FILE PHOTO: Biking – Excursion de France – The 27.5-km Level 13 Person Time Trial from Pau to Pau – July 19, 2019 – Trek-Segafredo rider Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands finishes. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
October 12, 2019
COMO, Italy (Reuters) – Dutchman Bauke Mollema claimed his greatest occupation victory when he gained the Il Lombardia one-day race, a 243-km experience from Bergamo on Saturday.
Il Lombardia is the remaining of 5 ‘Monument’ classics within the biking season after Milan-Sanremo, the Excursion of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
The Trek-Segafredo rider attacked 20 km from the end and not appeared again, protecting off former global champion Alejandro Valverde of Spain who completed 2d forward of Colombia’s Excursion de France champion Egan Bernal.
The peloton slimmed right down to a bunch of most sensible riders within the Sormano ascent and Mollema dropped the decreased bunch within the Civiglio climb.
Protecting champion Thibaut Pinot of France didn’t get started the race after his season ended in advance following his withdrawal overdue within the Excursion de France as a result of a thigh damage.
(Writing via Julien Pretot; Modifying via Ken Ferris)
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