|Among the favourites must be last
years winner Erik Zabel, who has 4 victories
already this year. His team have the experience
to get him to the Via Roma for a 4th win.
Omloop Het Volk winner
Michele Bartoli is also on good form. Bartoli has
an obsession for the race. Following his win in
Het Volk he commented-
I want San Remo... I raced it with one leg last
year, now I have two I finally want to win it."
includes the Paris-Nice rather than Tirreno as it
gives him an extra two days to recover. He said
before the start-
not be starting the race with the object of
gaining classification, but I shall be thinking
of doing a good job and preparing myself ready
for the Milan to San Remo race. If Im able
to shake off the bronchitis that I have been
suffering with the last few days, then I shall
try my best to obtain a result in one or two
(21st in La Primavera last year) the impressive
winner of the Trofeo Laigueglia has Milan-San
Remo as his first big objective of the season.
winner of this
della Provincia di Siracusa on March 11, starts for the 14th time.
His best finish was 2nd in 1994 and the 'Lion
King' is unlikely to go one better.
Others with a
chance include World Champion Romans Vainsteins,
Peter Van Petegem and Paolo Bettini.