Milan-San Remo preview and Tirreno talking points

March 15, 2018

In this week’s episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, we have exclusive interviews with Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel, Michal Kwiatkowski and Pippo Pozzato.

 Recorded on the morning of the final time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico, our very own Stephen Farrand and Daniel Benson look back at the major talking points from the Italian WorldTour race, and then discuss the form of the main contenders for Saturday’s Milan-San Remo.

 At Tirreno-Adriatico Kwiatkowski conquered all with a complete performance on the flats and in the mountains. We talked to him ahead of the final time trial about his Milan-San Remo defence and the growing debate as to whether he could, and should, switch to Grand Tour riding. It’s a quandary he could face this season given the uncertainty over Chris Froome’s future. The Polish all-rounder has now won back-to-back stages races this season.

 Peter Sagan – arguably the favourite for Milan-San Remo given his stature, form and qualities – gives us a short take on his condition and hopes for the weekend. The three-time world champion isn’t one for making bold predictions but his take on the race is ever-worth listening to.

 Now confirmed to make his debut in the race, Marcel Kittel, explains his philosophy about approaching the race. The German had a disappointing start to the season but found his legs and his leadout to be firing on all cylinders in Tirreno. Kittel won two stages but only time will tell if he can make it over the climbs and compete for the win. We spoke to him before his confirmed participation but his answers are still insightful and telling when it comes to the pressure he is trying to distance himself from.

 And finally, we talk to Pippo Pozzato, the last Italian winner of the one-day event. His 2014 triumph essentially made his career, and although he is close to retirement the enigmatic Italian could still be a factor in the race. His greatest strength these days is undoubtedly his experience and he talks about the development of the race and shares his favourites.

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