Slovenian ends 2021 in perfect fashion.
On his debut at the famous ‘Il Lombardia’, 23 year-old Tadej Pogačar added another chapter to his ever-expanding palmares taking a memorable victory in a two-man sprint with Fausto Masnada on the trip from Como to Bergamo, 239 km.
For the second time this season UAE Team Emirates once again dominated a Classic Monument, thus closing a dazzling 2021 which is marked by Liège-Bastogne-Liège in the spring, the Tour de France in the summer and the success at Il Lombardia in the autumn.
Pogačar set out his intent in trademark fashion, attacking 36.6 km from the finish while the select group of big names was facing the Ganda Pass. No opponent was able to hold the wheel of the Slovenian, who was joined by Fausto Masnada on the descent.
The duo, led by Pogačar built up an advantage of more than 1 minute ahead of the harsh ascent of Colle Aperto. A couple of digs from the UAE Team Emirates rider failed to drop Masnada, who, however, could do nothing in the two-man sprint against Pogačar’s quick turn of pace.
Today’s is the 13th success of the season for the Slovenian, and the 32nd win for the Emirati team in 2021.
Pogačar conquers Lombardia atop on his Colnago bike equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 Speed electronic groupset and with Campagnolo Bora full carbon wheels.
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