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The emotions and drama of Il Lombardia 2018 - Gallery

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Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) wins the sprint for third place

Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) wins the sprint for third place
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New world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) had a difficult race

New world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) had a difficult race
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Thibaut Pinot opens the spumante on the Il Lombardia podium

Thibaut Pinot opens the spumante on the Il Lombardia podium
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Respect between rivals: Vincenzo Nibali congratulates Thibaut Pinot

Respect between rivals: Vincenzo Nibali congratulates Thibaut Pinot
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The 2018 Il Lombardia podium (l-r): Vincenzo Nibali, Thibaut Pinot and Dylan Teuns

The 2018 Il Lombardia podium (l-r): Vincenzo Nibali, Thibaut Pinot and Dylan Teuns
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Before the start Felice Gimondi posed for photographs with Alejandro Valverde

Before the start Felice Gimondi posed for photographs with Alejandro Valverde
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The view across the Muro di Sormano

The view across the Muro di Sormano
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The moment Il Lombardia was won: Nibali and Pinot go on the attack

The moment Il Lombardia was won: Nibali and Pinot go on the attack
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Nibali and Pinot distanced Primoz Roglic and never looked back

Nibali and Pinot distanced Primoz Roglic and never looked back
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Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) pass the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) pass the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel
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The stunning view across Lake Como

The stunning view across Lake Como
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It was a warm and dry edition of Il Lombardia

It was a warm and dry edition of Il Lombardia
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Thibaut Pinot solos to victory at Il Lombardia

Thibaut Pinot solos to victory at Il Lombardia
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The Wolfpack is ready to rock Il Lombardia as Quick-Step's Pieter Serry rides to the start in Bergamo.

The Wolfpack is ready to rock Il Lombardia as Quick-Step's Pieter Serry rides to the start in Bergamo.
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Everything is A-OK so far for Thibaut Pinot at Il Lombardia

Everything is A-OK so far for Thibaut Pinot at Il Lombardia
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Vincenzo Nibali gets ready to defend his title at Il Lombardia

Vincenzo Nibali gets ready to defend his title at Il Lombardia
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James Shaw of Great Britain and Team Lotto Soudal hit the deck during Il Lombardia

James Shaw of Great Britain and Team Lotto Soudal hit the deck during Il Lombardia
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Lake Como provided the backdrop for Il Lombardia

Lake Como provided the backdrop for Il Lombardia
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Scenery along the route of Il Lombardoa

Scenery along the route of Il Lombardoa
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Primoz Roglic launches an attack in Il Lombardia

Primoz Roglic launches an attack in Il Lombardia
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Thibaut Pinto checks for chasers as Vincenzo Nibali drives the pace near the end of Il Lombardia

Thibaut Pinto checks for chasers as Vincenzo Nibali drives the pace near the end of Il Lombardia
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Egan bernal rode to 12th at Il Lombardia

Egan bernal rode to 12th at Il Lombardia
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Thibaut Pinot sprays the victor's champagne at Il Lombardia

Thibaut Pinot sprays the victor's champagne at Il Lombardia
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Thibaut Pinot celebrates his solo win at Il Lombardia

Thibaut Pinot celebrates his solo win at Il Lombardia
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Thibaut Pinot rides alone to the finish of Il Lombardia

Thibaut Pinot rides alone to the finish of Il Lombardia
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Big crowds gathered on the climbs of the Italian Monument

Big crowds gathered on the climbs of the Italian Monument
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Alejandro Valverde in his new rainbow jersey

Alejandro Valverde in his new rainbow jersey
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The Il Lombardia peloton in action during the early stages of the race

The Il Lombardia peloton in action during the early stages of the race
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Team Sky's Sergio Henao

Team Sky's Sergio Henao
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The peloton is lined out during Il Lombardia

The peloton is lined out during Il Lombardia
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The peloton in and amongst the crowd iduring Il Lombardia

The peloton in and amongst the crowd iduring Il Lombardia
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Riders are ready for the start of the 2018 Il Lombardia

Riders are ready for the start of the 2018 Il Lombardia
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Alejando Valverde is front and center in his rainbow jersey before the start of Il Lombardia

Alejando Valverde is front and center in his rainbow jersey before the start of Il Lombardia
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EF Education First-Drapac riders line up to sign in for Il Lombardia

EF Education First-Drapac riders line up to sign in for Il Lombardia
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Egan Bernal bides his time in the Team Sky line up during Il Lombardia

Egan Bernal bides his time in the Team Sky line up during Il Lombardia
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Alejandro Valverde finished 11th in Il Lombardia

Alejandro Valverde finished 11th in Il Lombardia
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Lake Como served as backdrop for Il Lombardia

Lake Como served as backdrop for Il Lombardia
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Vincenzo Nibali and Primoz Roglic on the attack during Il Lombardia

Vincenzo Nibali and Primoz Roglic on the attack during Il Lombardia
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Thibaut Pinot holds the Il Lombardia trophy aloft

Thibaut Pinot holds the Il Lombardia trophy aloft
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Vincenzo Nibali, Thibaut Pinot and Dylan Teuns on the Il Lombardia podium

Vincenzo Nibali, Thibaut Pinot and Dylan Teuns on the Il Lombardia podium
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Thibaut Pinot solos to victory at the 2018 Il Lombardia

Thibaut Pinot solos to victory at the 2018 Il Lombardia
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Gianni Savio with Androni rider Mattia Cattaneo

Gianni Savio with Androni rider Mattia Cattaneo
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Dan Martin shows the train of his ninth-place finish at Il Lombardia

Dan Martin shows the train of his ninth-place finish at Il Lombardia
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Confetti floats past Thibaut Pinot on the Il Lombardia podium

Confetti floats past Thibaut Pinot on the Il Lombardia podium
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The Il Lombardia peloton leaves the start in Bergamo

The Il Lombardia peloton leaves the start in Bergamo
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The peloton makes its way past some of the race's namesake leaves

The peloton makes its way past some of the race's namesake leaves
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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.