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0km - Many thanks for following the race on eurosport.yahoo.com, and congratulations once again to Mark Cavendish for another sensational victory to add to his already superb palmarès.
0km - It looked for all the world with 150 metres to go like Heinrich Haussler had it sewn up. He had a good 20-metre lead on Cavendish, with the peloton a further 50-60 metres back, but Cavendish turned on the after-burners and reeled him back in, in the nick of time.
0km - Thor Hushovd was 3rd, Allan David 4th and Alessandro Petacchi 5th, but today is all about Mark Cavendish.
0km - Cavendish has done it!!!!! He has taken the photo finish by millimetres!!! A quite4 amazing performance fromt he Manxman, winning Milan-Sanremo on his first attempt! Incredible!
0km - Cavendish takes it!!!!! He has his arms aloft, but it will be a photo finish!
0.3km - Haussler charges for the line, Cavendish is right on his tail!!!!!
0.5km - Hincapie leads them through with Cavendish four riders back!
1km - Under the red kite they go!!!
1.5km - We're into the final 2 kilometres and we're on for a big bunch sprint.
2km - An atack from Luis Leon Sanchez for Caisse d'Epargne, but he doesn't have the legs.
2.5km - The big sprinters are beginning to jostle for position now as Hushovd is towed to the front by his Cervelo team.
3.5km - Nibali is still on the front of the peloton for Liquigas as Cavendish begins to work his way towards the front!
4.5km - Thomas Lovkvist and Mark Cavendish are well to the front. The Manxman's prospects are excellent.
5.8km - Another attack, this time it's Nibali with a big dig, forcing some of the other teams to do some work and reel him back in. He is a real star in the making.
6km - Rebellin and Pozzato are among those with a 5-10 second lead over the pack, though there are far too many big teams with far too much interest in a sprint for them to have any hopes of staying out front.
6.5km - We're coming to the top of the Poggio now, and a group of 5 have a 20-30 metre lead. That certainly won't be enough to hold of the peloton for the remaining 6 kilometres though
7km - Rebellin eases off the gas again as he sees everybody is on his tail.
7km - Rebellin attacks!!! Garzelli is right onto his wheel, as are the rest of the pack!!
7.5km - Sylvain Chavanel is leading the peloton up the Poggio for Tom Boonen. His punishing pace has so far ensured no attacks.
8km - Cavendish is spinning his legs quickly, trying to keep himself as fresh as possible. His big challenge will be to get himself over the top of teh Poggio within sight of the front of the pack.
9km - Perhaps the likes of Philippe Gilbert or Juan Antonio Flecha will try their luck on the Poggio. Neither of those would really expect to beat out the big boys in a straight sprint.
10km - We're into the final 10 kilometres now, as they prepare to take on the Poggio!!
14km - Mark Cavendish is looking extremely good. He is still in the front group, despite an extremely high pace to roday's race. If he can get himself to the fore on the finishing straight, there is simmply nobody quicker over the last 200 metres.
15km - All our major contenders are in the lead group the, as the Caisse d'Epargne squad bring themaway from the last bit of the descent of the Poggio.
18km - The lead group has slowed a little on the descent now, which has allowed another 20-30 riders to work their way back.
20km - Daniele Bennati's team-mates are all together on the descent of the Cipressa. They will do everything they can to take their big sprinter over the Poggio and to the finishing straight in the best condition possible.
22km - At the summit of the Cipressa, there are only roughly 30-40 riders in the lead group. The Liquigas team have a lot of men towards the front, notably with Daniele Bennati, Vicenzo Nibali, Ivan Basso and Franco Pellizotti.
22km - Lance Armstrong is one name who is paying heavily for Scarponi's attack. Robbie McEwen is also spat out of the back, while Tom Boonen and Alessandro Petacchi, without being totally cut adrift, are now in a second group.
23km - A few riders are falling off the back of the peloton now. This attack is certainly sorting the field out.
24km - Stefano Garzelli, Vicenzo Nibali, Ivan Basso, Filippo Pozzato, Davide Rebellin, Anthony Geslin, Andy Schleck and Fabian Wegman are right on his tail, though Scarponi is still working away at the head of the peloton. He's burying himself for his team-mate Davide Rebellin.
25km - Michele Scarponi attacks!! The winner of the Tirreno-Adriatico tries his luck on the Cipressa.
26km - Turgot, Krivtsiv and Klostergaard are back together, with their six other breakaway companions in just behind. The peloton is only around 20 seconds back now.
26km - Yuri Krivstov attacks now. The AG2R - La Mondiale man is immediately chased down by Sébastien Turgot et Kasper Klostergaard.
29km - We're almost at the foot of the Cipressa now. It's a 5.7 km climb at a steady 4.1%. It doesn't sound too punishing, but at the speed the peloton will take it at, and given the 300 kilometre length of the race, it will prove the undoing of some.
31km - Luca Paolini and Stefano Garzelli's Acqua e Sapone team are pushing along at the front of the peloton now, and they have further diminished the break's lead to 43 seconds.
33km - 58 seconds is the latest split now. The breakaway's lead is crumbling.
37km - Sébastien Turgot attacks, possibly sensing the peloton pullilng closer, but the others position themselves firmly on his tail.
38km - Germany's Sebastian Lang has been dropped from the lead group. He's very much a big, powerful rider who likes to get into a rhythm and churn a punishing gear. The repetitive short ascents of the Italian riviera aren't doing him any favours.
40km - 2'05" is the gap from the peloton up to the leaders, who it must be said, are working together superbly well.
42km - The tension is palpable at the head of the peloton now. Nervous glances are being exchanged by domestiques, checking on their leaders.
45km - The average speed after five hours' racing is a fearsome 44.560 km/h
49km - The lead group has now gone over the Capo Mele and the Capo Cervo and will take on the Capo Berta in a few minutes' time.
50km - Let's bring you right up to speed with the composition of the lead group. Yuriy Kritvstov (AG2R), Giampaolo Cheula (Barloworld), Maxim Belkov (ISD), Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank), Sebastian Lang (Silence-Lotto), Kasper Klostergaard (Saxo Bank) Sebastien Turgot (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) and Christophe Le Mevel (Française des Jeux) have a 2'00" on the peloton. The big news from this morning is that Stuart O'Grady has taken a tumble and is out fo the race.
14:00 - Fabian Cancellara, Alessando Ballan and Frank Schleck might not be here this year, but Tom Boonen, Alessandro Petacchi, Daniele Bennati and Lance Armstrong definitely are, and we are in for a superb race.
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