The Dutch sprinter took another win Saturday to give him more victories than anyone else in the WorldTour — for now
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World Champion Philippe Gilbert hopes to showcase his rainbow jersey, and his resurgence, on Saturday with a win at the Giro di Lombardia
Tour of Lombardy
- 1. Oliver Zaugg (Sui), Leopard-Trek, 6:20:02
- 2. Daniel Martin (Irl), Garmin-Cervélo, at 0:08
- 3. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Esp), Team Katusha, at 0:08
- 4. Ivan Basso (Ita), Liquigas-Cannondale, at 0:08
- 5. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol), Lampre-ISD, at 0:08
The 2010 UCI World Ranking calendar wrapped up with Saturday's Giro di Lombardia.
- 1. Philippe Gilbert (B), Omega Pharma, 260km in 6:46:32 (38.373kph)
- 2. Michele Scarponi, (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 0:12
- 3. Pablo Lastras Garcia, (Esp) Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:55
- 4. Jakob Fuglsang, (Den) Team Saxo Bank, at 1:08
- 5. Vincenzo Nibali, (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo, at 1:08
Riders will face a longer, tougher course for Saturday’s season-closing Giro di Lombardi. Can defending champ Philippe Gilbert stay with the true climbers?
This week, new world champ Thor Hushovd will lead Cervelo TestTeam at the team's final races
The history and romance of this weekend's Tour of Lombardy, in an exclusive excerpt from The Spring Classics.
The new world champ is delaying surgery so he can wear the rainbow jersey in Cervelo TestTeam's final season.
The Tour of Romandy gets UCI permission to add a 26th team — RadioShack — to the race.
Team RadioShack will start Lombardy after all
RadioShack is asking the Court of Arbitration for Sport for damages after the team was not invited to the fall classic, Tour of Lombardy
With four kilometers to go, it was obvious that an Italian wasn’t going to win Giro di Lombardia for the ninth consecutive year. A Belgian and a Spaniard ? Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) and Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) – were 12 seconds clear of a chasing group that included three-time winner Damiano Cunego (Lampre), enough gap to end the Italian stranglehold on the season-concluding fall classic.
Saturday’s Giro di Lombardia – the “Race of the Falling Leaves” – is Italy’s long good-bye to yet another exciting, daring and controversy-filled season. In the last major European event of the 2009 campaign, Lombardia always packs an emotional and palpating punch to put the peloton to rest for an ever-shortening winter to recharge the batteries going into the next year.
Press ReleaseAstana Cycling Team’s Last 2009 Races The team line-up for the next races: Giro del Piemonte (Ita) 15/10/2009 Riders: Jani Brajkovic, Valeriy Dmitriyev, Alexandr Dyachenko, Chris Horner, Maxim Iglinskiy, Roman Kireyev, Bolat Raimbekov & Alexandr Vinokourov Director: Alexandr Shefer Giro di Lombardia (Ita) 17/10/2009 Riders: Jani Brajkovic, Valeriy Dmitriyev, Alexandr Dyachenko, Chris Horner, Maxim Iglinskiy, Roman Kireyev, Bolat Raimbekov & Alexandr Vinokourov Director: Alexandr Shefer
Chris Horner has signed with Team RadioShack for the next two seasons, according to an Oregon newspaper. Horner told The Oregonian that he had talked with other teams, “but wanted to stay here” — that being alongside Astana teammates Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer.
Recently crowned world champion Cadel Evans promises to honor the rainbow jersey with aggressive racing for the remainder of the 2009 season. The 32-year-old Aussie isn’t wasting any time, and will make his debut in the famed rainbow jersey on October 8 in the Coppa Sabatini in Italy. “I will try to honor the rainbow jersey even if my legs are understandably a little tired after a grueling season,” Evans said during a press conference Thursday at the Silence-Lotto team headquarters.
Behind the story there is always a greater story, one which is often missed. The Tour of Lombardy unfolded in traditional fashion: a breakaway, a gauged acceleration in the peloton, the knife-stabbing attacks that seal most riders’ fate, and then, finally, the winning attack and the defeated sprints for the places of honor. The favorite won.
Damiano Cunego won the 102nd Giro di Lombardia, the season’s final one-day classic, for the third time in his career on Saturday. Cunego – winner in 2004 and 2007 – scored the win after taking a gamble and attacking 15 kilometers from the finish at lake front of Lake Como in northern Italy. Cunego won the famed “race of the falling leaves” ahead of a hard chasing Janez Brajkovic (Astana), who reached the line 20 seconds later. [nid:84391]Cunego earned the victor’s laurels at the end of the 242-kilometer race that had been largely controlled by his Lampre team.
1. Damiano Cunego (ITA)
2. Alessandro Ballan (ITA)
3. Francesco Gavazzi (ITA)
4. Paolo Tiralongo (ITA)
5. Sylvester Szmyd (POL)
6. Matteo Bono (ITA)
7. Marco Marzano (ITA)
8. Mauro Santambrogio (ITA)
Director: Maurizio Piovani
ACQUA & SAPONE - CAFFE' MOKAMBO (ITA)
11. Massimo Codol (ITA)
12. Francesco Failli (ITA)
13. Stefano Garzelli (ITA)
14. Andrea Masciarelli (ITA)
15. Francesco Masciarelli (ITA)
16. Simone Masciarelli (ITA)
17. Giuseppe Palumbo (ITA)
While Damiano Cunego of Lampre-Fondital returned to his sensational best on Saturday to win a second Tour of Lombardy, three years after he took his first, Cadel Evans was left ruing what might have been. Predictor-Lotto’s remarkable Aussie crossed the line in sixth place, 10 seconds back, to end his season with overall victory in the 2007 UCI ProTour, but he felt he was good enough to have been sprinting for the day’s main prize alongside Cunego and runner-up Riccardo Ricco of Saunier Duval-Prodir. “I got something in my eye on the descent into Lecco [with 80km to go],” Evans told VeloNews
While two-time defending world champion Paolo Bettini (Quick Step-Innergetic) is heavily favored to score his third consecutive Tour of Lombardy victory on Saturday, the venerable 242km fall classic is not the only title in play. The 2007 ProTour series is also up for grabs because the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) this week handed longtime ProTour leader Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas) a three-month suspension for his implication in the 2004 Oil for Drugs scandal, which caused the UCI to drop him from the standings. These developments put the consistent Cadel Evans (Predictor-Lotto) into the
DiLuca may not be in Lombardia on Saturday... but he really doesn't have to be