It’s often that the protected riders will catch the limelight at races, especially if they’re as monumental as La Primavera. For the fourth year in a row our African Team took to the start at Milan-Sanremo and once again Jay Thomson was part of an illustrious team that took on the 291km from Milan to Sanremo.
Jay Thomson raced the 2016 Milan Sanremo in support of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and teammate, Edvald Boasson Hagen. His pre-race designated role was to cover the early moves and to ride in support of the team to the base of Capo Berto, 255km into the race.
After a fast start (ave 52.6kph/312W for first 20min) a group of 11 riders broke clear and they built up a lead of over 10 minutes. Thomson raced conservatively for the first 118km through to the base of the Passo del Turchino averaging 232W at an average speed of 41.2kph.
On the second half of the Turchino he started pacing, achieving his 20min max power effort for the day of 372W. As the race hit the coastline the peloton picked up the pace and Thomson actively contributed to chasing down the break. During this 2h17min/101km effort he averaged 289W (NP 332W).
At Capo Berto, Thomson handed over his team baton to Steve Cummings and co, who supported Edvald through the final climbs of the race. Thomson finished the race in 174th place in 7:13:52, satisfied with his contribution to the team and personal achievement of finishing this tough, historic monument for the first time.
Thomson’s TrainingPeaks summary stats for 2016 Milano Sanremo:
Ave P: 264W
Energy Expenditure: 6865 calories
Read the full Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka race report here