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Milan-Sanremo 2022, all Italians in the race. Large group of Azzurri, Ganna, Viviani and Nizzolo stand out

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We are on the eve of the Milan-Sanremo 2022, the legendary race which, as always, will be the first of the five seasonal Monumental Classics . The list of possible winners is as always very broad, but this year two riders seem to be the best equipped to win the Spring Classic: Tadej Pogacar and Wout Van Aert.

The last success of an Italian on the Ligurian roads dates back to 2018, when Vincenzo Nibali, with an action of great timing and extraordinary class, managed to detach everyone on the Poggio, increasing his advantage on the descent towards Sanremo and then resisting the return of the group creating a real masterpiece . To find other Italian triumphs you have to go back to the beginning of the century when Mario Cipollini, Paolo Bettini, Alessandro Petacchi and Filippo Pozzato succeeded in establishing themselves within five years.

As always, the group of Italians will be very dense, in a startlist that is still being defined, the names of the Azzurri are already 39, scattered a little in all the teams present at the start. Some of them will also start with ambitions to do well and why not, to seek success. The most accredited seems to be Filippo Ganna . The Verbanese has declared that he wants to try and, even if online races are not yet his territory of conquest, if he were to manage to follow an attack on the Poggio and perhaps to cross the hill with a few seconds of advantage, few runners could be more suitable than him. to maintain that gap until the finish line.

With Sonny Colbrelli’s forfeit and in part also Matteo Trentin’s, the only other cards for Italy could be Elia Viviani and Giacomo Nizzolo. Both are hoping for a group finish and then make a difference in the sprint. The season started in a somewhat fluctuating way for both of us, but the Milan-Sanremo is a race different from all the others and anything can happen. A great expert in the field of Monument Classics and victories without starting with the ranks of the favorite is certainly Alberto Bettiol, who returned at the last moment due to the forfeit of Magnus Cort Nielsen. The Tuscan rider had started the season in a very convincing way until Covid forced him to a long stop, he could be among those who will try from afar. The same goes for Alessandro Covi who will probably work for captain Pogacar but will be ready to exploit any possibility.

Below is a detailed team-by-team list of all the Italians who confirmed their presence at the start of the Milan-Sanremo 2022:

Milan-Sanremo 2022: startlist and list of participants. Pogacar, Ganna and Van Aert stand out

AG2R CITROEN TEAM
Andrea Vendrame

ASTANA QAZAQSTAN
Gianni Moscon
Fabio Felline

BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS
Damiano Caruso

BORA – HANSGROHE
Giovanni Aleotti

COFIDIS
Davide Cimolai
Simone Consonni

EF EDUCATION – EASYPOST
Alberto Bettiol

INEOS GRENADIERS
Filippo Ganna
Elia Viviani

INTERMARCHE ‘- WANTY – GOBERT
Andrea Pasqualon

ISRAEL – PREMIER TECH
Giacomo Nizzolo

JUMBO – VISMA
Edoardo Affini

LOTTO-SOUDAL
Filippo Conca

QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL
Andrea Bagioli
Mattia Cattaneo

TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE – JAYCO
Alexander Konychev

UAE TEAM EMIRATES
Alessandro Covi
Davide Formolo
Oliviero Troia
Diego Ulissi

ALPECIN – FENIX
Kristian Sbaragli

BARDIANI CSF FAIZANÈ
Luca Covili
Filippo Fiorelli
Davide Gabburo
Sacha Modolo
Luca Rastelli
Alessandro Tonelli
Filippo Zana

DRONE HOPPER – ANDRONI TOYS
Umberto Marengo
Filippo Tagliani

AEOLUS – KOMETA
Vincenzo Albanese
Davide Bais
Francesco Gavazzi
Mirco Maestri
Samuel Rivi
Diego Rosa

TOTALENERGIES
Daniel Oss
Niccolò Bonifazio


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