Tadej Pogacar wins a second Tour of Lombardy in a row, his third Monument

Powerless against Jonas Vingegaard in the Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar (24) did not miss his reunion with the Dane on Saturday in the Tour of Lombardy. With an accurate attack at the Civiglio, 20 kilometers from the finish line, “Pogi” (UAE-Team Emirates) unmarked the last yellow jersey to take only Enric Mas (Movistar) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain -Victorious). He dropped Landa on the final climb, San Fermo della Battaglia, before dominating Mas on the streets of Como.

Like Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) last year, the Spanish climber had to give up in the sprint against Pogacar. Much more powerful, the double winner of the Tour de France (2020, 2021) took advantage of the last meters to celebrate his success, the 16th of the season!

Alaphilippe distanced himself at Civiglio

At the service of their Slovenian leader, the UAE-Emirates formation began hostilities with 62 kilometers to go with an acceleration at the head of Joao Almeida’s peloton at Madonna del Ghisallo. Marc Hirschi, Rafal Majka and Davide Formolo took over to put Pogacar into orbit. Overtaken for the first time by his teammates from the Emirati formation, Julian Alaphilippe (51st) lowered the flag at the start of Civiglio, shortly before the acceleration of Pogacar.

Vincenzo Nibali, who was competing in the last race of his career, broke loose moments later. The “Messina Shark” takes the bike in 24th place, 2’20” behind the winner. Another withdrawn from the afternoon, Alejandro Valverde endured the shock in the group of pursuers headed by Jonas Vingegaard or Romain Bardet. The recently retired finished sixth (+1’24”) in the last race of his 21 seasons as a professional.

Valverde’s partner, Enric Mas, tried everything to recover the trophy on the Movistar bus. Remco Evenepoel’s dolphin in the Vuelta stopped on the pedals on the last ascent of San Fermo della Battaglia. But he didn’t manage to let go of the Slovenian like he did at the Tour de Emilia last week. First French, Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) and Romain Bardet (DSM) occupy the eighth and ninth places respectively, 1’24” behind the Pogacar.

The Slovenian thus concludes his 2022 season with a 16th victory and a true love story with Italy, where he also won the Strade Bianche and the Tirreno-Adriatico. One year ” almost perfect “, recognized the former yellow jersey after the race. Fifth in Milan-San Remo and second in the Tour of Flanders, Pogacar could add a little more to his Monuments counter from 2023.

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