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Il Lombardia - 13 October 2018

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That's that from me. Enjoyed my first Eurosport live feed. I'm @TimBonvilleGinn, hopefully I'll be back again soon. Congratulations to Thibaut Pinot, great ride. So, all the monuments are done, (MSR - Nibali, RVV - Terpstra, PR - Sagan, LBL - Jungels and IL - Pinot!).

 

Another excellent watch! Nibali just didn't have the legs to stay with Pinot on the day. The Frenchman backs up his win in the week. He'll no doubt be over the moon.

 

Podium:

1st - Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

2nd - Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)

3rd - Dylan Teuns (BMC)

 

Thibaut Pinot WINS the 112th Il Lombardia and his first monument!!

1km

Flamme Rouge! What a ride by Pinot! He will take his first monument.

2km 

Izagirre, Uran, Majkla and Teuns join as Nibali finds something to kick again!! 42" gap from Pinot to the chase.

 

Majka puts everyone to the sword but then pulls over and slows. No-one is getting away. martin kicks again though and Nibali is caught!!

3km 

The chase group has grown into a group of 7 riders. I think Nibali will be caught, he only has 9" gap now. Pinot is flying. Martin attacks HARD! Pozzovivo, Uran, Majka and Ion Izagirre follow.

4km 

The final climb of the day, Monte Olimpino, is coming up. 1.7km in length with an average of 5%, max gradient of 9%. 31" back to Nibali as Pinot starts to climb.

6km 

Tim Wellens has also made it across to Martin and Majka, the Bora rider goes very wide on a bend but stays upright. Pinot is riding towards his first monument.

9km  

Majka is catching Martin. I have a feeling that they can get back to Nibali on the last climb.

12km 

Dan Martin could be riding his way back into contention as Pinot is descending. Nibali is now 22" back on Pinot.

 

Thibaut Pinot goes clear!! Nibali empties a bottle over his head and he is cooked! Pinot is flying!!

 

Uran brought back. Bernal also caught. Dan Martin is the next man to have a go behind!

14km 

Uran has attacked the chasers and is now closing on Bernal. 4 riders follow him as Pinot attacks Nibali hard! The Shark of Messina holds yet again. It is a tough one to call really, not sure who's going to take it, so I'll stick with my original pick of Nibali.

15km 

The motos are a bit too close to the riders. Maybe a hint of motor pacing? Roglic is about to be caught by the chasers. Valverde dropped. 33" back to the chasers from the leaders.

 

Majka and Martin now try to bring the leaders back as the season begins the bite world champion, Valverde. 35" gap.

16km 

Bernal loses touch again. This time I think he may be gone for good, you never know... Wellens and Woods pushing the pace in the chase group now. Pinot pushing Nibali but he holds well.

17km 

Pinot and Nibali drop Roglic and Bernal! Bernal goes round the Lotto NL man and starts to bridge back to Pinot and Nibali.

18km 

Info on Civiglio... 42" gap, Roglic missing a couple of turns now.

20km 

Martinez is still doing all the bchasing behind with the climb of Civiglio coming up. This is the penultimate climb of the day with a small, new, climb coming soon after before descending into the finish. 39" gap.

27km 

Will this be the group to take the win or will the chasers get back? 39" gap with Dani Martinez doing the bulk!

32km 

Bernal makes it! We now have 4 leaders as we see Valverde chasing some counter attacks in the chase group.

 

Pinot is looking a bit uncomfortable following the pace being set by Roglic. Bernal can now see the Groupama rider. 7" gap between him and the leaders.

35km 

The Team Sky man is about 8" behind the leaders as Roglic takes to the front. The graphics say 11" gap, this is quite a ride by the young Colombian! 44" gap as Moscon has a puncture.

 

This is interesting, Egan Bernal has gone clear from the chasers and is chasing the leaders, solo.

38km 

Roglic flies down this descent and has caught the leader duo of Pinot and Nibali. Master class from him on this very tricky descent. 42" back to the chasers.

41km 

Nibali and Pinot have 7" on chaser, Roglic with a chasing group, including Valverde and Adam Yates, at 41".

 

A camera strap takes Romain Bardet off his bike! That will be so frustrating for the Frenchman. Shouldn't be happening.

Video - Romain Bardet wiped out by camera strap

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45km 

Dan Martin is in the third group on the road as we're over the top. Valverde is with Bernal and Yates about 30" back as Nibali has a few dodgy moments on this descent already!

