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Tadej Pogacar wins the Tour of Lombardy with an attack 40 km from the finish

The Slovenian jewel of the UAE team, Tadej pogacar, won this Saturday the second ‘classic monument’ of his career, by winning the Giro de Lombardia, with a route of 239 kilometers between Como and Bergamo. The double champion of Tour de France He beat the Italian sprint Fausto Masnada and finished the test in six hours, one minute and 39 seconds, which allowed him to add the 115th edition of Il Lombardía to his record, which also includes the Liege Bastogne Liege of this year.

The British Adam Yates, of the Ineos team, closed the podium when entering 51 seconds behind Pogacar, on a negative day for the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, who entered fourth, off the podium, followed by Spanish Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), fifth.

To their 23 yearsPogacar put the finishing touch on an extraordinary season, in which he won two ‘monuments’ and a grand return, a feat that had not been recorded since 1973, with Belgian Eddie Merckx as the protagonist.

The northern region of Lombardy witnessed the usual initial leak. This time starring the Frenchman Thomas Champion, the Belgians Jan Bakelants, Victor Campenaerts and Tim Wellens, the Australian Chris Hamilton, the Italians Mattia Bais, Davide Orrico and Andrea Garosio, the Slovenian Domen Novak and the Eritrean Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, who all sought glory .

They were launched in the first moments of the test and achieved a maximum advantage of six and a half minutes, although they never had a real chance of reaching the finish line escaped and were reached by the peloton fifty kilometers from Bergamo. Pogacar showed his superiority in the climb to the Passo di Ganda, about 40 kilometers from the finish line, and escaped from the group with a powerful attack that got no response.

He risked falling on up to two occasions, skimming the road wall, and Masnada, a runner born in Bergamo, who I knew that area perfectly, was the protagonist of an excellent action to reach him 16 kilometers from the end.

In the platoon, Alejandro Valverde showed a good condition and was next to Julian Alaphilippe, Michael Woods or Adam Yates, with a delay of 45 seconds with five kilometers to go.

Pogacar and Masnada reached the final climb together, bound for Bergamo Alta, with slopes that touch the 12%, exchanging glances and signals, while the peloton was losing its options to fight for victory. The Italian tried to stay glued until the end, but Pogacar, a master at this type of end, imposed his law to round off an impressive season.

Classification of the Tour of Lombardy:

1. Tadej Pogacar (ESL / UAD): 6h: 01: 39
2. Fausto Masnada (ITA / DQT): mt
3. Adam Yates (GBR / IGD): at 0:51
4. Primoz Roglic (ESL / TJV): mt
5. Alejandro Valverde (ESP / MOV): mt
6. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA / DQT): mt
7. David Gaudu (FRA / GFC): mt
8. Romain Bardet (FRA / DSM): mt
9. Michael Woods (CAN / ISN): mt
10. Sergio Higuita (COL / EFN): at 2:25


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