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Vincenzo Nibali led more than 4,000 cyclists on virtual Milan-San Remo ride

2018 Milan-San Remo winner Vincenzo Nibali victory led more than 4,000 cyclists on a virtual ride taking in the final 57 kilometres of the race on Saturday March 21st, the day the 111th edition was due to have been held

The Trek-Segafredo rider was among 4,221 people who took part in the Milano-Sanremo Virtual Experience, organised by RCS Sport in partnership with Garmin Edge, and which took them from Alassio on the Ligurian coast to the finish line on via Roma.

The online ride – which was not officially billed as a race – saw 4,221 riders take on the final 57km of the race, including the Tre Capi, Cipressa and the Poggio. Nibali, who famously won the race in 2018 after a brave solo attack, was joined by last year’s Tour of Flanders winner, Alberto Bettiol (EF Pro Cycling), and a number of ex-pro riders.

The 1993 Milan-San Remo winner Maurizio Fondriest joined the fun, along with Italian national coach Davide Casani and former Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso. The 2008 world champion Alessandro Ballan also took to the start line.

“Milan –San Remo is a race that has a special place in my heart and one of my most beautiful victories,” Nibali said in a press release issued by his team, Trek-Segafredo.

On the way, they took on the climbs that help propel the race to an often thrilling climax – the Tre Capi [three headlands – Mele, Cervo and Berta] – followed by the Cipressa and the often decisive climb of the Poggio, which Nibali used a springboard for his victory two years ago.

Besides triple Grand Tour winner Nibali, other past and present pros who took part included reigning Tour of Flanders champion Alberto Bettiol, two time Giro d’Italia champion Ivan Basso, former world champion Alessandro Ballan, the current Italian national coach Davide Cassini and the 1993 Milan-San Remo winner, Maurizio Fondriest.

Nibali said afterwards: “Milano-Sanremo is a race that has a special place in my heart and one of my most beautiful victories."

“Today I had the opportunity to ride it in a new and very fun way. A nice initiative to pedal on the race route virtually while staying at home,” added Nibali, who ask you can see from the picture above rode with some of cycling’s most prestigious trophies as his backdrop.

“I was able to cycle, albeit virtually, with my fans. And I want to ask them to be patient in this difficult moment, keep on staying home and ride indoors – we'll see them again on the roads at races soon!"

RCS Sport said that all those who took part in the Milano-Sanremo Virtual Experience will receive a discount of €10 for registration to the Gran Fondo Il Lombardia 2020.

For more information please visist: https://www.garmin.com/it-IT/blog/milano-sanremo-virtual-experience-2020