Chaves Wins 110th Giro di Lombardia
Wth the Madonna del Ghisallo only 65 kms into the race, Mikaël Chérel, Damiano Caruso, Stefan Denifl and Rudy Molard form a break and gain a lead of almost 8 minutes.
While climbing the Valico di Valcava, Molard and Caruso attack and drop their fellow-escapees. The gap is down to 3 minutes, and the two race to a lead at over 4 minutes. Bakelants and Hardy open the chase and in doing so they pick up Chérel.
At the Sant’Antonio Abbandonato, Caruso drops Molard while Bakelants and copmpany are reeled in by the peloton. Mamykin attacks and is is accompanied by Gesink, Rosa, De la Cruz, Villella, Barguil and Latour. In the descent several prominent riders bridge across.
With 45 kms remaining, Caruso’s efforts prove invain when he is caught.
Aru, Rosa, Bardet, Latour, Torres, De Marchi, Uran, Villella, Molard, Brambilla, De la Cruz, Visconti, Valverde, Dumoulin (Tom), Chaves, Barguil and Gesink form the lead bunch or riders.
At the climb of the Selvino, Chaves attacks accompanied by Uran and Bardet. Rosa closes the gap.
They have a lead of 40 seconds.
The race boiled down to the last climb into the old town of Bergamo.
Bardet, struggling on the climb was dropped.
Chaves and Uran descend towards the finish and Rosa stays in contact.
Italian, Rosa tries to jump clear, but Uran closes the gap. Chaves outsprints the other two on the line in a closly contested sprint.
2016 Tour of Lombardy Results Top 10
1. Esteban Chaves (col)
2. Diego Rosa (ita) s.t.
3. Rigoberto Uran (col) s.t.
4. Romain Bardet (fra) + 0.06
5. Davide Villela (ita) + 1.19
6. Alejandro Valverde (spa) + 1.24
7. Robert Gesink (nld) s.t.
8. Warren Barguil (fra) s.t.
9. Alessandro De Marchi (ita) s.t.
10. Pierre Latour (fra) s.t.