EF Education-EasyPost are one of the teams that have been setting themselves up for the classics quite well but under the radar. The American team starts Milano-Sanremo with multiple options to go for a result.
Magnus Cort Nielsen has been showing great form in this start of the season, including a summit finish win at the Volta ao Algarve. His recent leadership stint at Paris-Nice confirmed he still had the form, and heading into Sanremo his climbing abilities can be very well combined with his powerful sprint making him a dangerous contender for victory at the Via Roma.
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EF however rely on several riders who can climb, and can adopt different strategies. Alberto Bettiol looked very sharp at Strade Bianche before he crashed out, but returns to competition and is an outsider. Neilson Powless who's been performing strongly in France this year and recently finished Paris-Nice in sixth place will be an option for the climbs.
Mikkel Honoré could on his best day be an option as well, and the team counts on European time-trial champion Stefan Bissegger as a domestique, but a serious powerhouse who can be very helpful. Two classics riders in Jonas Rutsch and Lukasz Wisniowski complete the lineup.
"I think Tadej Pogacar is the only one who, when the going is very fast, can leave a gap to Poggio" - Tom Pidcock
EF Education-EasyPost for Milano-Sanremo: Magnus Cort Nielsen, Jonas Rutsch, Stefan Bissegger, Neilson Powless, Alberto Bettiol, Mikkel Honoré and Lukasz Wisniowski.
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