In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Esteban Chaves wins Il Lombardia; Dylan Groenewegen wins the Tour de l’Eurometropole; Nacer Bouhanni victorious in the Tour de Vendee; Astana blasts Diego Rosa for ignoring Il Lombardia orders; Colin Lynch sets new paracycling World Hour Record; Amstel Gold Race for women?; Bike lanes a good investment in public health; Rob Power misses start of his Orica-BikeExchange WorldTour debut; Near-miss for Naesen in Tour de l’Eurometropole; One impressive bike throw.
Your Monday Daily News Digest
Esteban Chaves has made history for his Orica-BikeExchange team, becoming the first non-European to win the season’s final Monument, Il Lombardia, on Saturday. In doing so, Chaves also becomes the first Colombian to win any of the sport’s five Monuments.
Chaves made his move at the bottom of the penultimate climb, his attack creating a leading group of four riders. He would later beat Diego Rosa (Astana) and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) in the three-up sprint, as Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) finished fourth, six seconds down.
“It was a dream for me to win Il Lombardia,” Chaves said. “I can’t believe I’ve won this race. This is a monument.”
“When I turned professional, I settled down here in Bergamo. I knew the roads but I wasn’t sure if I could win today. In the final, I tried to make a difference on the cobbles but Rigoberto (Uran) followed so I had to stay calm and go for the sprint, which is not my forte but I gave everything and I’m so happy that I made it.”
Chaves’ Il Lombardia win means Orica-BikeExchange has now won four of the sport’s five Monuments. Just the Tour of Flanders remains.
CHAVES RUBIO Johan Esteban
Astana Pro Team
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team