LOMBARDIA’21: Pogačar is the best in Bergamo!

Lombardy Race Report: Double Tour de France winner, Tadej Pogačar (Jumbo-Visma) hit a distance of more than 30 kilometers. Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), a local boy, joins him in his fight for victory. The chasers had no chance. In the run, Pogačar had a third advantage over Masnada Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers).


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Tadej Pogačar (United Arab Emirates Team) won the 115th Il Lombardia race presented by Eolo, running the 239km route from Como to Bergamo. The second finisher was Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), who was defeated by Slovenian rider Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers) running from group chasing to cross the third line.


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After starting from Como towards Cantù, the driver tackles Ghisallo on the first climb of the race. It rises from the coast of Asso, then descends to the Bellagio and reaches Lecco along the shores of Lake Como as you enter the province of Bergamo. Continuous climbing begins leading to the finish line. This part of the race is characterized by continuous ups and downs with almost no flat part in between. Riders must first climb Roncola (Valico di Valpiana with a 17% gradation), then climb Berbenno, Dossena, Zambla Alta and Passo di Ganda for all vertical elevations in excess of 4400m from the Ganda route. This leads to Selvino, where the classic long descent with 19 hairpin bends begins. end of the route) and begins the iconic route through Città Alta just before the finish line in Bergamo.

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last kilometer
The last kilometer heads through the upper town of Bergamo, ascending to Porta Garibaldi, then (crossing the 200m cobbled terrain) to Largo Aperto in the first section. The gradient is always above 10% (maximum 12%. ) Down a wide, flat road, at 1800 m from the finish line, there is a short turn and a bottleneck to overcome Porta Sant’Agostino. after the last kilometer A wide bend to the left awaits the rider before entering the straight line leading to the finish line. The final straightway is 800 m long and 7.5 m wide on the asphalt surface. by going downhill in the first part and then smooth

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World champion Julian Alaphilippe is waiting to start.

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Beginning of the final monument of the 2021 season

il lombardy The last monument of the cycling year Last year’s winner, Jakob Fuglsang, wasn’t at the start. But former winners Bauke Mollema, Vincenzo Nibali, Dan Martin and Thibaut Pinot are, however, not the favorites for the Bergamo victory. We’re looking at Primož Roglič, Julian Alaphilippe, Tadej Pogačar or Remco Evenepoel. They likely only participated in Passo di Ganda, the last major climb of the race, with a 9.2km track and 7.3% average gradient.

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peloton leaves Como

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another 239 km

Before that, a group of 10 leaders fled the squadron, with Jan Bakelants, Victor Campenaerts and Tim Wellens, as well as Thomas Champion, Mattia Bais, Domen Novak, Chris Hamilton, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Andrea Garosio and Davide Orrico in attendance. They can be ahead for more than 5 minutes.

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Primoz Roglič in the car at start

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Victor Campenaerts needs a break today.

This match situation remained the same until Dossena, there the match blew up for the first time – from the front and behind. Andrea Bagioli and Eddie Dunbar attacked from the peloton, while the Bakelants split their minds in the lead. The driver was dropped from the front and the fleet of vehicles.

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Hamilton also parted ways.

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Madonna di Ghisallo is Il Lombardia’s first climb in 2021.

However, no one was able to escape. In the squadron there were attacks from Neilson Powless, Michael Woods, George Bennett, Fausto Masnada and Pavel Sivakov, but the favorites did not let the group go. The battle was held at Passo di Ganda.

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The people of Ko Hanninen had to abandon.

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Race off Lake Como

In the top group, Bais, Bakelants, Ghebreigzabhier, Hamilton, Novak and Garosio remain at the top of Dossena, but their lead is now down to 1:30. 55km further, they were caught by the peloton and the finals really started.

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Too many breaks are not allowed.

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Could it be a day for Remco?

Lorenzo Rota reached out before the foot of Passo di Ganda, but he could not prevent a compact group from starting the climb, with Tiesj Benoot leading the pack. The DSM’s Belgian is keen to keep pace for Romain Bardet. which obviously has good legs

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to the mountain

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Israel Start-Up Nation is working hard on the peloton.

Bardet jumped with attacks from Nibali and Pogačar and was able to follow the Slovenian for a while. But eventually had to let him go. The tour winner went solo, and at 30 seconds he rose to the top of the pack.

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Another year for Valverde

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when the competition is higher The leader of the break was also reduced.

Roglič didn’t have his best day. When Pogačar attacks, the Jumbo-Visma rider is either unresponsive or unable to react. Before reaching the top, Roglič was able to stand up. but he struggled

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As soon as he caught the brakes, he began to attack.

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Tao Geoghegan Hart’s attack failed.

On the descent was Fausto Masnada, who counter-attacked The Deceuninck – Quick-Step Italian was able to close the gap with Pogačar after a long chase. We now have two contenders for the victory in Il Lombardia with 15 kilometers remaining.

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Pogačar goes solo with only 30K left

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Masnada tried to cross to Pogačar.

The chasers failed to close the gap behind Masnada and Pogačar due to poor cooperation. Every time Roglič, Vingegaard, Adam Yates, Woods, Bardet, Alejandro Valverde and Alaphilippe worked together, the leader of the front-line riders fell. quickly But cooperation quickly stopped again. And the gap increases to 50 seconds. In Bergamo, they will run for the last place on the podium.

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Masana didn’t help.

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The chase was not organized.

In the last kilometer, both Pogačar and Masnada attacked once. But both riders couldn’t shake off each other. After more than 239 kilometers, the race will determine the winner. The Slovenia Tour winner was able to jump from Masnada’s finish line 150 meters from the finish point without much effort. by winning his second monument of the year after Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Almost a minute later, Yates won the match for third place.

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Pogačar has fans at his home climbing.

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Pogačar was unable to leave Masnada on the final climb.

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Tadech Pokasar makes history

Winner Il Lombardia 2021, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Emirates Team): “It’s crazy to end the season like this. I am a person without words I know Masada knows these streets pretty well. Today is a good day. For me, every victory is important. But this time is a special victory because I have been dreaming of racing and winning Il Lombardia for a long time.”

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Tadej Pogačar has a run.

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Two monuments and a tour in a year… not bad

Lombardy results:
1. Tadej Pogačar (slo) UAE Emirates team in 6:01:39
2. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick Steps
3. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:50
4. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
5. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
6. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick Step
7. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
8. Romain Bardet (Fara) DSM
9. Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-up Nation
10. Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo at 2:25
11. Nairo Quintana (Cole) Archia-Samsik
12. Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ
13. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trec-Segafredo
14. Jonas Vingegaard (Dane) Jumbo-Wisma
15. Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) eolo-Kometa
16. Nelson Olivera (by) Movistar
17. Pavel Sivakov (Rus) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:35
18. Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) BikeExchange at 2:49
19. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick Step 3:13
20. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 3:23
21. Ben Tulett (GB) Alpecin-Phoenix
22. Davide Villella (Ita) Movistar at 3:33
23. Diego Ulysses (US) UAE Emirates Team
24. Rafal Majka (Gender) UAE Emirates Team
25. Michael Storer (Australia) DSM


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