The descent leading back down to the SS 1 Aurelia road is highly technical.
The ascent of Poggio di Sanremo starts 9km before the finish line. The climb is 3.7km long with an average gradient of less than 4%, and a maximum of 8% in the segment shortly before the top of the climb. The road is slightly narrower, with four hairpin turns in the first 2km. The descent is extremely technical, on asphalt roads, narrow at points and with a succession of hairpins, twist and turns as far as the junctions with SS1 Aurelia. The final part of the descent enters urban San Remo and the last 2km are on long, straight urban roads. 850m from the finish line there is a left-hand bend on a roundabout. The last bend, leading into the home straight, is 750m from the finish line.
Milano-Sanremo by NamedSport will be shown in 163 countries. In total, 19 different networks will cover the Primavera, 13 of them live.The host broadcaster, Rai, will broadcast the race live.
Eurosport 1 will show Milano-Sanremo by NamedSport live across continental Europe, with commentary in 19 languages. Also providing live coverage in Europe are NOS in the Netherlands, Teledeporte in Spain, SRG SSR in Switzerland (RSI in Italian, RTS in French and SRF in German). In Belgium VRT and RTBF will broadcast the race live (in Flemish and French, respectively), in Norway on Max.
Also providing live coverage in Europe is beIN Sports, who will broadcast the race in France. The latter also holds the rights in the United States and for 23 territories in the Middle East and North Africa. Supersport will show race highlights in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In the Americas, Milano Sanremo by Namedsport will be shown in Canada on French-speaking RDS, in Mexico on TDN, in Brazil on ESPN Brasil and in the other South American Spanish-speaking territories on ESPN Sur.
In Asia, the race will be shown live by Eurosport Asia-Pacific. Japan is served by J Sports. The key phases of the race will be shown in China on LETV, Thailand on True Visions and Vietnam on FPT Telecom.
The Primavera will be broadcast down under too, thanks to the highlights on Sky Sports New Zealand and the double coverage in Australia: live on SBS, highlights on Fox-Aus.
SNTV – Sports News Television will distributes images of the race worldwide and, thanks to Sport24, highlights will be distributed all over the world on the SNTV – Sports News Television platform and, thanks to Sport24, will be visible on aeroplanes and cruises.
You can follow Milano-Sanremo by NamedSport daily with a Twitter feed bringing all the news directly from the race, by following the official Twitter account @Milano_Sanremo. Use the hashtag #MSR to send your comments.