Vincenzo Nibali takes his second victory at Il Lombardia
Oct 07 2017 04:49 pm CET

Vincenzo Nibali takes his second victory at Il Lombardia
Vincenzo Nibali takes his second victory at Il Lombardia
Photo of Vincenzo Nibali by Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) has won Il Lombardia. The rider attacked at around 15 kilometres from the finish line and managed to arrive at the finish on his own.

The last monument of the season was 247 kilometres long between Bergamo and Como, in Lombardy.

The race started with an early escape of six riders. Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocatolli), Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data), Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani CSF), Mathias Le Turnier (Cofidis), Pier Paolo De Negri (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Lennard Hofstede (Sunweb) created a gap of more than ten minutes with the peloton.

Behind them, teams like Sky and Bahrain-Merida set the pace to eventually catch the escapees. At around 60 kilometres to go, the pack accomplished the mission of catching the front group and right away a series of attacks began to happen.

As a result, a new escape was formed by Mikael Cherel (AG2R La Mondiale), Laurens De Plus (Quick-Step Floors) and Le Turnier, who created a gap of more than one minute with the peloton. A couple kilometres later, Cherel dropped the other two and continued on his own, building on the good performance he showed at Milano-Torino.

In the chase, De Plus took a wide curve and ended up going over guardrail. Later on, Quick-Step Floors confirmed that the rider didn't suffer serious injuries and was on his way to the hospital.

In the peloton, Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) attacked and was followed by Alessandro De Marchi (BMC). The duo continued together for a couple of kilometres before being joined by Pello Bilbao (Astana).

With 24 kilometres to go, these three riders caught Cherel and continued together although their efforts didn't pay off for long. Cherel was the first one to drop with 20 kilometres to go.

At 18 kilometres from the finish, Gianni Moscon (Sky) attacked from the pack and Sunweb's Sam Oomen stayed at his wheel. The duo soon caught and dropped De Marchi and Gilbert but was reeled in by the rest of the reduced peloton shortly after.

Two kilometres later, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) attacked and nobody initially followed but some moments later, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) decided to start the chase on his own. He managed to catch the Frenchman and during the next descent he rode away and created a gap of around 50 seconds with the peloton.

In the pack, the last ascent broke the already reduced group and riders like Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) and Oomen were dropped. Others like Fabio Aru (Astana) and Julian Alaphillipe (Quick-Step Floors) attacked to try to catch the Italian in front.

The gap was enough for Nibali to cross the finish line on his own however, taking his second victory at this Monument. Alaphilippe was second and Moscon finished third.




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