In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali wins Il Lombardia; Matteo Trentin victorious at Paris-Tours; Matej Mohoric wins the inaugural Hong Kong Challenge; Bakelants, Petilli, Martinez injured after crashing into ravine at Il Lombardia; Nacer Bouhanni apologises for Paris-Bourges altercation with Rudy Barbier; Cameron Meyer’s road (and track) to the Commonwealth Games; Kathrin Hammes completes 2018 Drops Cycling roster; Number of pedestrians fatally or seriously injured by cyclists has doubled since 2006; Stray oBikes being crushed by City of Melbourne; Danny MacAskill to feature in BBC documentary on the human body.
Nibali’s Lombardia; Bakelants breaks seven ribs: CT Daily News Digest
For the second time in three years, Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) won Il Lombardia on Saturday after soloing away from the rest of the field in the closing kilometres.
Nibali rode away from a small group of contenders inside the final 20 kilometres, catching Frenchman Thibault Pinot (FDJ) on the penultimate climb, the Civiglio, and then dropping him on the descent.
Nibali then soloed up and over the final climb in San Fermo della Battaglia, crossing the finish 28 seconds ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors).
“The team supported me greatly, giving me great conditions in which to conclude this season,” said Nibali. “Finally, I bagged a great victory, I couldn’t ask for more. It wasn’t easy to reproduce what I did two years ago. It was even more difficult this time around because everyone identified me as the favourite.”
Italy’s Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) won the bunch sprint for third ahead of Alexis Vuillermoz (Ag2r La Mondiale). Pinot, who launched the decisive move and rode solo for much of the final 20km, finished fifth.
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Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and shows Jan Bakelants’ bike after the Belgian crashed into a ravine during Saturday’s Il Lombardia.