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Press Releases | 09.10.2021

BORA-hansgrohe out of contention for top placing at Il Lombardia

The 239km long Il Lombardia between Como and Bergamo saw the final monument of 2021 be contested today. The ascent to Madonna del Ghisallo, which was decisive in past races, featured as the first of seven climbs this year. Ahead of the finish, the riders had to face a short yet steep ramp before the descent into the old town of Bergamo. With a strong field in attendance, numerous climbing challenges and around 4500 metres of altitude, this proved to be a very difficult race. After a breakaway was able to establish itself, the race situation remained stable for a significant amount of time until the remaining leaders were reeled back in around 55 km ahead of the finish. On the last climb, the reduced peloton with Felix Großschartner broke up and there were several attacks from the group of favourites. Felix unfortunately had to let go at this point, while T. Pogacar was able to break away at the front. In the last descent, F. Masnada caught up with Pogacar, but when the Slovenian started his sprint on the final straight, his rival could no longer keep up and he took the victory in Bergamo.  

 

Results

01 T. Pogačar           6:01:39

02 F. Masnada              +0:00

03 A. Yates                   +0:51

41 F. Großschartner     +7:05

 

From the Finish Line

"It was a tough race from the beginning, quite like we had expected. We were already hoping that we could race up front and that would have been a nice finish to the season, but the others were simply better today. In the end, we ran out of the requisite energy. But that's something that one has to accept. I'm looking forward to the break now and hope to return in good shape next year." - Felix Großschartner

"Of course, the result was not what we had hoped for. We thought that we would be able to fight it out for a top position with Matteo, Patrick and Felix. But one could see on the last climb that none of the three had the legs to ride up front. The season was long and we also had a difficult season, but now the riders will take the necessary time to recover, and then hopefully they can do better next year." - Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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