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Cycling Mohoric stuns favorites and wins Milan-Sanremo

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FILE PHOTO: Cycling – Tour de France – Stage 20 – Libourne to Saint-Emilion – France – July 17, 2021 Bahrain Victorious rider Matej Mohoric of Slovenia in action during Stage 20 REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

March 19, 2022

SANREMO, Italy (Reuters) – Slovenia’s Matej Mohoric stunned the pre-race favorites to win the classic Milan-Sanremo Monument after a perfect attack on Saturday’s final descent.

The Bahrain Victorious rider was still in contention after Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar accelerated on the final Poggio climb and charged forward at the start of the downhill section leading to Via Roma.

Mohoric, who won two stages of the Tour de France last year, rode at breakneck speed and took every risk, nearly falling twice, but he looked back just 50 yards from the line as he made sure he didn’t catch would.

France’s Anthony Turgis finished second after breaking away from the chasing group, while Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel finished third in his first road race of the season.

“I worked for it all winter, I knew this could be my day. I risked the descent,” said Mohoric after 293 kilometers of the longest professional race of the season.

“I knew I could make a big difference on the descent.”

His Slovenian compatriot Pogacar, who attacked relentlessly on the Poggio, finished fifth while Belgian Wout van Aert, the other top favorite, was too passive and finished eighth.

Britain’s Tom Pidcock made a surprise exit before the real action began, while three-time world champion Peter Sagan suffered a mechanical failure at the worst moment – just before Cipressa, the penultimate ascent of the day.

(Writing by Julien Pretot; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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