We chased the race all day with little to show for it. We reached San Remo about 45 minutes ahead of the race, and after a little pleading accompanied by an iphone review of the week's McLaren images, I had a photo vest.
Then Matt Goss delivered the mail, beating Cancellara in the process. Fabian had been unusually serious back in Milan and it was no surprise that he was there at the end. Goss made a late-inning choice to ride the new S-Works McLaren when Mark Renshaw decided he hadn't enough time on his to choose it over his Tarmac. What a momentous choice that was, which isn't to say Matt's legs didn't do most of the work... it was just that the new bike saved a little bit of his power for when it mattered most.
I positioned myself well back of the photographic pack as they prepared for the obligatory victory salute. Instead I wanted to get the winner when the bike stopped moving. In Matt's case when the bike stopped, he got off and sat on the ground, surrounded immediately by microphones before the first cameras (including mine) arrived. He looked shattered and somewhat incredulous at this achievement. When he stood and walked back towards the finish he looked somewhere else, perhaps replaying in slow motion the ferocious charge that got him there first. Great embrace between Matt and Erik Zabel.
How in the hell did you manage to script that I thought to myself. We're finishing a week of shooting for the new bike and it wins first time out the paddock. Wow.
Many thanks to the Milan San Remo organizers for being so generous with the last-minute accreditation. I waited for fifteen minutes to thank each of the three people who helped me during the day. I even got a hug from one of them for the McLaren win. OK wish I could write more but it's going on 4:30 am and I'm shooting a ride in four hours. Many more images of MSR to share when I get home.