The 2023 edition of the Classicissima, scheduled on 18th March, will start in Abbiategrasso, near Milan, and finish along the Via Roma in Sanremo after 294 km. The route, modified in the first 30 km, will rejoin the original one from Pavia onwards, touching iconic points such as the Passo del Turchino, the Capi, the Cipressa and the Poggio.
The 114th Milano-Sanremo presented by Crédit Agricole, organised by RCS Sport and scheduled on Saturday 18th March, will once again open the season of the Monument Classics, proposing a new route with starting in Abbiategrasso and merging back to the original one from km 30, as the race enters Pavia.
The Milano-Sanremo presented by Crédit Agricole starts in Abbiategrasso and, after covering around 30 km of flat roads on the edge of the Ticino River, it returns to the classic route in Pavia. From there the race will head to Ovada, then to the Passo del Turchino climb that leads into Genova Voltri. From there, it rolls westwards through Varazze, Savona, Albenga to Imperia and San Lorenzo al Mare where, after the classic sequence of the Capi (Mele, Cervo and Berta), the atheltes will deal with the two climbs added in recent decades: the Cipressa (1982) and the Poggio di Sanremo (1961). The Cipressa is just over 5.6 km long with a gradient of 4.1%. The highly testing descent leads back down to SS 1 Aurelia.
The ascent of Poggio di Sanremo begins with 9 km remaining to the finish (3.7 km, average gradient less than 4%, maximum 8% in the segment before getting to the top of the climb). The road is slightly narrower, with 4 hairpin turns in the first 2 km. The descent is testing, on asphalt switchback roads, narrow at points and with twists and turns as far as the junction with SS 1 Aurelia. The final part of the descent enters urban Sanremo. The last 2 km are on long, straight urban roads. There is a left-hand bend on a roundabout 850 m from the finish line. The last bend, leading into the home straight in Via Roma, is 750 m from the finish line.