The Dutch champion wins for the second time this season, to deny Viviani and Trentin, in bunch sprint to open five-day race, in Portugal.
Riders are anxious to see if the San Remo course will feature the Poggio climb or if the character of season's first monument will change in dramatic fashion
The Italian veteran joins CCC and hopes to ride Van Avermaet's coattails to a monument season breakthrough
Trentin relishing opportunity to team up with Greg van Avermaet in hunt for classics victories and grand tour stage wins
Riders relishing the opportunity to end the season on a high and explore new cultures as Chinese race finds its feet.
Use of safety barriers with protruding feet draws criticism from other riders.
Italy missed a chance to win its first rainbow jersey in more than a decade when Trentin's legs failed him in the final sprint
23-year-old beat Matteo Trentin and Stefan Küng to the line after a day of near-constant rain, becoming the first Danish male world champion in the process.
Trentin won from a sprint after a late attack from Alex Dowsett was caught in the final 100 meters.