Esteban Chaves wins 2016 Il Lombardia in breakaway sprint finish

The Colombian took his first career Monument victory and became the first rider from his nation to win the Italian Classic - Photos by Graham Watson

(Image credit: Watson)

Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) capped off a stellar 2016 with a thrilling victory at Il Lombardia.

The 26-year-old became the first Colombian to win the Italian Classic, and took his first career Monument victory, beating Italian Diego Rosa (Astana) and compatriot Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) in a sprint finish to the line.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).