When an Italian strong to the season starts, dream of Italy immediate national success in Milan-San Remo. Elia Viviani wins the assembly line in 2018 and is tipped as a successor of Filippo Pozzato, the last Italian winner of La Primavera in 2006. “Peter Sagan is the only one that can make all the difference on the Poggio,” says the fast man of Quick Step Floors to Cyclingnews.
Milan-San Remo is traditionally the first major classic of the cycling season and is this year held on 17 march. Quick Step offers for good practice on a very strong team and is prepared for all scenarios in San Remo. Elia Viviani is part of that team and wrote this season all five stages on his name.
With his victory in the second race at Abu Dhabi he continued his strong seizoensbegin yet again in the paint. “I am but one of the options that Quick Step has for San Remo. With Fernando Gaviria, Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert, there is no shortage of competition for the leadership”, he left after that victory again.
Ex-world champion Philippe Gilbert wants to after the Tour of Lombardy, liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo win.“Gilbert wants the five monuments acquiring and is certainly motivated, Alaphilippe finished last year as the third and Gaviria ended when fifth. We are strong and ready for a variety of scenarios.”
All eyes on peter Sagan
According to Viviani depends on the scenario of the match of world champion Peter Sagan will do during the course. The Slovaak made in the last five years for animation in La Primavera, although he managed not to win. Last year placed Sagan a decisive demarrage on the Poggio, but he had to beat in the sprint are more recognize in Michal Kwiatkowski.
Viviani thinks that Sagan again will try. “Sagan will continue to try until he San Remo wins. We have to keep an eye on him and try to beat in the sprint. He is the only one who is currently with one demarrage can make all the difference on the Poggio. We’ll see what happens on the Cipressa and the Poggio.”
Competition with Gaviria
On the question of how Viviani and Gaviria, the other spurtbom of Quick Step, the tasks will divide as if a sprint is, replied the Italian as follows. “That is the question everyone is asking, you will know after the finish in Milan. If sprint comes, we will listen to the orders from the team management through the radio or do we do what the day before was decided. I know the plan now, not yet.””
Just as Viviani began Gaviria strongly to his season. The Colombian has already notched up four wins in 2018. The two were in 2016 still rock-hard rivals during the world cup Track in London. After Viviani in addition to a medal, took the podium, he stated openly the policy of Gaviria and Cavendish in question. Also during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro were the two competitors.
About the competition with Gaviria, now they have the same employer, the Italian optimistic. “Now that we’re in the same team driving, we are not competitors. We drive but a few matches together, our relationship is much improved. I always have respect for Fernando. He is a phenomenal cyclist, I hope that we both gain a lot.”
He denies that there are tensions. “There is no pressure or tension between us because we are different races. I know my program and I want as good as possible. I hope he has as much or even more wins than I do in his games. That is good for the team and Patrick Lefevere will be happy then.”