Tadej Pogacar wins the Tour of Lombardy, Julian Alaphilippe out of the game, Valverde and Nibali it’s over

This time, Pogacar had the last word. Beaten last week in the Vuelta a Emilia by Enric Mas (Movistar), the Slovenian (United Arab Emirates) was relentless this Saturday in the 116th edition of the Vuelta a Lombardía. Faster than the Asturian, the last rival to close Pogi’s path to a second consecutive title in Lombardy, the double Tour winner signed a 16th success this season in Como, beating Remco Evenepoel and his 15th bouquet.

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Enric Mas second, Mikel Landa (Bahrain – Victorious) was in third position a few seconds behind the winner. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) did not exist in the finale, quickly betrayed by his imperfect physical condition. Alejandro Valverde gave him a nice place of honor (6th) for his last one. For him, as for Vincenzo Nibali, it is time to say goodbye.

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Alaphilippe too fair

The set was enough to make my mouth water. Between Vingegaard, Alaphilippe, Mas, Pogacar, Valverde, Nibali, etc. So many names referring to breathless and feverish racing scenarios. We thought we would see a first flag at the Madonna del Ghisallo (70 kilometers from the finish), but the Jumbo-Visma and then the UAE Emirates were content to set a high pace anesthetizing any desire to give in what was left of the peloton. . At the edge of the summit, Julian Alaphilippe was able to count on the support of other stragglers to make up for a dug delay on the descent.

Replaced in the first of the two climbs of San Fermo della Battaglia, the Montluçonnais then suffered in the terrible Civiglio (4.2 km at 9.7%) the limits of an imperfect physical condition after his crash in the Vuelta. Like many runners, the two-time world champion could only helplessly watch the train from hell deployed by UAE Emirates and BORA – hansgrohe. A future old glory was brutally faced with retirement when Matteo Fabbro (BORA) got back on his feet. Double winner of the Clásico de las Hojas Muertas (2015-2017), Vincenzo Nibali let himself slide backwards and took advantage of the last twenty kilometers of him as a cyclist.

Pogacar and Mas, the inseparable ones

Opposite, it was finally time to explain between strong. After an incisive last stage from Davide Formolo (UAE), Tadej Pogacar unsurprisingly lit the first fuse at the foot of Civiglio. At his wheel, the inevitable Enric Mas and the surprising Mikel Landa, quickly overcome by their impotence against the star duo of the transalpine classics at the end of the year. Also expected for his return to the big names two and a half months after his coronation in the Tour de France, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) did not weigh in the final, descending little by little in the hierarchy.

Aerial in the Tour of Emilia, Mas still had remains of a coruscant in the state of the Tour. The Spanish started with an accurate attack, to which Pogacar responded with an equally lively counter. Too strong for the rest of the field, the two favorites neutralized each other, allowing Landa to come back on the descent. In the opposing group, Sergio Higuita (4th, BORA) and Carlos Rodríguez (5th, INEOS Grenadiers) resisted, while Alejandro Valverde (6th) was content to follow the position of a Molard-Offensive Bardet tricolor duo (8th and 9th).

Promised for second place in the event of a grouped sprint finish, Mas rejected his waiting philosophy and multiplied the attacks on the last ascent of the day, the second of San Fermo della Battaglia (2.8 km, 6.6%) . Two touches that will not have made the imperturbable Pogacar tremble, easy winner in Como despite the anticipation in the Asturian sprint. Pogi raises his arms for the sixteenth time in the year and ends the season with the highest win total. A double in Lombardy for a third Monument, which should erase a little more the disappointment of a second place in the Tour.

Tadej Pogacar

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