Fuglsang stays ahead of Bennett in Tour of Lombardy, Mollema fourth
Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 6:02 PM
Jakob Fugslang has won the Tour of Lombardy. The Dane from Astana threw George Bennett and Aleksandr Vlasov overboard on the last ascent of the day, after which he arrived solo in Como.
Saturday was with the Tour of Lombardy The race of dead leaves on the program. A competition that normally produces beautiful images through the dead leaves along the Italian roads, is now held in the summer. It is typical of this crazy cycling season, in which a 20-year-old driver is also the top favorite in his very first monument.
That 20-year-old driver is Remco Evenepoel, who, together with his team Deceuninck-Quick-Step, hinted his ambitions throughout the race by riding at the head of the peloton. Among other things, it ensured that a leading group with eleven riders could never drive far away.
Piccoli’s efforts in vain for early flight
Marco F Rapporti, Davide Gabburo, Emmanuel Morin, Denis Nekrasov, Andrea Pasqualon, James Piccoli, Aleksandr Rjaboesjenko, Joey Rosskopf, Daniel Savini, Florian Stork and Petr Vakoc were part of this leading group.
Especially the Canadian Piccoli showed eagerly in this leading group, who rode a maximum lead of four minutes together. However, to no avail. On the Madonna del Ghisallo he was the last to be called to order, after which the final could really begin.
Cracking favorites on Muro di Sormano
The favorites kept their powder dry on the Madonna del Ghisallo, after which they started on the Muro di Sormano. There, due to the pace of Aleksandr Vlasov, many riders lost the connection with the peloton. Maximilian Schachmann, Richard Carapaz and eventually Mathieu van der Poel cracked, leaving only seven riders in the front.
Evenepoel falls in a ravine
Jakob Fuglsang, Bauke Mollema, Vincenzo Nibali, Giulio Ciccone, George Bennett, Evenepoel and Vlasov were these riders, who would probably fight each other for victory. Evenepoel would be the first to drop out of them. The Flemish came to a stop in a ravine in the descent of the Muro di Sormano and had to leave the race.
Evenepoel remained conscious and Deceuninck-Quick-Step was released with a shock, a little more than a week after Fabio Jakobsen’s dramatic crash.
Trek-Segafredo drops out
The six remaining riders then prepared for the Civiglio. Once on the Civiglio, Trek-Segafredo took control. Nibali went ahead of Mollema and Ciccone, but in the end all three had to pass on an attack by Vlasov. Bennett and Fuglsang were able to come along, so there were now three leaders.
Mollema and Ciccone were not completely defeated, however. The two riders stayed on fifteen seconds for quite some time. They seemed to make the connection again, until Mollema misjudged a bend ten kilometers from the finish. After that, their chances of victory were gone.
Fuglsang wins Il Lombardia
The Tour of Lombardy was then decided on the climb of the San Fermo della Battaglia. At the foot of the climb, it was Bennett who attacked first. The New Zealander threw Vlasov overboard with his attack, but was then countered by Fuglsang.
The 35-year-old Fuglsang drove away from Bennett, after which the Tour of Lombardy was in a definitive fold. In Como, the Dane was able to celebrate his second monumental victory after Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Bennett and Vlasov were allowed on stage with Fuglsang. Mollema finished fourth.