For cycling enthusiasts, March Madness continues with Italy's Milan – San Remo bicycle race on Saturday.
Considered the opening day of the Spring Classics series, the one-day race will be streamed live on Universalsports.com beginning at 10 a.m. (ET), following by replays and highlights at Universalsports.com/cycling. The race will be broadcast on Universal Sports cable at 3 p.m. (ET), with repeats at 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday.
Americans cycling at the 185-mile slog include sprinter Tyler Farrar (at right, Garmin) and George Hincapie, Brent Bookwalter and Jeffrey Louder (BMC Racing).
Lance Armstrong was scheduled to lead the Team RadioShack contingent, but he can't make it after the team reported he's suffering “acute gastroenteritis” (diarrhea).
Armstrong is expected to be back in the saddle for the Criterium International on March 27 – 28.
In spite of its length, the race usually favors the sprinters. Among the top contenders this year are Tom Boonen (QuickStep), Edvald Hagen (Team Sky), Mark Cavendish (HTC Columbia) and Farrar. Other strong riders include time trial specialist Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank).