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Tadej Pogacar wins Il Lombardia 2021

Fausto Masnada, Tadej Pogacar and Adam Yates on the podium of the 2021 Il Lombardia

Fausto Masnada, Tadej Pogacar and Adam Yates on the podium of the 2021 Il Lombardia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) added a second Monument to his rapidly-growing palmares on Saturday, beating Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in a two-up sprint to win Il Lombardia, with Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) leading home the chase group for third. 

Pogacar continued to create entries into the history books: after winning his second Tour de France in July, he became the youngest winner of Il Lombardia since Jean-Pierre Monseré in 1969. He also joined Moreno Argentin as the only riders to win the race and the Tour de France in the same year.

He also followed up his victory in Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April, the overall wins in Tirreno-Adriatico and the UAE Tour in February for a highly successful and well-rounded season.

The Slovenian attacked from far out, countering a move from Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) on the Passo di Ganda with over 30km to go. He was joined on the descent by Deceuninck-Quickstep's Fausto Masnada, who was ordered not to work since world champion and teammate Julian Alaphilippe was present in an elite chasing group.

The passenger did nothing to deter Pogacar, who was solely responsible for maintaining the duo's 45-second lead and leading out the sprint. Such was the Slovenian's power that Masnada could not even draw alongside in the dash to the line.

2021 Il Lombardia results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 6:01:39
2Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
3Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:51
4Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
6Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep
7David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
8Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM
9Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-up Nation
10Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo 0:02:25

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