Pogacar wins Il Lombardia for third year in a row

Tadej pogacar Il Lombardia - Pogacar wins Il Lombardia for third year in a rowfoto: Cor VosTadej Pogacar attacks early in the descent of the Passo di Ganda from the lead group and he solos to victory. Andrea Bagioli outsprints Primoz Roglic almost 1 minute later for second place. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 2023 Tour of Lombardy

1. Tadej Pogacar (slo)
2. Andrea Bagioli (ita) + 0.51
3. Primoz Roglic (slo) s.t.
4. Simon Yates (gbr) s.t.
5. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) s.t.
6. Adam Yates (gbr) s.t.
7. Carlos Rodriguez (spa) s.t.
8. Richard Carapaz (col) + 1.05
9. Remco Evenepoel (bel) + 1.25
10. Andreas Kron (den) s.t.

Race report
Thomas De Gendt, Nicolas Prodhomme, Nicolò Buratti, Mattia Bais, Samuele Battistella, Simon Geschke, Asbjørn Hellemose, Paul Ourselin, Kamil Malecki and Jacob Eriksson escape early on, while Nicola Conci, Alex Tolio, Ben Swift, Tobias Bayer, Nils Bruns and Martin Marcellusi bridge across on the Madonna del Ghisallo. The attackers open up a maximum lead of 4 minutes.

The gap has fallen below 2 minutes on the Passo della Crocetta when Oscar Onley and Ben Healy attack from the peloton. The two rejoin the remaing attackers with 73 kilometres remaining. Healy forges on with Onley, Prodhomme and Marcellusi in his wheel. Five riders latch on a little later.

The lead group is down to Healy and Marcellusi in the descent down the Zambla Alta before Healy heads out alone on the Passo di Ganda. The Irishman is caught by the peloton with 37 kilometres remaining, moments after Evenepoel has been dropped.

Michael Woods strikes 35 kilometres before the finish. Aleksandr Vlasov, Adam Yates, Simon Yates, Chris Harper, Richard Carapaz and Andrea Bagioli follow his move, while Tadej Pogacar is first to close down the gap. He accelerates when Primoz Roglic and Carlos Rodriguez regain contact.

Roglic, Bagioli and Simon Yates rejoin Vlasov and Pogacar before the summit, while the title defender strikes in the first part of descent. Adam Yates and Rodriguez rejoin the chase group.

Richard Carapaz rejoins the chasers inside the last 14 kilometres, while Pogacar reaches the foot of the Colle Aperto 1 minute before the seven.

The phenomenon from Slovenia wins Il Lombardia for the third consecutive year before Bagioli sprints to second place ahead of Roglic.

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