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Saturday 19 August 2017

John Degenkolb won the prestigious Milan-San Remo in a sprint finish after Geraint Thomas' breakaway attempt came to nought.

John Degenkolb won the prestigious Milan-San Remo in a sprint finish after Geraint Thomas' breakaway attempt came to nought.

Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) won the first of the Monument classics of the season in a sprint finish ahead of 2014 winner Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge), with Etixx - Quick-Step's Mark Cavendish - winner of this race in 2009 - unable to make an impression.

The final stages of the 293 kilometre race were brought to life when Team Sky's Thomas attacked alongside Daniel Oss of BMC, with Thomas going it alone on the Poggio, the final climb a little under 10km from the finish.

He opened up a 20-second lead but the Welshman was caught at the summit and it finished in a bunch sprint, with Degenkolb overhauling Kristoff inside the final 50 metres to win the 106th edition of the race.

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