SIMON GERRANS TOOK out the 103rd edition of the Milan-San Remo on Saturday, outsprinting Fabian Cancellara and Vincenzo Nibali to the line.
The GreenEdge rider became just the second Australian to win the event after his team-mate and compatriot Matt Goss took out the 298km trek last year.
Gerrans completed the “Spring Classic” in a time of six hours 59 minutes and 24 seconds, just holding off Switzerland’s Cancellara (RadioShack) and Italian Nibali (Liquigas) to take the victory.
The trio made their break on the final climb, known as the Poggio, and led the peloton to the finish.
Slovakian Peter Sagan (Liquigas) was fourth and Project 1t41 rider John Degenkolb of Germany completed the top five.
The La Manie climb earlier in the race proved key, with Team Sky rider Mark Cavendish losing touch with the leading pack.
It was the Poggia that proved decisive, however, with Nibali and Gerrans pushing hard before being joined by Cancellara, and it was the Australian who proved the strongest in the dying moments, holding off the pair to secure a memorable win.