The 2013 edition of Milan – San Remo will be remembered for its freezing conditions, unplanned interruption, and heroic riders.

Heavy snowfall that day resulted in the organisers reducing the race distance from 298 kilometres to 246 kilometres and removing two key climbs – the Passo del Turchino and Le Manie.

They arranged a bus transfer for the race to begin a second time but a number of riders decided not to restart, including Omega Pharma–Quick-Step’s Tom Boonen.

On the descent of the Poggio, a group of six formed including pre-race favourites Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and 2008 winner Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack–Leopard).

The sextet remained together until the finish, where Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka) won the sprint ahead of Sagan and Cancellara.

Here’s a look at the epic day through the lens of Specialized Racing.


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