We start with a coarse look at the corsa of MSR and parcour of LBL. Both races are very long: MSR is nearly 300 km long and LBL is around 280 km. What we have done is very crude image manipulation: we stretch both horizontal and vertical axes (after eyeballing) such that they are both on the same scale. We apply guidelines to calibrate based on the highest peak of these races: Col du Rosier at 565 meters.
|Milan-Sanremo versus Liége-Bastogne-Liége, a coarse look.|
A much closer look at the last 50 km is very revealing. Taken individually, the capi of MSR are nearly as challenging as the cotes of LBL. But both the finishing profile (downhill-and-straight in MSR versus uphill in LBL) and the spacing of these climbs matter. Add to this the daredevil downhill profile in MSR, which equalizes things a bit.
|Milan-Sanremo versus Liége-Bastogne-Liége, a closer look.|
Stay tuned for further analysis and a Milan-Sanremo race preview coming soon.
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