Bauke Mollema says rivals may have underestimated him, which helped secure Il Lombardia victory

The Dutchman timed his attack well and held off the group of favourites to win his first Monument win

Bauke Mollema at Il Lombardia 2019 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Bauke Mollema says that his rivals underestimating him may have helped him secure his first Monument, after taking Il Lombardia following an 18km solo ride to the finish line.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Pierre Latour (Ag2r La Mondiale) had launched big attacks to soften the group of favourites before Mollema slipped off the front and quickly opened up an advantage.

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