MILRAM’s view of Milano-Sanremo

Dortmund, 22 March 2008.  Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara won the 99th edition of the classic Milano-Sanremo.  The CSC pro won after 298 km ahead of Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) and Belgian Philippe Gilbert of Team Francaise des Jeux.  The MILRAM sprinters came across the finish line with the main field.


Alessandro Petacchi:  “Actually we were doing quite well.  I held myself back on the Poggio, because I was speculating on a mass sprint.  Unfortunately the breakaway group worked well and was able to maintain its minimal lead to the end.”


Erik Zabel:  “Together with Fabio Sabatini I tried to close the gap to the leaders.  Unfortunately their lead was too big.  We did everything we could, but this time our tactics just didn’t work.”


Christian Knees:  “I could support Erik and Alessandro up to the last climb.  It was a very difficult race today, and especially the new climb Le Manie cost a lot of strength.  Unfortunately we couldn’t be involved in the finale as we had planned.  After such a strenuous day of such an extremely long race, that is naturally disappointing.”


MILRAM’s line-up:  Alberto Ongarato (ITA), Alessandro Petacchi (ITA), Christian Knees (GER/Euskirchen), Erik Zabel (GER/Unna), Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Marco Velo (ITA), Martin Müller (GER/Forst), Niki Terpstra (NED)

Directeur Sportif: Antonio Bevilaqua (ITA)


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