17 March 2013
Many cycling races had to deal with some bad weather conditions this year.
As a result of this, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne was cancelled, which had
only happened two times before, in 1986 and 1993 to be precise.
Dwars Door Drenthe and Nokere-Koerse did not take place
either because there was too much snow on the roads.
Today it was time for the classic Milano-Sanremo.
Many people always look forward to this Italian race,
because it marks the start of ‘La Primavera’.
However, Spring still seems to be far away this year.
The riders started Milano-Sanremo (or should we say Milano – Snow Remo
this time?), but soon they discovered that the roads were not snow free yet.
Everyone got back inside the team buses when the organization had
finally decided to shorten the race in order to secure the riders’ safety.
In case people were wondering what the riders were doing during
their wait for the new start, twitter turned out to be very helpful.
David Millar tweeted that Robbie Hunter had provided him with
the quote of the day: “When my eyeball froze, that’s when I lost my shit.”
Simon Geschke confessed that he “never got so cold in a race before”.
Mark Cavendish did not need that many words: “Fucking. Freezing.”
Belgian commentator and journalist Renaat Schotte made a video to show
how tough it was for the riders in the first few hours of the race.
Niki Terpstra also shared his feelings by stating: “I am frozen!!!!”
Taylor Phinney also tweeted in the bus after neutralization: “So. Cold.”
Despite the cold, he did manage to become 7th at the end of the day.
David Millar was the most active tweeter and shared photos of all
his cold teammates and called the race ”Milan Narnia San Remo”.
“We are animals in the zoo…” tweeted Adam Hansen.
The Lotto-Belisol rider encouraged his fans to put on the tv
and “laugh at us all” because “haahahahahaha….. we are the joke”.
Koen de Kort tweeted that “this could be biathlon” because it
was snowing so much. He then wondered: “If so, can I be shot first?”
Movistar sprinter José Joaquin Rojas shared a photo of
one of his feet and tweeted: “I have feet like Shrek!”
Peter Sagan enjoyed his so-called coffee break and clearly
was still eagerly looking forward to the second part of the race.
It was no surprise that he was the second rider who crossed the finish line.
Only Gerald Ciolek from Team MTN-Qhubeka was better than the
young rider from Cannondale and became the 2013 winner of the race.
He tweeted a photo with the text “halftime at SanRemo”, showing that he approached the bad weather with a relaxed attitude and a bright jersey.
This special edition had a German winner from a South-African team.
The contrast between warm and sunny South-Africa and the cold and rainy weather in Italy today could not have been bigger.
The Katusha team called this “a day to remember” on Twitter.
Joaquim Rodríguez said the following about all the survivors of
Milano-Sanremo: “They’re true heroes from the first to the last!!”
Now let’s hope for the riders that Spring is just around the corner.
© Photos Milano-Sanremo 2013: Gerald Ciolek’s legs, Adam Hansen’s bus drive, Peter Sagan, Team Argos-Shimano, Tyler Farrar, José Joaquin Rojas’ foot, Taylor Phinney, David Millar, Jack Bauer & Alex Howes