That there was a Belgian winner of the first monument of the season, Milan-San Remo was no surprise.
That it was the under rated Jasper Stuyven was.
The Trek man rode the perfect final remaining hidden all along the Capi before hanging in with the attacks on the Poggio.
As Tom Pidcock tried to force the pace on the downhill Stuyven waited and waited before launching the winning attack as the road flattened out.
He was briefly joined by Soren Kragh before timing his sprint so that the fast finshing Caleb Ewan came up just short.
|1||STUYVEN Jasper||Trek – Segafredo||500||275||6:38:06|
|2||EWAN Caleb||Lotto Soudal||400||200||,,|
|3||VAN AERT Wout||Team Jumbo-Visma||325||150||,,|
|4||SAGAN Peter||BORA – hansgrohe||275||120||,,|
|5||VAN DER POEL Mathieu||Alpecin-Fenix||225||100||,,|
|6||MATTHEWS Michael||Team BikeExchange||175||90||,,|
|7||ARANBURU Alex||Astana – Premier Tech||150||80||,,|
|8||COLBRELLI Sonny||Bahrain – Victorious||125||70||,,|
|9||KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren||Team DSM||100||60||,,|
|10||TURGIS Anthony||Team Total Direct Energie||85||50||,,|
The so-called “Holy Trinity” of Mathieu Van der Poel, Wout Van Aert and Julian Alaphillippe were outwitted by the winner after their attempts to attack were nullified on the final climb.
To be fair Van der Poel had looked slightly off the pace all day and was a way back on the Poggio.
Van Aert was able to follow the attack of Alaphillippe but the Frenchman certainly didn’t have the kick of previous years when he went.
More questions than answers from this race?
I would say yes. The coming weeks will be really interesting and could we have all be premature in calling those three amigos as unbeatable and miles ahead of the rest of the peloton?