Being There: Breakfast at Milano-Sanremo, Pt. Two

Not Yet Ready for AARP: The combined age of George Hincapie (L) and Victor Hugo Pe¤a is 75, but neither rider is ready to retire yet. Former USPS teammates, both riders are among the most likable riders in the peloton. Victor Hugo Pe¤a is the road captain of the new Colombia-Coldeportes squad, while Big George has the same role at BMC.

Project 1T4I’s Milano-Sanremo leader is German sprinter John Degenkolb, who rode this Felt F1R, their UHC Performance carbon fiber frame with ControlTaper headtube and BB30 bottom bracket. Formerly known as Skil-Shimano, the Dutch squad reportedly will announce Bosch as title sponsor later this season.

Degenkolb’s Felt has Shimano’s new prototype wheels with 23.5mm wide rim, mounted with Vittoria Corsa Evo CX Servizio Corsa 25mm tires.

Katusha Team’s Luca Paolini enjoys a laugh with his tifosi

The local tifosi always make the partenza of Milano-Sanremo a special occasion.

Ciao Cav! This young Cavendish tifosi gets the autograph of his idol

Canada’s Svein Tuft of GreenEdge is a friendly, down-to-earth guy. After a few seasons with a small team, the British Columbian strongman, who’s grandfather Arne Tuft, was an Olympic cross-country skier from Norway, told Road Bike Action he’s happy to be back in the WorldTour with GreenEdege.

In Vino, Veritas – Astana’s Alexandre Vinokorov was at the partenza of Milano-Sanremo visiting his team and making the girls laugh. Vino told Road Bike Action he would start racing again at the upcoming Coppi & Bartali after Sanremo and was hoping to make his mark in the 2102 season, his final one in the pro peloton.

With his race face firmly in place, Australian champion Simon Gerrans lined up at the start of Milano-Sanremo. Seven hours later, the GreenEdge rider would win La Classicissima and become the #1 ranked  rider in the world.

Rui Costa’s Movistar Pinarello Dogma is equipped with Campagnolo’s EPS electronic groupset and Bora carbon wheels, integrated handlebars, Selle Italia SLR saddle, Look Keo pedals and Elite bottle cages. The black box positioned between the cages is the EPS battery.

Alessandro Ballan of Team BMC rode this BMC TeamMachine SLR1 to eighth place at Milano-Sanremo. The long, lean former World Champion (see his stripes on seat tube) has an extreme position on his TCC (Tuned Compliance Concept) carbon 55cm frame to maximize aerodynamics. Equipped with Easton EC90 Aero wheelset and Continental tires, Shimano Dura Ace Di2 groupset (with SRM Powermeter), fi’zi:k Airone saddle, Easton EA 70 bars and a 140mm (slammed) stem and Elite bottle cages. BMC frames use a special square BMC Carbon Racepost Carbon with 25mm offset for additional setback.

Close-up of Ballan’s BMC TeamMachine SLR1 showing special square seat tube and his personalized decal.

Always the stylist, while in Milano, Garmin-Barracuda’s David Millar favors RL3 Uomo shoes by fi’zi:k
and Castelli Garmin team socks with a 6″ cuff and argyle accents.

Currently the only rider in the World Tour peloton sponsored by Nike appears to be World Champion Mark Cavendish. Cav sports these personalized Lance II Nikes, custom made in Italy by DMT.

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