Tadej pogacar It was imposed this Saturday at Il Lombardía, the Italian classic that ends the cycling season. The two-time champion of Tour de France he has launched an attack 36 kilometers from the finish line and has not looked back. Only the local Fabio Masnada He managed to catch him 14 kilometers from the finish, but the young Slovenian talent was stronger when sprinting and was awarded ‘the classic of the dead leaves’. Adam Yates has completed the podium ahead of Primoz Roglic and Alejandro Valverde has been fifth.
At just 23 years old, Pogacar has again signed another dream year. To its second Tour de France has added two monuments this year, the Liège-Bastogne-Liège and this Tour of Lombardy (in addition to an Olympic bronze, the Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of the Emirates) in which none of the favorites dared or could follow his wheel when he jumped in the ascent to the Passo di Ganda.
By then an attack of Vincenzo Nibali I had just discarded Remco Evenepoel, which in last year’s edition suffered a tremendous fall in which he fractured his pelvis. A victory for the Belgian pearl would have been poetic, but it was not for great fanfare.
Masnada, local hero
Masnada, Yates, Woods, Valverde, Bardet, Gaudu, Alaphilippe … They all saw Pogacar leave and crown with 30 seconds of advantage. Also Nibali and Roglic, who suffered to keep up with this persecuting group. Masnada, from Bergamo (where the goal was this year) and knowledgeable about the terrain, he launched into the dangerous descent and was closing the gap until he caught the escapee 13 kilometers from the goal.
Despite Jonas Vingegaard’s work on behalf of Roglic, victory was between the two headlong. The demanding entry to Bergamo did not manage to undo the duo and they played it on the sprint, where Pogacar was much stronger. Valverde, who accumulates three second places in this classic, had to settle for fifth place.
“I enjoyed riding the bike in the final part, seeing where I was, with all the roosters today,” said the 41-year-old from Murcia. “Pogacar started incredible, and although we took over from behind after the descent it was very difficult to catch them. Later, on the climb to Bergamo, the group broke up and Roglic and Yates stayed behind, but then they were the ones who took advantage of us, because we have been looking at each other, “said the cyclist of the Movistar. “As I am always the first to start, today I have tried not to launch the sprint for the podium. In the end the two of them passed us for the podium and … fifth. I think it’s to be happy.”