Head-on shot of the Milan-San Remo sprint finish with left to right: Tadej Pogačar, Michael Matthews and Jasper Philipsen.

Milan-San Remo report: Philipsen wins photo-finish sprint after thrilling finale

Tadej Pogačar and UAE Team Emirates tried to kick things off early, but Alpecin-Deceuninck had the cards to play where it mattered.

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Teeam Emirates), Michael Matthews (Jayco-AlUla) and winner Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) sprint for victory at Milan-San Remo 2024. Photo: © Cor Vos

Kit Nicholson
by Kit Nicholson 16.03.2024 Photography by
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Milan-San Remo is a curious race, whisking up excitement purely through speculation and anticipation, when almost every year the script is followed to the letter: a large mostly Italian breakaway, pressure on the Cipressa, attack on the Poggio, then the multiple choice of solo descent or boxing match on the run-in.

This year, one team did as they promised by attempting to overturn convention, but in the end, it was about the most traditional Milan-San Remo one could hope for, with excitement on the climbs followed by a thrilling charge into town and a reduced bunch sprint, which was won by the fast-climbing Jasper Philipsen in a photo finish ahead of Michael Matthews, with Tadej Pogačar sprinting hard for the podium.

Quote of the day

“This is one of the best podiums I’ve ever seen. They’re very good friends, and I’m happy I could lose to them. This is one of the best moment of my life.”

Tadej Pogačar on sharing the podium with his training partner Michael Matthews and former teammate Jasper Philipsen.
Tim Wellens leads Tadej Pogačar and the rest of the reduced peloton on the Poggio at Milan-San Remo 2024.
Wellens leads on the Poggio, Pogačar ready to launch his attack with Pedersen sucking down one last gel on his wheel.

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