Ten Takeaways from Lombardia: The curtain has dropped on the 2021 season with Il Lombardia… And it dropped with a loud thud. Tadej Pogačar added to his Tour de France and Liège-Bastogne-Liège wins to put his name up with the top men in cycling history. Spencer Martin breaks down the ‘Race of the Falling Leaves’ to give us ‘Ten Takeaways’ for the end of the season.
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The ‘Race of the Falling Leaves’ across the stunning landscapes surrounding Lake Como in the Lombardy region of Italy pitted some of the world’s best riders against each other on extremely challenging terrain and ultimately delivered Tadej Pogačar to yet another major victory. Pogačar’s flashy breakaway win over Fausto Masnada and Adam Yates in the chasing group behind was the exclamation point on an incredible season and saw him become only the fourth rider of all time to win Liège – Bastogne – Liège, the Tour de France, and Il Lombardia in the same season. Pogačar, despite being one the quickest riders in the race, wasn’t content to sit and wait and went on a bombastic solo mission after counterattacking Vincenzo Nibali with nearly 40kms left in the race. He was eventually joined by Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Masnada and while only having a tenuous gap the entire time, was able to hold off a star-studded chase group, who seemed more concerned with […]