Arnaud Demare (FDJ) is the first Frenchman to win Milan-San Remo since Laurent Jalabert in 1995.

While there may have been a little of the Steven Bradbury in his victory after sure winner Fernando Gaviria (Etixx-Quickstep) crashed with 500m to go, Demare held off strong finishers, Ben Swift (Sky) and Juergen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal). 

It is the biggest win of Arnaud Demare's career. 

While he crossed the finish line in San Remo, pre-race favourite Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) crashed out of contention at the foot of the Cipressa.  

See how the 295km race - yes 295km not 291km - unfolded in our race coverage below. 

 

Sunday 20 Mar 2016

Ben Swift's reaction to second place. 

"Good for the head and the confidence you still have it."

Surprisingly still in the bunch after 294.5kms of racing, and arguably the fastest man remaining, Fernando Gaviria (Etixx-Quickstep) was poised to win his first Milan San-Remo on debut. 

"It was my fault. I was in perfect position. I lost my focus for two seconds, because I began thinking on how to sprint, and touched Van Avermaet's wheel. This was enough to throw away all the hard work of the team," he said

The 21-year-old fell, cruelly left to think what might have been. 

"I have mixed feelings: I missed an important opportunity, but on the other hand I am happy that I could cope with a 300-km long race and felt good throughout the day. It's not the crash that hurts, but the outcome, especially as I was thinking of this race since January."

 

Michael Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) attacked on the Poggio descent with Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafreddo) chasing. 

They caught Kwiatkowski with 5kms to go then Cancellara rode alone for a few hundred metres. 

The race was shaping up for an unusually big bunch sprint. 

Just short of Cipressa's top, Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) attacked off the front, Ian Stannard (Team Sky) immediately chased.

They descended the climb pushing their lead out to 18 seconds.

Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) crashed out of contention at the foot of the Cipressa as a large group of riders went down at the front of the peloton. 

Eventual race winner Arnaud Démare was also caught up in the crash but got away quicker than Matthews and his team-mates. 

Until that point, the race was unfolding perfectly for Orica-GreenEdge. While Matthews and his team successfully chased back on - blood falling onto his handlebars - they lost their crucial position at the front of the peloton, his race essentially over. 

"Obviously I’m devastated. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, the team rode really well all day and everything was going perfectly.” Matthews said. 

"The cuts on my arm are superficial. 

"I can’t really feel it at the moment because the disappointment is so painful. I will be back though," he said

 Simon Clarke (Cannondale) was also caught up in the crash. 

And Geraint Thomas

The drama unfolded early after a landslide blocked the road after the Turchino climb in Arenzano.

Local outlets reported falling rocks injured two pedestrians and crushed three parked cars. Police later confirmed the pedestrians were taken to hospital, one in critical condition. Their situation is still unknown.

The race director issued this statement: “Due to a landslide on the Milan-San Remo original race course in between Genova Voltri and Arenzano, the Race Direction together with the Police Support Officer decided to divert the race onto the A10 highway, entering in Genova Voltri and exiting in Arenzano to rejoin the original course. This detour is now officially part of the race course.”

The riders took a nine-kilometre detour on a motorway, increasing the total distance of the race from 291km to 295km.