Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team ready for Monumental debut at Milano-Sanremo

Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team will race its very first Monument this Saturday, March 18th when it lines up for the 2023 edition of Milano-Sanremo.

16 March 2023

Affectionally known as “La Primavera”, Milano-Sanremo is the first of the five Monuments of cycling and the best cyclists in the world will be vying to take the honours on the Via Roma.  Gianluca Brambilla will be racing the prestigious Italian race for the seventh time and will be Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team leader. The 35-year-old lines-up after a solid campaign at Tirreno-Adriatico and is targeting a good result with the support of countrymen Alessandro Fedeli, Matteo Moschetti and Antonio Puppio, all of which will be making their Milano-Sanremo debut. 

Former Swedish time-trial champion Tobias Ludvigsson, will likewise race “La Primavera” for the very first time in his career, as will Ethiopian neo-pro Negasi Haylu Abreha and Brit Mark Donovan who complete our diverse and very ambitious seven-rider squad. 

“I’m feeling good and hope to have a good race on Saturday”

“Milano-Sanremo is a big Classic, the first Monument of the season, and a very special race for Italians. It’s an unusual race, with an easy first part where we have to focus on managing our effort and making sure we eat and drink properly. The second part, from the Capi to Sanremo is where the race is decided and where having a good positioning is key. I hope to be in good position at the bottom of Cipressa, where I believe riders like (Tadej) Pogacar and (Wout) van Aert, who are super strong in the climbs, will go hard to make a selection in the field and avoid a massive sprint. Personally, I’m feeling good, I’ve had a week to recover after Tirreno-Adriatico and I hope for a good race on Saturday,” said Gianluca Brambilla. 

The 2023 edition of Milano-Sanremo will start from Abbiategrasso, 22km south-west of Milan, and will take on a mammoth, predominantly flat 294kms. As per tradition, the action typically takes off in the final 50km once the race reaches the sequence of Capi (Mele, Cervo and Berta) after which comes the 5.6 km-long Cipressa climb, where a decisive selection in the peloton is expected to be made. The hero section of Milano-Sanremo is the infamous ascent of Poggio di Sanremo which begins with 9 km remaining to the finish. The 3.7 km climb, has a maximum gradient of 8% and is followed by a technical descent before the final flat run-in to the Via Roma.  

“We’re very excited and proud to take part in Milano-Sanremo! It’s our first Monument and we’re lining up with a strong and motivated squad of mostly debutants who are eager to show off our jersey in this iconic race. Gianluca Brambilla will be our protected rider and our main card to play in the finale. However, we’re determined to leave our mark in this race and show our jersey front and centre so one of our goals is to aim to be present in the breakaway. We’re ready for this challenge and hope to be on the front-foot and race competitively against a very strong field,” said Gabriele Missaglia. 

Gabriele Missaglia and Alex Sans Vega will be the Sports Directors for Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team for Milano-Sanremo.