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48th Milan-San Remo 1957 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Poblet Wins for Spain

The 1957 Milan-San Remo featured aggressive racing, as the peloton left Milan at high speed. A solid breakaway group of 15 riders went over the summit of the Turchino climb with a 9 minute lead. The chase from the peloton was long and hard as the race turned along the flats of the Ligurian coast.


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

The peloton close the gap to 2'15 through Allasio. Frenchman Nicolas Barone attacked the breakaway and made a solo attempt with 50 km to go. Barone survived over the first two Capo climbs, but the tough Capo Berta was next.

An inspired Barone held onto his lead over the Capo Berta, but an elite 5 rider chase group formed and began to close. Spaniard Miguel Poblet drove the group with defending champion Alfred De Bruyne holding his wheel. Shortly after Imperia an exhausted Barone was caught.

Onto the Via Roma in San Remo Poblet executed a perfect sprint to win the 1957 Milan-San Remo. Alfred De Bruyne (Bel) was second with British star Brian Robinson third.

Miguel Poblet became the first Spanish rider to win M-SR and Robinson became the first British rider to finish on the podium. The race set a new record average speed at 40.754 km/h.

 

M-SR March 19, 1957
282 Km

1. Miguel POBLET (Spa) 6h55'51"

2. Alfred De Bruyne (Bel)

3. Brian Robinson (GBr)

Starters: 223
Finishers: 147

Average Speed: 40.754 km/h

 

 

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