Alaphilippe: We decided to play Masnada's card and second place at Il Lombardia isn't bad

Julian Alaphilippe in the chasing group behind Pogacar and Masnada in Il Lombardia
Julian Alaphilippe in the chasing group behind Pogacar and Masnada in Il Lombardia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Right place, wrong man? Local knowledge helped Fausto Masnada navigate the descent of the Selvino better than anyone else at Il Lombardia, but after he bridged across to lone leader Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), he could already sense that he was racing for second place in his native Bergamo.

With his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Julian Alaphilippe in the select chasing group behind, Masnada had licence to sit on Pogačar's wheel on the run-in, sparing himself for one game attempt to catch the Slovenian by surprise with an acceleration atop the short final ascent in Bergamo Alta. Pogačar was wise to Masnada's effort, however, and the Tour de France champion's victory in the two-up sprint was all but an inevitability.

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