ROME – French cyclist Thibaut Pinot this Saturday won for the first time in his career the classic Tour of Lombardy, a 241-km (150-mile) race between Bergamo and Como, thus completing a brilliant double following the Milan-Turin run he won last Wednesday.
Pinot, who was also second on Tuesday in the Tre Valli Varesine competition, crossed the finish line all alone, 32 seconds ahead of Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali and 43 seconds ahead of the Belgian Dylan Teuns, to round out the prizewinners’ podium.
The French racer, who came in third in the 2015 Tour of Lombardy, made his decisive attack on the slope up to Civiglio, where Nibali fell back and lost his chance at victory.
The Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, outstanding world champion and third in the Milan-Turin run, was not in the running this Saturday and dropped behind the leading cyclists in the race to Civiglio when there were still some 15 km to go before the finish line.
While leading the pack on the climb up to Civiglio, Pinot began making some getaway trials, and after two attempts, he left Nibali behind for good and got 20 seconds ahead of the Italian at 13 km to Como.
The final stretch was a triumph for Pinot, who said on the eve of the Tour of Lombardy that for him, this race is “the most beautiful classic.” He now celebrated his victory by raising his arms to the heavens over Como after pedaling 5 hours, 53 minutes and 22 seconds.