One day races offer some exciting duals to the finish, this one was no exception. The annual race from Milan to Turn is over 130 years old and full of tradition thus this year’s race has attracted the whose who of men’s cycling. The list included Tour De France winner Pogacar, Primoz Roglic the La Vuelta champ, Adam Yates, Michael Woods the list goes on. Roglic displaying his mountain prowess by besting Yates on the final ascent(one of the traditional two). The race really came to life in the final 50km in which Yates was in the lagging group but caught up.
The start wasn’t as frenetic as I would have hoped given the flat nature of the surface and ideal weather conditions. Yates was really attacking in the climb with 4km to go. My opinion is with late attackers like Valverde and Roglic behind him, holding back until 3.5km to go would have seen Adam win the race. As it played out Yates ran out of gas and vintage Roglic rode alone for the final kilometers. A few lessons in there about riding an ascent. One, give your legs help by thrusting your body forwards whilst also sitting up just like Yates did. Two, the breathing needs to be regulated, breathing in just before the thrust of the foot on the paddle and out just after.