Tadej Pogacar outsprints Fausto Masnada and wins Il Lombardia
Oct 09 2021 10:54 pm CET

Tadej Pogacar outsprints Fausto Masnada and wins Il Lombardia
Tadej Pogacar outsprints Fausto Masnada and wins Il Lombardia
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UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar has taken the victory of Il Lombardia after a decisive attack with 35 kilometres to go.

By: Maritza Cárdenas

The 2021 edition of the "race of the falling leaves" was 239 kilometres long and had a start in Como and a finish in Bergamo, the other way around from the recent years. The last time the race was held in this direction, the winner of the Monument was Esteban Chaves in 2016.

The race started with an early escape that included names like Doman Novak, Jan Bakelants, Tim Wellens, Victor Campenaerts and Chris Hamilton, among others. As the climbs and the kilometres passed by there were several attacks from the pack from riders like Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Pavel Sivakov (Ineos-Grenadiers) and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma).

All the movement finished the breakaway and created a compact group in front. The first one to try from it was Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) who was followed by Sivakov and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates). With around 35 kilometres to go, the Slovenian winner of the Tour de France changed the rhythm and continued by himself.

Behind him, a strong group was formed by Nibali, Adam Yates, Alejandro Valverde, Romain Bardet, Michael Woods, David Gaudu, Masnada, Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard. Moments later, Masnada made a move from that group and eventually caught Pogacar.

The two men in front stayed together with the Slovenian doing most of the work, while in the group behind the riders couldn't agree to work collectively, which made them lost more time to the leading duo. Masnada and Pogacar arrived together to the finish line and after some moments of looking to each other's movements, the Slovenian launched his sprint and took the victory of the race, and like Fausto Coppi, Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault, he won the Monument on the same year they won the Tour de France.

Yates was the fastest rider of the chasers and crossed the finish line in the third position, 51 seconds behind the winner of the race.



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