The emotions and drama of Il Lombardia 2018 - Gallery

The Race of the Falling Leaves in photos

Il Lombardia has brought down the curtain on the long 2018 European season, with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) riding into the history books with panache on Saturday.

The Frenchman jumped away from defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) at the top of the Civiglio climb with 14km remaining and soloed to a career-defining victory.

He won alone in Como with a 32-second gap on Nibali to take his first-ever Monument, while Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) took the sprint from a select chasing group 43 seconds behind Pinot to claim the final podium spot.

The 112th running of the Italian Classic once again took place with Lake Como as the backdrop, providing stunning scenery for the spectators to enjoy as the riders battled over 241km.The race started in Bergamo under sunny skies and concluded nearly six hours later as the autumn leaves fell and the sun set in Como, making for a spectacular finale to the 2018 Classics.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a glimpse of the day's racing.

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