When Jacob Fuglsang on Saturday afternoon in lonely majesty crossed the finish line in Como as the 114. the winner of the Lombardy Around, it was after a perfect day in the saddle.
in Fact, so perfect, that when it is in the final, it was clear that victory was to be found after a duel between him and the Jumbo-Visma-rider George Bennett, was the Danish Astana-the captain no doubt about the outcome:
I knew how to set good, that I would be faster than George in a sprint, so my goal was just to be by him. But when he attacks, I decided to increase the pace and overtake him, and luckily I was able to turn the hole to him, says Jakob Fuglsang.
Lombardy is one of cycling's five monuments - the most prestigious and oldest classics. Them have Fuglsang now two wins in after last year's win in Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
- I'm super glad that I could profit from my good form at the beginning of this new part of the season. I knew that I would have a good chance today, and we had a super strong team.
- But it is never easy to win. You need luck, you need to be in the right place at the right moment, and you have to have the right day. I'm just super happy that I can add a new monument to my winning streak. It is amazing.
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On the last 50 of a total of 231 miles got Fuglsang good support of his young Russian teammate Alexandr Vlasov, who ended up having to take podiets last step after George Bennett.
" It was very important that we were two man promotion. Vlasov did a fantastic job for me, and he emptied himself in order to keep the Trek-the riders (Bauke Mollema and Gioloio dick tracy, red.) behind us, says Jakob Fuglsang.
It was expected that the 20-year-old Remco Evenepoel would be Fuglsangs worst rival for the victory. But the Deceuninck-QuickStep rider was dropped after being run out of a bridge and fallen several metres down into the gorge.
Fuglsang knew well that the young belgian was the crash - but not that it was so bad.
- I have just seen clips from the race and saw that he was not following us after the bridge. I heard that he was cast, but I actually thought that he was still in the race.
- I hope that he is okay. It is not a way you want someone to join in, says Jakob Fuglsang.
Recent news from Belgium is that Remco Evenepoel after the fall was conscious, and that he had pain in his right side. X-rays have revealed that he has suffered a fracture of the pelvis and, therefore, is out the rest of the season after his dramatic crash.
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