Tadej Pogačar seen from behind as he wins Il Lombardia with one finger pointed skyward.

Pogačar takes third consecutive Il Lombardia title after 30 kilometres solo

Not even a late cramp could stop Tadej Pogačar from taking his fifth Monument win, his second of 2023 after the Tour of Flanders.

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) wins Il Lombardia. Photo © Cor Vos

Kit Nicholson
by Kit Nicholson 07.10.2023 Photography by
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There were many more besides ‘the big three’ in contention for the 2023 Il Lombardia, but Tadej Pogačar was too good for the lot of them. The Slovenian national champion made a move on the penultimate climb – the Passo di Ganda, where he snagged the Strava KOM a short while ago – but it was on the descent that he made his winning attack, riding away from the Primož Roglic-led elite chase group with a little over 30 km to go. Pogačar arrived in Bergamo solo to take his third consecutive victory, as Andrea Bagioli (Soudal Quick-Step) and Roglič completed the podium.

Take a good look, lads. That’s the last you’ll see of Pogačar before the finish.
A crafty attack from Pogačar, just as his main rival Roglič regains contact.

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Social highlights

Il Lombardia was the last race of Thibaut Pinot’s career, and the organisers of the race he won in 2018 marked the occasion with a thoughtful gift.

The beloved Frenchman had a huge cohort of fans at his last race.

The Soudal Quick-Step bus looked like a happy place in Como, the team undoubtedly relieved that their future is no longer in doubt (at time of writing). That said, the rumours still circle Evenepoel who said cryptically “I am focusing on the race first, you will see the rest next week” in answer to questions over his future at the start. The drama is not over yet …

Cillian Kelly was, as ever, ready with the stats pre-race …

And he did.

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