Cycling news - Thibaut Pinot solos to Il Lombardia glory
Thibaut Pinot claimed his second win in three days as he soloed to victory at Il Lombardia.
Defending champion Nibali clung onto second, launching a brave attack in the closing stages just as he was about to be swallowed up. Dylan Teuns won the scrap for third.
The four-strong front group were each hoping to banish memories from a painful 2018, with Pinot suffering pneumonia at the Giro d’Italia, Nibali being wiped out by a fan’s camera strap at the Tour de France, Roglic crashing in the World Championships road race and Bernal only recently returning from a sickening fall at San Sebastian.
It was Pinot who proved the strongest, driving the tempo with 15 kilometres remaining as first Bernal, then Roglic and finally Nibali succumbed to the speed.
And the 28-year-old built on his advantage to claim the biggest win of his career by 32 seconds.