Tadej Pogačar seals Lombardy hat-trick: 'I enjoyed the last few kilometres, even though it was so, so painful'

Tadej Pogačar emulates Italian legend Fausto Coppi with third successive Il Lombardia victory

Tadej Pogačar celebrates victory in Bergamo
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Two-time defending champion Tadej Pogačar fought off his rivals and a late dose of leg cramp to emulate the great Fausto Coppi by securing a hat-trick of victories in Il Lombardia, the UAE Team Emirates leader soloing home after making his move on the descent of the Passo di Ganda 30 kilometres from the finish.

The Slovenian finished 51 seconds head of a seven-rider group that was led in by Andrea Bagioli (Soudal-QuickStep), who edged out Primož Roglič, making his final appearance in Jumbo-Visma colours, with Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) in fourth. Britain’s Simon Yates (Jayco-AlUla) and Adam Yates finished fifth and sixth, respectively, the latter playing a critical role in his UAE leader’s victory.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.