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March Race Preview
By Mark B Mar 2, 2017 8:29:00 PM Comments

March is a great month for professional cycling and there is number of important one days races and stage races that fill the calendar. In todays entry we are going to be looking at some of these races and talking about riders form, previous results and potential outcomes in these great races.

Milano San Remo

The longest classic of them all at nearly 300km, Milan San Remo is the opening classic of the season and fantastic race to watch. This race is littered with epic stories from years gone by and previous winners read like a who's who of cycling greats. Names such as Merckx, Cavendish, Kelly, Cipollini and Zabel have all won here in the past and for riders like Merckx and Zabel, they have won this race a number of times.

Looking ahead at this years race there are a number of potential riders who could pose a threat for victory. Rides such as Fernando Gavaria from Quick-Step, Mark Cavendish from Dimension Data and Peter Sagan from Bora Hansgrohe and Caleb Ewan from Orica-Scott. For riders like Cavendish, he has won here already and has the experience to deal with both the distance and the pressure of being a favourite. For Sagan, he is clearly in great form as his win last week in Kuurne Brussel Kuurne showed, but San Remo is a different beast. Sagan may be more suited to winning from a small move that escapes on the final climb, the Poggio. Gavaria, Ewan, Cavendish and even Kittel will all need their teams to help them in the final should this race look like its going to follow tradition and end in a bunch gallop to the line.

Strade Bianche

Although only making in debut in the work of professional cycling backing back in 2007, this race has found a real prestidge in the calendar and is very popular with riders and fans alike. This years event has recently been upgraded to World Tour status and as such will be a great race to watch. Covering approximately 179km, this race is shorter than tradition classics but with the dirt and gravel road the riders cover it makes for a hard and entertaining race.

Last years winner and recently retried rider Fabian Cancellara won't be on the start line but there are a number of riders willing to take his title. A rider who is clearly in great shape is Olympic road race champion Greg Van Avamaet and he has finished in the top of this race a number of times. Michal Kwiatkowski is another rider who has been quiet in recent times but is also a rider very much capable of winning on this terrain.

Paris Nice

The race to the sun as its also known as is a fantastic race and was last year won by Team Sky's Geriant Thomas. Thomas is having a more targeted approach to his season this year and is taking aim at the Giro in May so may not be firing on all cylinders at this years race. BMC Richie Porte has made no secret of his desire to win this years race and if he can hold his form from his recent victory in theTour Down Under then he's going to be a difficult rider to beat. Quick-Step rider Tom Boonen is also due to ride this race in preparation for Milan San Remo and next months cobbled classics. Although he has no real overall ambitions Boonen will surely try his hand at winning a stage before he hangs up his wheels after Paris Roubaix next month.

Tirreno Adriatico 

This is a hard race that started a great season last year for defending champion Greg Van Avamaet. Its hard to see the Belgian securing the overall title again this year given the crop of serious GC riders who are riding this year. Many of the riders taking part in Tirreno Adriatico will have an eye on Milan San Remo and will be looking to hone their form ahead of the main event. Looking at the overall race, GC riders like Chaves from Orica-Scott and Nibali from Bahrain–Merida should be there or there abouts when the race concludes in San Benedetto. For Nibali, this is a race on home soil and he would be a popular winner.

I hope you have enjoyed our preview of whats to come in March - please do share and comment using the links below.

In our next article we have an entry coming from a lady who is new to cycling and she is gong to talk about her experiences, likes, fears and joys that she has found so far from this beautiful sport,

Until next time,

Safe riding,

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