Il Lombardia - Fausto Masnada: Julian told me to try something if I had the legs
Oct 10 2021 02:01 am CET

Il Lombardia - Fausto Masnada: Julian told me to try something if I had the legs
Il Lombardia - Fausto Masnada: Julian told me to try something if I had the legs
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Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Fausto Masnada has taken the second position on the final podium at Il Lombardia, crossing the finish line just behind Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates).

The Italian was in the chasing group after the winner of the 2021 Tour de France attacked with 35 kilometres to go. Moments later, he also tried his luck and went on to chase him, being successful on the last difficult descent of the day.

Knowing the group behind included his teammate and World Champion, Julian Alaphilippe, Masnada played it safe and remained at the wheel of the Slovenian for most of the last stretch, but he wasn't successful at the final sprint and had to settle with the second position. He is the first rider from Bergamo to finish in the top three of the Monument in 22 years, an edition that finished in the city and that allowed him to enjoy the support of his fellow locals.

"I am happy, it’s my first Monument podium, and taking it in my hometown makes everything even more special," said Masnada. "I know second is not a victory, but it sure feels as one, as I got outsprinted by one of the best riders in the world, who was impossible to beat today. During the race, I talked with Julian, and he told me to try something if I felt that I had the legs, so I went full gas after Passo di Ganda, with my confidence boosted by the fact I knew the downhill and those roads. This season hasn’t been one of my best, with several injuries that made me miss a lot of races, so to finish it like this is amazing.

"It was the first time that I did the Colle Aperto in a race, and the atmosphere created there by these superb fans is something that will forever stay with me. It gives me goosebumps just to think about it. This place on the podium is for them and for the entire city of Bergamo, which has been hit so hard during the pandemic. I will never forget this incredible day."






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