Milan – San Remo

MSR is the first of the cycling Monuments of the year. One day races steeped in history and quaint European weirdness. The MSR has been going for 104 years. It has never been won by an Australian. Enter Matt Goss.

The other Monuments are:

  • Tour of Flanders (aka “Ronde van Vlaanderen”) first raced 1913
  • Paris-Roubaix (“Queen of the Classics” or “L’enfer du Nord”) 1896
  • Liège – Bastogne – Liège (“La Doyene”) 1892
  • Giro di Lombardi (“Race of Falling Leaves”) 1905

  • The MSR is characterized by a couple of hills at the end of a long flat ride. Perfect for the sprinter that can get over these last hills. After 289 km. Reminds me of an Australian Monument: Melbourne – Warnambool, going since 1895 and, until recently, was 300 km.

    Along with most Australian cyclists, Matt Goss originates from Tasmania. Here he is seen after the race with a condition known as wood-chopper’s stare.

    Goss’ first place pulls in a massive 350 pts, propelling VXE into 136th position overall. Our other XE riders? Here’s Stuey O’Grady pulling Cancellara towards the finish. Amazingly, O’Grady finished 10th (100 pts). Sagan 17th (30 pts), Haussler 18th (20 pts).

    O’Grady is the only other Australian to win a Monument, Paris – Roubaix in 2007.

    Cancellara eventually ended up 2nd, and on the podium he tries to convince Goss to have an arm-wrestle decider.

    History, Tradition, Epicness: Goss

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