Arnaud De Lie was perhaps the rider with the most mixed expectations heading into Milano-Sanremo. Some expected a big performance, but the 21-year old was satisfied with the experience obtained in what was his debut in a monument.
“This Milano-Sanremo was all about gaining experience and I think I learned a lot from this first participation,” De Lie said after completing his first monument. “On the Capi I already realized I wasn't having a great day, so I decided to help the team and put Caleb in good position on the Cipressa.”
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He had proven to have the endurance before, but it became clear to him he could not fight for a result. He helped Lotto Dstny and Caleb Ewan on the approach to the Cipressa, and then was dropped in the slopes of the longest ascent of the day. “It was a thrill to start the Cipressa from scratch. I then tried to follow, but had to let go just before the top," he said.
"This was a good first introduction to Milano-Sanremo. I am hungry for more," De Lie concluded. He arrived at the finish 5:43 after winner Mathieu van der Poel, whilst Caleb Ewan better survived the climbs and sprinted to 16th place.
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