By mid-afternoon on Saturday the winner of the 130th edition of the Milan-Sanremo professional race, the first classic monument of the season, will cross the finish line to the applause of thousands of fans and amateur cyclists, many of which will ride the 99 kilometres Granfondo Sanremo-Sanremo La Classicissima on Sunday morning in Italy.
The start of the gran fondo will take place on the Lungomare Salvo d’Acquisto in Sanremo at 09:00 on Sunday 20 March. The amateur race allows gran fondo cyclists to follow the paths of the great monument champions of yesterday and today. It winds through the streets of the most beautiful places in the province of Imperia and up five passes totaling 1813 metres.
After crossing the city of Sanremo, the race continues on the Aurelia state road up to Imperia. At this point the route goes up towards Val Prino, passo Dolcedo, arrives at Pantasina, passo Vasia, goes down to Imperia then up again into the small hamlet of Bellissimi, passo Trincheri.
The granfondo then arrives at San Lorenzo al mare to climb passo Cipressa, back down to Santo Stefano al mare, off again towards Terzorio, then Castellaro. Next, the cyclists will cross Arma di Taggia to continue on the Aurelia state road and take the legendary passo Poggio climb to the finish – just like the pros on Saturday.
Last held in 2019, this will be the eight edition of Granfondo Sanremo-Sanremo La Classicissima.
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