Fuglsang emerges victorious from rugged Lombardy

The Dane certified his solo triumph after leaving Bennett behind on the last climb. Evenepoel fell off a bridge. Schachmann, hit by a car.

The Classic of the Dead Leaves was more alive than ever, a vibrant spectacle despite the atypical 2020 course left by the pandemic. It did not matter that the stars of the Dauphiné were missing, coinciding in time, or that the initial route was shortened by 15 km, since there was everything. Jakob Fuglsang took the victory and added the second monument to his record, after Liege last year, but the unfortunate protagonist was Remco Evenepoel. The Belgian's dream debut in a monument turned into a nightmare when a few kilometers from the end he plunged over a bridge when he collided with a stone wall. To make matters worse, Max Schachmann also gave another scare when he was hit by a car that crossed the road. Luckily, without consequences for the German, who entered the goal under his own power.

Evenepoel did not suffer the same fate, who was quickly treated by the rescue services in the area where he fell, near a river, and had to be transferred to the Como hospital to undergo tests that confirmed serious injuries: fracture in the pelvis and contusion in the right lung. Due to the impact with the ground (from about five meters high) he was transferred on a stretcher to the ambulance, including the neck brace. Despite the spectacular nature of the images, the Belgian remained conscious at all times, although he will have to spend tonight under observation before flying back to Belgium on Sunday.

As for sports, which was clouded by the concern produced by these events, it should be noted that the race was frantic from the starting flag. No team saved anything and that led to the escape taking almost 1 hour to settle, with eleven men who opened a gap after 40 km of the race. At 50 km / h on average, it was shot in the first hour, almost nothing. And the Deceuninck team had a good fault for this, who controlled at all times the evolution of the stage together with the men of the Jumbo-Visma at the head of the peloton.

That work neutralized the escape in the absence of the last three ascents, thanks largely to Devenyns, Evenepoel's luxury squire during the 231 km of the route. The strong pace selected the race so much that in the absence of 50 km and only a group of twelve chosen were in the lead. No favorite missed the appointment, although curiously the first to get off the hook was Mathieu Van der Poel, who seems not to be in as good shape as last season. When the group was six came the disaster of Evenepoel as he chased down Sormano's descent to Mollema, Ciccone, Nibali, Bennett and Fuglsang, the men who would play the victory. It should be noted that the protrusion of the wall where Remco hit was the same area where Bakelants collided in Lombardy in 2017.The Trek was the team with the most representation in the lead, but its three men were the first to say goodbye on the decisive stage. When Fuglsang and Bennett picked up the pace they were left alone, at the expense of a Vlasov who was left in no-man's-land behind. Finally, the Danish accelerated to release Bennett with authority in San Fermo della Battaglia, who had just won several days ago in Piemonte, and savor the second monument of his solo record. Historic cycling day, for the good and the bad ...


1º Jakob Fuglsang (DIN, Astana), 5: 32: 5

2º George Bennett (NZe, Jumbo), at 31 "

º Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS, Astana), at 51 "

4º Bauke Mollema (PBa, Trek), at 1: 19

5º Giulio Ciccone (ITA, Trek), at 1: 40

Photos from as.com
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