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The wildcard was already guaranteed, but after today's result, Androni were also confirmed as overall winners of the Ciclismo Cup ahead of Bahrain.
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    In the end bad weather made the race a bit more exciting btw, but it still came down to a sprint, and Sonny is just too good in those kind of conditions to be challenged by anyone





    Shall we outsource Lombardia or just stick to this thread?
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    It was such an odd race yesterday.

    Breschel and Grivko were doing ok but the gap seemed to suddenly tumble when Matti was dropped.

    Bad crash with the motorcycles though.
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    Re: The Italian Autumn Classics (Il Lombardia)
    « Reply #33 on: October 12, 2018, 16:28 »
    Giro di Lombardia

    Saturday, October 13th

    not much time at the moment, unfortunately. Feel free to add whatever you like :cool



    Great cycling is back on the roads of the Lombardy region. On Saturday 13 October the 112th edition of Il Lombardia will start from Bergamo and finish in Como after 241km. The "Classic of the Dead Leaves", the last Classic Monument race of the season, will run almost on the same route as last edition, when Vincenzo Nibali rode to a solo victory, with the only modification being in the finale



    It's a highly selective route with six climbs and 4,000 meters of vertical elevation. The first climb, Colle Gallo, is followed by Colle Brianza; and after the town of Onno the riders climb the Madonna del Ghisallo, followed by the Muro di Sormano. After passing the Colma di Sormano the race descends to Nesso and onto the Civiglio climb. After this climb in last year's race the route turned left to climb Val Fresca towards San Fermo della Battaglia, but this year will go straight until Via Camozzi roundabout where it will meet the descent of the previous course to then face a short punchy climb, 1,700m long with 5% average gradient and a maximum of 9% to end in the Monte Olimpino hamlet. From here it's just 3km to the finish line on Lungo Lario Trento e Trieste.
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    Re: The Italian Autumn Classics (Il Lombardia)
    « Reply #34 on: October 13, 2018, 07:46 »
    The final star ratings of the season, I guess

    *fr l'Équipe
    :*:*:*:*:* Pinot, Nibali, Valverde
    :*:*:*:* Moscon, Uran, Bardet
    :*:*:* Woods
    :*:* Roglic, Fuglsang, Kelderman, Yates
    :* Wellens, Bernal, Majka, Mollema

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    :*:*:*:*:* Valverde, Pinot
    :*:*:*:* Bardet, Woods, Moscon
    :*:*:* Nibali de Marchi, Uran
    :*:* Wellens, Kreuziger, Roglic, Bernal
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    Re: The Italian Autumn Classics (Il Lombardia)
    « Reply #35 on: October 15, 2018, 10:08 »
    Not sure if this is a new trick to gain 'leaning forward' viewers for advertisers, but Eurosport cut away at the 2km to go point - and ran about 5 high end commercials- I was having kittens believing all was lost; only for them to cut back at same point of race - now showing me 'as live' footage - what an incredibly annoying and unnecessary intrusion into the culmination of the race.

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    Re: The Italian Autumn Classics (Il Lombardia)
    « Reply #36 on: October 16, 2018, 02:06 »
    yes - was very annoying.

    Good race though.   Happy for Pinot, though I would have liked Nibali to win as well

    Sad that cycling season is done :(
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    Re: The Italian Autumn Classics (Il Lombardia)
    « Reply #37 on: October 16, 2018, 05:04 »
    . . .
    Good race though.    . . .

    Sad that cycling season is done :(

    WOT a race! Good? Oh, ya! Nibali has PROVED, one more time, what a master descender he is. Pinot has improved his descending, over the past 4-5 years, MASSIVELY! He actually looked pretty good this year.

    Also, this year was a bit extraordinary, in that the race was down to so few, so soon.

    GOOD race!
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  • . . .He had the bit between his teeth, and he loiked the taste, mate . . .

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    Re: The Italian Autumn Classics (Il Lombardia)
    « Reply #38 on: October 16, 2018, 13:45 »
    Just managed to watch a replay over my lunch break, what a race, what a result.

    Couldn't be happier for Pinot. So many near misses, comes into today a marked man from Milano-Torino and absolutely kills it.

    Glad he's done it in the most Thibaut of ways. Attacking Nibali three times, not caring about showing his cards but still finishing the job.

    Might be the biggest result for a French climber since Jalabert, depending how highly you rate a Tour podium. Chapeau Thibaut, you've earned this one.
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