Matej Mohoric had the form and came in confident to Milano-Sanremo. He attempted to defend his title, but struggled in the final ascent as the main favourites attack and had to settle for a position in the Top10.
“UAE Emirates attacked in the middle of the climb. We already expected that. I thought I had the legs, but when Pogacar attacked I couldn't follow," Mohoric said in a post-race interview. "I stayed with [Mads] Pedersen and [Soren] Kragh Andersen. We just didn't have the legs to follow the four best riders.”
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Bahrain - Victorious did some great work as they entered the Poggio in front and led through the first kilometer of it. However as soon as UAE pushed the pace Mohoric found himself under difficulties, and could not match Pogacar's attack. His descending skills kept him dreaming of reaching the front after the summit, but the pace was full-on in front and he couldn't make it back.
“The wind was different. It was difficult to be in the wheel with the wind at your back," he explained. "The preparation was the same as last year, but the circumstances were not in my favor.” Mohoric was in the second chasing group, riding to eighth place in the end after suffering through the finish.