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45th Milan-San Remo 1954 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Van Steebergen's Powerful Sprint

The 1954 Milan-San Remo started with cool temperatures and light rain. By the time the race hit the Ligurian coast the roads had dried and the racing heated up.


*Race profile courtesy of Internet site: www.econ-outlook.com.au/tom/cycling/palmares.html

On the climb of the Capo Berta , just 32 km to the finish, Italian Riccardo Filippi attacked with Raoul Remy (Fra), and Stan Ockers (Bel). The chase group was led by reigning World Champion Fausto Coppi. The peloton now shattered saw the elites of the race aggressively pursuing the breakaway. Big Belgian sprinter Rik Van Steenbergen worked hard to hold the aggressive pace.

Plunging off the final climb the breakaway held a slim lead entering San Remo and the final 3 kms. Down the Via Roma the Coppi led chasers closed quickly and caught the breakaway. Belgian sprinter Rik Van Steenbergen wasted little time and sprinted away for the victory. Fausto Coppi finished fourth.


M-SR March 19, 1954
282 Km

1. Rik VAN STEENBERGEN (Bel) 7h10'03"

2. Francis Anastasi (Fra)

3. Giuseppe Favero (Ita)

Starters: 219
Finishers: 95

Average Speed: 39.343 km/h

 

 

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