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Il Lombardia 2020

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Dutch Bauke Mollema of TrekSegafredo celebrates on the podium after winning the Giro di Lombardia one day cycling race Saturday 12 October 2019 in Como ItalyBELGA PHOTO YUZURU SUNADA FRANCE OUT Photo by YUZURU SUNADABELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) celebrates his win in the 2019 Il Lombardia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Il Lombardia is traditionally the fifth and final Monument Classic of the year and see many of the world's biggest names – Grand tour riders and Classics specialists - go against each other during the hilly Italian one-day Classic.

While many riders will see Il Lombardia as an opportunity to grab the big win that has perhaps eluded them this season, there are at least as many who are looking forward to a well-deserved rest before recommencing their winter training. It makes for a smaller, elite group that battles it out for the honours in Como or Bergamo, with the likes of Nibali, Roglič, Bernal, Gilbert, Valverde and Dan Martin amongst recent contenders and winners.

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) soloed to the biggest win of his career and his first Monument, with victory in Il Lombardia in 2019.

The 32-year-old attacked on the penultimate climb of the Civiglio with 18km to go after a brief lull in the lead group, and despite a late chase from a group that contained the winners of this year's Tour de France, the Trek-Segafredo rider hung on to win ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Egan Bernal (Team Ineos).

This year the race, known as the 'Race of the Falling Leaves' for its normal October slot, takes place mid-August because of the reshuffling of events due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With riders keen to grab any results they can in the shortened season and with far fresher legs than normal for Il Lombardia, it's likely going to be the most competitive edition in years.

2019 Il Lombardia Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 5:52:59
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:16
3Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Team Ineos
4Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana pro Team
5Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First 0:00:34
6Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
7Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma
8Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:50
9Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
10Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ

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