Chaves takes first win for Colombia in Il Lombardia
Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) won Tour of Lombardy after he outsprinted in a photo finish Diego Rosa (Astana) and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac).
The 110th edition of Il Lombardia was one of the hardest yet and it turned into a race of attrition. After 14 riders had escaped on the third last climb of the day, Chaves attacked as they went over the final long climb of the day. Only Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran could follow and after Diego Rosa had bridged the gap, it was a quartet that would decide the race.
Chaves tried to drop his companions on the short, steep climb to Bergamo Alta with less than 5km to go but only Bardet was left behind. Hence, it came down to sprint from the front trio and here Chaves did everything right to just come around Rosa to claim the win.
Romain Bardet rolled across the line 6 seconds later and Davide Villella made a late attack to complete the top 5. Alejandro Valverde won the sprint for sixth.
Il Lombardia 2016 results:
|1||Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange)||6:26:36|
|2||Diego Rosa (Astana)||,,|
|3||Rigoberto Uran (Cannnondale-Drapac)||,,|
|4||Romain Bardet (AG2R)||+06”|
|5||Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac)||+1’19”|
|6||Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)||+1’24”|
|7||Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin)||,,|
|8||Robert Gesink (LottoNl-Jumbo)||,,|
|9||Alessandro De Marchi (BMC)||,,|
|10||Pierre Latour (AG2R)||,,|