Friday Group Ride #62

Let me just put out a list of potential Milan-San Remo winners first: Phillipe Gilbert, Thor Hushovd, Mark Cavendish, Tyler Farrar, Heinrich Haussler, JJ Haedo, Peter Sagan, Oscar Freire, Michelle Scarponi, Damiano Cunego, Alessandro Ballan, Giovanni Viscontini, Matt Goss, Filippo Pozzato, Alessandro Petacchi, Andre Greipel, Alan Davis, Tom Boonen, Ed Bo Hagen, Fabian Cancellara.

That’s 20 names. And there were some I left out, just because I thought them unlikely winners. I don’t see any of the above as dark horses.

Of course, it really depends on what sort of race gets run. Last year I remember waiting for the climb of the Cipressa and thinking “someone’s got to attack here,” but then they didn’t, and it all came back together. Oscar Freire won out of the sprint in his typical out-of-nowhere style.

History suggests that the Cipressa and Poggio seldom serve as effective springboards for non-sprinting winners, so you can probably cross of names like Scarponi, Cunego, Ballan and Viscontini, but who wouldn’t love to see SOMEONE spring a surprise and stay away? Scarponi is in such wicked form, you can just about see him pulling it off.

In the end, it will come down to who is hungriest.

So this week’s Group Ride asks the question: Who is, in fact, hungriest? Who’s going to win the 2011 Classica de la Primavera, the 102nd Milan-San Remo?

Image: John Pierce, Photosport International

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  1. Yorkie

    Thor – all the way. He is so strong he rode Farrar off his wheel leading him out, and he’s a proven winner. With the WC stripes on his jersey he will be gagging for the win, and I think he’s the kind of sprinter who will do well once the younger guys have worn themselves down a bit on the climbs/distance

  2. Brad

    Freire. It’s his to loose. Watch the camera on the descent before the via roma — he’ll be there, lurking, perfectly positioned and as mentioned earlier, spring from nowhere to win #4.

  3. Marco Placero

    Tom Boonen needs a win and I wouldn’t mind seeing him kick his season up the Cipressa. Other than that, an Italian. Of course if Farrar won I’d be happy. Guess I’m just glad Classics Season is here.

  4. Champs

    Somehow nobody guessed Goss. The High Road squad just races on another level, no matter what kind of superteam you try to assemble with the open market. Greipel sure isn’t having the same results at Lotto.

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