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October 6/13 11:24 am - Il Lombardia: report and results

Posted by Editoress on 10/6/13

José Joaquín Rodríguez won his second Il Lombardia in as many years this afternoon, thanks to a brilliant solo attack on the Villa Vergano climb. It was a carbon copy of his 2012 win, also in the rain, and brought the Spaniard both revenge for last week’s second place in the World Championships, and provisional World Number One status, with just one more World Tour race left in the 2013 calendar.



Joaquin Rodriguez, on the finish line in Lecco. Photo credit: La Presse


Alejandro Valverde was second, and Rafal Majka third.

After the race, Rodríguez spoke to the press:

On victory: “It was a good win for me, in a beautiful race. I’m just enjoying the moment. I always try to look forward. This week hasn’t been easy because the World Championships are World Championships. But I have family and friends who helped me focus on this race, and I’ve come out of it the winner. It was important to prove to myself that I could recover well after World Championships and focus on the next race. This win helps me move towards 2014 knowing that this is my level.”

On Thomas Voeckler’s early solo attack: “I thought he’d make it. It was a good attack.. Trying to make up 3 minutes on Voeckler is difficult. He’s a very dangerous rider when he attacks alone, and he’s done this many times. But my team was exceptional, We set the pace at the front of the bunch and reeled him in.”

On the attack on the Villa Vergano climb: “I knew that if I wanted to win, I had to attack there. It’s October, the race is 240 km long, it was raining and cold, and it was even faster than last year, and you could feel the group was tired. I knew I had to make one decisive attack. I attacked at the right moment although, on the descent, I never trusted the curves in the rain, so the final descent was stressful. It is great to win, and it’s never easy.’

On his 10 second lead, reminiscent of the World Championships a week ago: “That did occur to me. I thought they might catch me. And my radio didn’t work until the final 2km. With those hairpins, you can’t see anything, and you don’t know what is coming, but thankfully nothing went wrong.”

On riding the 2014 Giro: “For me, the Giro is the most beautiful of the three Grand Tours.  I always have good form after the classics. Last year I rode well at the Giro, and I think I can do well there again. This week I have felt a great deal of support from Italian cycling fans, and I think they deserve to see me start the Giro in 2014.”

Special awards
Muro di Sormano climb: (fastest time for Muro di Sormano): Dario Cataldo (Sky) in 9’32” average 11,328 km/h.

Premio Vincenzo Torriani (first rider to complete the Muro di Sormano): Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

Premio Pierluigi Todisco (the first rider to cross the Ghisallo): Thomas Voeckler (Europcar).

Press release




Bergamo to Lecco, 242 km
1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Esp) Katusha 6:10:18
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team at 0:17
3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:23
4 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 0:45
5 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team s.t.
6 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Esp) Katusha 0:55
7 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
8 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
9 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team
10 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
11 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
12 Thibaut Pinot (Fra)
13 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Esp) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
14 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard
15 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
16 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team all s.t.
17 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 1:07
18 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
19 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
20 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
21 Mikel Landa Meana (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi all s.t.
22 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling 1:33
23 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia
24 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura
25 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida
26 Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling all s.t.
27 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:59
28 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 2:46
29 Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 03:02
30 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli s.t.
31 Carlos A. Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 3:38
32 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 3:44
33 Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling 4:05
34 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 4:08
35 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 5:31
36 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 7:27
37 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha s.t.
38 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 8:35
39 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha s.t.
40 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 10:37
41 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
42 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 10:49
43 Miguel A. Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli 10:56
44 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team s.t.
45 Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 11:11
46 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 11:50
47 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 11:52
48 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 11:53
49 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
50 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
51 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
52 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka all s.t.
53 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Lotto Belisol 20:46
54 Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 37:35
DNF Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge
DNF Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano
195 starters


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