Jakob Fuglsang rounds out Astana dominance in Tour of Lombardy | Tour of Lombardy 2020

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Jakob Fuglsang (35) has added a second monument to his honors list with the Tour of Lombardy. The Dane from Astana was the best man in the competition and arrived solo in Como. George Bennett was 2nd, Aleksandr Vlasov, Fuglsang’s teammate, 3rd. Top favorite Remco Evenepoel crashed heavily in a descent and was taken to hospital.

Tour of Lombardy in a nutshell

  • Key moments: In the dangerous descent of the Sormano, Evenepoel falls away and the gate swings open for the shadow favorites. On the Civiglio, Trek’s tactics explode and Astana takes over.
  • Winner of the day: Jakob Fuglsang was supported by a strong team with the young Vlasov as a lieutenant well into the final. The Dane was very strong and completed Astana’s plan perfectly.
  • Loser of the day: Remco Evenepoel saw his first chance to win a monument go up in smoke, but hopefully will be able to show his enormous talent to the world in the future.
  • Loser of the day (bis): Trek-Segafredo could not exploit its numerical superiority. After the Civiglio, saving was what could be saved, but shifting problems at Mollema meant the definitive end.

First escapees make a tough opening

A minute’s silence was held before the start in Bergamo, badly affected by the corona virus. It was soon forgotten, because war was going on for an hour to get away. Joey Rosskopf tried in vain on his own, but a second attempt with ten others was more likely to succeed.

The eleven escapees, with Vakoc as the most striking name, did not get too much space from the peloton. With a maximum lead of 4’30 “they were allowed to ride over the Colle Gallo and the Colle Brianza. In the peloton, Deceuninck-QuickStep and Jumbo-Visma divided the work in the service of leaders Evenepoel and Bennett. On the flanks of the Madonna del Ghisallo it was story of the flight ended The Canadian Piccoli was arrested last.

Top favorite Evenepoel ends up in the abyss

Devenyns imposed a disparaging pace and threw a lot of men overboard. With Evenepoel in his wake, he also took care of the run-up of the Sormano. On the dreaded Muro di Sormano, the favorites finally fully surfaced and the masks fell off.

At the top, Evenepoel, Bennett, Nibali, Fuglsang and Vlasov had made a gap. The stubborn Mollema, last year’s winner, refused to burst and joined Ciccone. In the treacherous descent of the Sormano things went completely wrong for Evenepoel. The great Belgian cycling hope hit a wall and collapsed into a ravine. Fortunately, the first reports would show that his injuries were not too bad.

Astana and Fuglsang seize power

In the meantime, the race just rumbled on and a fascinating joust unfolded. The Trek trio (Nibali, Mollema and Ciccone) battled the Astana duo (Fuglsang and Vlasov) while Bennett had to manage alone. After a crazy chase, Van der Poel stranded a stone’s throw from that leading group.

The ascent of the Civiglio meant the downfall for Trek-Segafredo, which lost all its pawns there. Bennett was now in Astana’s pliers, but would not be fooled. The New Zealander tried to get away on the San Fermo della Battaglia. However, he ran on a direct counterfeit from Fuglsang, who drove to his second monument in the descent. Last year he already won Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Fuglsang: “Knew I had a good chance today”

Jakob Fuglsang rode solo to the overall victory in a second monument in cycling. “Whether this is a masterpiece? I don’t know. I knew I had a good chance today and that the team was very strong, but you always have to be in the right place at the right time. Vlasnov drove empty for me and I actually knew I would be faster than Bennett in the sprint. It was only when Bennett went that I accelerated again and luckily I was able to hold him back. ”

George Bennett had to be content with second place. “Winner in the Gran Piemonte and now second, had you told me that at the beginning of the week, I would have been very satisfied with it, but today I feel disappointed. It felt like I could win today. I knew that Fuglsang was faster in the sprint, so I wanted to run it loose, but I drove myself. ”

  1. Silly crash. An elderly lady drives up the track and knocks Schachmann off his socks. The consequences for the German champion are not serious at first sight, he swears on his way. . 18 hours 03.
  2. 18 hours . Not a first classic victory for New Zealand, but a brave attempt by George Bennett for second place. Vlasov is one for the future, he completes the podium. .
  3. 5 pm 59. Fuglsang wins! Jakob Fuglsang completes the Astana team game and wins the Tour of Lombardy! Very clever of the Dane, but we especially hope that Remco Evenepoel will recover quickly from his ugly crash. .
  4. Game won. Fuglsang has almost half a minute lead under the rag and can therefore enjoy his last kilometer. . 17 hours 58.
  5. 5 pm 57. Rolf Sørensen won the Tour of Flanders and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Fuglsang already has La Doyenne on his record and thus becomes the second Dane to write two monuments to his name. .
  6. 5 pm 54. With mighty strokes Fuglsang deepens his lead. Staying upright in the descent is now the only task for the Dane. .
  7. Fuglsang goes on the San Fermo! Jakob Fuglsang dissolves his devils. Bennett clings to his saddle and ceilings, the winner seems known. . 17 hours 53.
  8. 17 hours 52.
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