 

Attack by Nibali behind! He's dragging Pinot with him and they are straight onto Roglic's wheel! Pinot tires to go over the top, Nibali follows and Roglic is dropped! Wow!

47km  

Nibali starting to regain team mates, he has 4 near him! Bardet and Gaudu are in trouble! Roglic has 12" gap.

 

Nibali only has Pellizotti left on the front. Valverde a little bit far back but we do not have many riders left. Bennett looking good in third wheel. 9" gap back from Roglic to the chasers.

48km

Primoz Roglic attacks very early on the Muro!! Bahrain Chasing!

 

ALL TOGETHER. Lotto NL continue pushing. Only 3 riders left with Roglic. Bahrain Merida, AG2R and Lotto Soudal following as Pinot moves up.

 

Now then, Lotto NL Jumbo hit the front HARD! This is for Roglic! Bennett could be going well too but it will be the Slovenian who will be going for it. The last couple of KMs of this climb, when we hit the Muro, is the steep bit. Could suit Roglic! 16" gap!

50km

We have started climbing the Colma di Sormano! Bahrain Merida continues to push! Will we get a shark attack from Nibali? Well, the climb has a peak gradient of 27% but is said to touch 30%! Savage climb as Haig is slowly being brought back. 45" gap.

52km 

The Sormano debuted in this race back in 1960 but it only lasted 2 more editons before the organisers removed it and kept it out for close to half a century. It is very much the main part of this race now and definitely is not going anywhere.

54km 

The break is, once again, back as a 4 man group. We're on the Ghisallo descent on our way to the main attraction of the Colma di Sormano. Gaps are 48" to Haig and 1'12" to the Mohoric lead peloton.

58km 

Haig drops Hirt. The bells of the Ghisallo chapel are ringing as the peloton also goes over the top. 1'39" gap.

 

Orsini kicks away from the rest of the break. He wants to get away but Bonnamour and Storer chase. Over the top of Ghisallo we go.

61km 

Tonelli has got back to the leaders and is working for his team mate, Orsini. We do have a large and dangerous group just in front of the peloton as Haig has bridged to Hirt. I believe the Mohoric group is back in the peloton. 1'45" gap.

64km

We're around half way up Ghisallo. More attacks from Montaguti, Power and Sergio Henao. Mohoric is coming across too with a couple more riders. Name confirmations to come...

65km

Jan Hirt attacks the peloton as we continue to climb the Ghisallo! Tonelli is dragging his way back to the leading trio. 2'04" gap.

 

Orsini, Bonnamour and Storer are the only remaining riders up front out of the 8 men who were in the break. Bahrain Merida are really upping the pace for Nibali.

67km

We start Ghisallo and we see Bob Jungels out the back of the peloton. The Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner doesn't look good. 2'09" gap to the leaders.

75km 

I'm sure if Carlton Kirby was here he would be tipping his old favourite, Rigoberto Uran, for the win today!

80km 

The Colma di Sormano (5.1km, 6.6%) and the Muro di Sormano (1.9km, 15.8%) are the main climbs today. An absolute wall of tarmac and pain! They come with 55km and 50km to go.

 

Looking through Twitter, I'm seeing a lot of people saying Michael Woods for today. He would have to go solo as he really doesn't have the sprint.

 

Last year it was Nibali who took a solo win with Alaphilippe and Moscon filling up the podium. We won't be having the same look this year though as Julian Alaphilippe pulled out due to fatigue. Quickstep will probably be working for Mas and Jungels instead.

 

Some good facts coming from Quickstep Floors.

100km 

Current situation... The break have 4'33" on the Groupama/Movistar lead peloton. Pinot and Valverde feeling good then.

 

Our break has a gap of around 4 minutes on the peloton. The 8 riders are Ballerini (Androni), Orsini (Bardiani), Tonelli (Bardiani), Senechal (Quickstep), Bonnamour (Fortuneo), Restrepo (Katusha), Storer (Sunweb) and Marcato (UAE). Strong group.

 

I'm going to go all in and pick Vincenzo Nibali to win this race yet again. He knows the race incredibly well and is starting to look much better after his crash on Alpe d'Huez in Le Tour. Pinot also looking fresh. Will Valverde get his first win in rainbows?

115km 

Good afternoon, @TimBonvilleGinn here for my first Eurosport live feed! It is the final monument of the season, Il Lombardia! Very fast race so far with a 8 man break up the road.