The first of the Monuments of the professional cycling calendar, the Milan-San Remo, at a distance of 185 miles, is also the longest. Inaugurated in 1907, The 2014 Milano-San Remo will be the 105th time the race has taken place.
Eddy Merckx holds the record of the most Milan-San Remo victories with 7 wins between 1966 and 1976. Two British riders, Tommy Simpson (1964) and Mark Cavendish (2009) have triumphed and Sean Yates of Ireland won twice in the 1980's.
The Milan-San Remo is favoured by sprinters, though hills that have been increasingly incorporated into the event over the years, occasionally disrupted the ambitions of the sprint teams, most recently in 2006 when the Italian Filippo Pozzato kept his lead after seizing the initiative on the final climb. The undemanding gradients, however, mean that the most likely finale of the race will be a bunch sprint - Mark Cavendish famously secured victory by only two centimetres.
The 2013 edition of the race was held in atrocious conditions. Snow and freezing temperatures resulted in part of the race being neutralized, with traumatised riders limping to team buses with ice clinging to their bikes and helmets.
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