Today, August 8, 2020 the Classicissima is run: here's how to see the Milano - Sanremo
The first of the five Monumento classics is staged today, Saturday, August 8. The appointment is with the Milano-Sanremo, the most important one-day race that is run in Italy together with the Giro di Lombardia. The Coronavirus has also forced cycling to stop and revolutionize the annual calendar, with many races concentrated between August 1 and the end of November. And this has brought the Milano-Sanremo to be disputed at the beginning of August, on a circuit strongly revolutionized in comparison to the previous editions.
Many mayors of the province of Savona have not given their consent to the passage of the caravan, forcing the direction of the race to completely revise the route. Of the 300 kilometers that will be disputed today, beyond 250 will pass on different roads in comparison to the original layout. Only the last forty kilometers, the most characteristic of the race, have been saved. There will be, therefore, both the Cipressa at 22 kilometers from the arrival, and the Poggio when there will be only 10km to go.
The television coverage for one of the most loved races in Italy will be maximum. Both Rai and Eurosport will follow most of the race live on television. For the fans there's also the possibility to watch the Milano - Sanremo 2020 in free streaming on RaiPlay or on Eurosport Player: here's how to do it.
Milano - Sanremo 2020: times and where to watch the race on TV
The start of the Milano - Sanremo is scheduled at 11:00 am from Piazza Castello, but the live TV coverage will start at 3:30 pm on RaiDue and at 3:50 pm on Eurosport. The arrival of the Classicissima is set between 18:30 and 19:00.
Milano - Sanremo 2020: the route
A route completely changed compared to the past and that has forced the organizers to provide roads and alternatives never tried before. The departure is as always in Piazza Castello in Milan and then the cyclists will take the road to Alessandria and Piedmont. After Asti, Alba, Fossano and Ceva, they will enter in Liguria from the province of Imperia and they will take again the old route for the last forty kilometers in which the cyclists will face first the Cipressa and then the Poggio.
Milano - Sanremo 2020: the favorites
The almost 300 kilometers of the Milano - Sanremo 2020 will be felt on the legs of cyclists who have officially started again with the races only one week ago. In addition to the fatigue of the kilometers, we must also add the great heat that will accompany them throughout the day. It will be a race for cyclists accustomed to great sacrifice and with a great fund. Many could suffer fatigue after the first 250 kilometers and those who have the legs could try with an attack from afar.
The favorites are many, given the exceptional conditions and in the list there are also many Italians: Vincenzo Nibali, who has already won the Classicissima in 2018, Trentin, Bettiol, Vivian and Nizzolo if it should come in a sprint. Thick the foreign competition, with Van Aert favored over all. But do not forget the various Van der Poel, Alaphilippe, Ewn and Demare if it comes in the sprint.
How to see the Milano - Sanremo 2020 live streaming for free on RaiPlay
If you're on vacation and do not want to miss the Classicissima, you can follow the Milano-Sanremo 2020 live streaming for free on RaiPlay, the on-demand platform of the State TV. You don't have to pay any subscription, but just be registered on the website. RaiPlay is compatible with most electronic devices and the app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and the App Store.
To watch the Milano - Sanremo 2020 in streaming you have to launch RaiPlay, enter your credentials and click on "Canali TV" and then on "Dirette". A new page will open with all Rai channels and clicking on Rai 2 will start streaming the Classicissima 2020.
How to follow Milano - Sanremo 2020 streaming on Eurosport Player
Eurosport Player subscribers can follow the Classicissima in live streaming on the on demand platform. To do so, you need to be a subscriber and use one of the devices supported by the platform.
To watch the Milano - Sanremo 2020 in streaming you need to launch Eurosport Player, enter your credentials and click on the box dedicated to the race in HP. In a few seconds the streaming of the cycling race will start.