Morabito takes final bow as Gaudu leads FDJ at Il Lombardia

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Saturday’s Il Lombardia will signify something of a changing of the guard at Groupama-FDJ. With last year’s champion Thibaut Pinot absent, 23-year-old David Gaudu will lead the line for the French team, while 36-year-old Steve Morabito races for the final time.

Morabito turned pro with Phonak back in 2006, going on to ride for Astana and BMC before joining FDJ in 2015. Over the course of a 14-year-career, he won four races – a stage of the Tour de Suisse, two stages at the Herald Sun Tour, and the Swiss road race title last year. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.