Il Lombardia - Bauke Mollema: It's very special to win a Monument
Oct 13 2019 02:29 am CET

Il Lombardia - Bauke Mollema: It's very special to win a Monument
Il Lombardia - Bauke Mollema: It's very special to win a Monument

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) won his first monument in Italy at Il Lombardia.

The Dutch rider launched a strong attack on the penultimate climb of the day and none of the other favourites could follow or catch him. Mollema was not only strong in the climb but was also skilful in the descents, where he managed to create a gap big enough to take the victory of the race by himself.

"I was not one of the favourites for this race, but I have been feeling good the last two weeks, and just waiting for my moment, and luckily it was today," said Mollema. "It's very special to win a Monument, this is my first, I have never been close in my 16 years and 11th year in Lombardy, and now to win? Yeah, it's really special.

"It was planned to be aggressive today again. The whole week in the Italian classics we were riding well already and didn't win, but we were always in front in Emilia, Beghelli, Tre Valli and also Milan-Torino, so the motivation was really good in the team. We have a lot of good climbers for this race, and today it finally paid off with the win."

Mollema -who has a palmares with a victory in the Clasica San Sebastian and one stage in the 2017 Tour de France- follow the attacks of the other favourites and timed his attack perfectly to take his first victory in a Monument.

"It all came down to the Civiglio, and luckily I felt good and could attack," continued Mollema. "I knew I had to go because when they were attacking, they were more explosive than me, so when they slowed down, I knew it was my moment to go.

"And when I knew I had 20 seconds, I knew I had a good chance; I knew the downhill really well and knew they were not going faster than me there. The last 10k was just full gas all the time. To win this race is unbelievable. I have felt good the whole week, and the team also has been riding well. Winning at the Tour de France was also very special, but winning a Monument – yeah, I can't believe it. It's amazing."



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