Cycling: Ciolek wins in San Remo

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The Independent Online

Gerald Ciolek surprisingly won the Milan-San Remo classic, sprinting to victory in a race which was heavily affected by bad weather conditions in Northern Italy.

German Ciolek edged out the favourite Peter Sagan, surging past the Slovakian in the final metres to win the 185-mile race in 5hr 37 min 20 sec.

The Swiss Fabian Cancellara finished third. The race had to be shortened by almost 30 miles, cutting out the Turchino pass and the crucial Le Manie climb, because of heavy rain and snow along the route that forced several cyclists to withdraw from the race.