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Kwiatkowski beats Sagan and Alaphilippe to win thrilling Milano-Sanremo

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Milano-Sanremo 2017

Former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) won a photo-finish sprint on the Via Roma in Milano-Sanremo.

The Polish rider edged the world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) on the line in a thrilling finish.

Sagan led a three-man breakaway on the Poggio 6.5km from the finish line and looked set for victory as the leaders entered San Remo. However, Kwiatkowski was faster and crossed the finish line ahead of Sagan to take the victory in this year’s edition of ‘La Classicissima’.

After the race a thrilled Kwiatkowski said: “Winning Milan-San Remo is an incredible feeling I’m really thankful for my team-mates. They did an incredible job today. I didn’t expect Sagan would go on the Poggio. It looked like it was leading to a bunch sprint.

“I felt pretty strong and it was amazing to be there with Sagan and Alaphilippe. I tried to focus to do my best sprint. It’s unbelievable.”

As usual the fireworks began on the Cipressa and the race was stretched to breaking point on the penultimate climb. The peloton then came back together on the approach to the Poggio, but with 6.3km to go Sagan lit it up, with only two riders able to follow, making the famous left-hand turn with a good advantage. The trio held off the chasing pack by five seconds at the finish, with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) winning the sprint for fourth.


Milano-Sanremo 2017 results:

1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

7:08:39

2 Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

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3 Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

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4 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin)

+05”

5 Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)

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6 Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

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7 John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)

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8 Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)

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9 Elia Viviani (Team Sky)

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10 Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott)

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11 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott)

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12 Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

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13 Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida)

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14 Daniele Bennati (Movistar)

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15 Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)

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16 Luka Mezgec (Orica-Scott)

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17 Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates)

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18 Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

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19 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

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20 Marco Canola (Nippo – Vini Fantini)

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