Jasper Stuyven wins Milan-San Remo in sprint finale

Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) held off the sprinters in the Via Roma to win Milan-San Remo after making a brave attack in the final two kilometres 

He was an outsider for the win. He quietly waited. And his patience paid off.

Jasper Stuyven timed his winning move perfectly, jumping away from a group of favorites and fast finishers at the bottom of the Poggio. The favorites hesitated, eyeing each other out of the race, and Stuyven powered away to the biggest win of his career.

“I just knew I had to try, all or nothing. I prefer to do this than gamble for the sprint and finish in 5th or 10th place, so I prefer to go all-in.  Most of the time it’s nothing; sometimes it’s all, and today it was all. It’s incredible. I don’t realize [what I’ve done] yet. I am just incredibly happy,” said Stuyven.

One rider managed to bridge to his wheel from the group. When Soren Kragh Andersen (Team DSM) came across, it actually helped Stuyven.

“In the last kilometer, I saw Soren was coming so I tried to recover a little bit before the chicane,” explained Stuyven. “That gave me 300 meters to recover a little bit and that was necessary. I was hoping he would pull through, and he did.”

With the group in a full-on, desperate sprint behind him, Stuyven gave everything. “And then I started the sprint,” continued Stuyven. “I had nothing left in the legs, but it was enough.”

Yes it was.

Stuyven even had time to throw his arms high, punching the air for the grandest finish line celebration of his career.

“To be honest, there were a lot of fast guys in the group at the bottom of the Poggio, and I had the instinct that I know if I can find the gap, it’s my strength that I can have a good finale. They were hesitating and I took a lot of speed in the last part of the downhill from the Poggio, and that was only instinct,” added Stuyven.

“I was not going to go to the line with all these fast guys because you never know what you get. I actually said to a friend of mine that I was going to go all-in – all or nothing. There was no one with a teammate and that was also in my advantage. It was nice to find the moment and immediately have the gap and then just empty the legs to the line.”

The Belgian got a gap, Søren Kragh Andersen (Team DSM) came across to him but Stuyven kicked again in the final 100 metres to hold off the chasers and win with his arms in the air. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) just failed to catch him on the line and finished second, with Wou van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) third, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) fourth and Mathieu van der Poel (Alepcin-Fenix) fifth. 

VIDEO: 2021 Milan-San Remo Sprint Final

2021 Milan-San Remo Top 10

1 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 6:38:06
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
3 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
5 Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
6 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team BikeExchange
7 Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
8 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
9 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team DSM
10 Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie

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