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Jonathan Milan Offers Lidl-Trek Extra Dash Option for Milan-San Remo

The 23-year-old Italian rider, Jonathan Milan, who currently represents Lidl-Trek, has shone once again at the Tirreno-Adriatico race, securing a commendable second place behind Phil Bauhaus who rides for Bahrain-Victorious. The race took place in Gualdo Tadino and Milan had previously bagged third place in the inaugural time trial and ninth place during the thrilling sprint on stage 2.

Milan has quite a versatile boxing bag of skills, one of them being that he’s a gifted track pursuer. On the other hand, he is viewed as a strong sprinter and time trialist. Many Italian cycling enthusiasts are now seeing him as the next likely successor to Filippo Ganna who is known for his tenure with Ineos Grenadiers, and could also potentially see him break the Hour Record.

Milan and Ganna were pivotal members of the Italian team that clinched the gold medal in the group pursuit category at the recent Tokyo Olympics. The team is expected to defend their title at the approaching Paris Olympics kicking off this summer.

Milan began his tenure with Lidl-Trek this year and is set on building upon his already impressive dash win, four runner-up finishes and a points jersey title at the 2023 Giro d’Italia. He has started off the season with an early win at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and many consider him as the best Italian cyclist in the peloton so far in 2024.

He will soon join the Lidl-Trek’s Classics squad for several races which include Milan-San Remo, Gent-Wevlegem, Dwars door Vlaanderen and the highly-anticipated Paris-Roubaix. While Milan’s team is set on having Mads Pedersen as the primary bicycle racer for Milan-San Remo, they also hope that Milan can bring an additional sprint option to the team.

After being handed the cyclamino points jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico for his consistency, Milan humbly acknowledged the strengths of his team for all race options. He also signified that he was primarily concentrating on finishing the Tirreno-Adriatico before shifting his focus to the Milan-San Remo race.

Milan had to endure a painful climb to the finish line in the Gualdo Tadino race but managed to avoid a late crash when Jasper Philipsen got his wheels tangled and fell. Despite a valiant effort, he couldn’t outpace Bauhaus in the final dash. He keeps an optimistic mind and appreciates how well he and the team rode maintaining good form throughout.

Come summer in 2024, Milan finds himself at a crossroads. He aspires to win a second gold in Group Pursuit, while Italy’s national coach, Daniele Bennati, wants him for the daunting street race through central Paris and the cobble-laden streets of Montmartre. However, the Olympic calendar may pose a challenge and Milano, with a hint of regret, tells us about his dilemma. He wants to participate in both races but the road race is a day before the track event. This scheduling could, he believes, lead to poor performances in both races.