By Kev Newton
After a successful start to the season for British riders, attention now turns to the first of cycling’s ‘Monuments’ of 2013, Saturday’s Milan-San Remo.
The spring classic, at 298km, is the longest one day race on the calendar and is traditionally the first chance for the sprinters to test their legs.
Sagan, the Slovak national champion, is the overwhelming favourite after a strong showing at Tirreno-Adriatico and the usual doubts over Cavendish’s climbing abilities.
Indeed the Manxman was way off the pace in last year’s race and was distanced by the peloton with 100km remaining.
Cardiff-born Thomas, 26, has started his season well by winning a stage and taking third place overall at the Tour Down Under.
He and Boasson Hagen are both decent climbers who can also sprint, and will hope to be part of a reduced peloton over the day’s final climb, the Poggio, 6km from the finish in San Remo.
The worry from a British perspective is that the impressive Sagan should be there too!