Sagan Targets Milan-San Remo

Sagan Targets Milan-San Remo

The 23-year-old Peter Sagan will be among the riders to watch when the Milan-SanRemo starts this weekend.

Sagan Targets Milan-San Remo

Already earmarked as a rider that could be among the cream of the crop in the future, a victory in "La Primavera" would prove that the young Slovak is already one of the best riders ahead of this year's Tour de France.

Recently he won two stages in the Tirreno-Adriatico, he also claimed the sprinters' green jersey at the Tour de France last year.

"I think the team will ride to support me in the race," said Sagan ahead of the Milan-SanRemo.

"If it turns out a different race, Moreno gives us another guarantee and that means I could be even more comfortable, and confident".

Even though he is riding well, Sagan won't be without rivals at this weekend's Classic.

Despite his struggles recently, 2009 champion Cavendish remains a threat if the Manxman can stay near the front of the peloton later on.

The 2008 winner Fabian Cancellara is another to watch after he gave plenty of evidence that he still has the legs to challenge for stage victories after finishing second last year.

Meanwhile, all eyes will be on the MTN-Qhubeka team - the first ever African team registered on the WorldTour - with German sprinter Gerald Ciolek at the front.

However, Sozengo Jim - the first black rider to compete on the WorldTour - will in all likelihood catch all the headlines.

"Songezo Jim will become the first black South African to participate in a WorldTour race," the team's manager, Doug Ryder, said midweek.

"Songezo and the other riders will be working in support of Ciolek."

The Tour de France-winning Team Sky team will be looking to Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen, who is well-suited to the race's climbs but has a strong sprint finish too.

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