Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) won his first Monument
Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) won his first Monument at the age of 32 as he soloed to victory in Il Lombardia NamedSport after a well-timed attack with 18.5km to go on the Civiglio climb. He fended off the return of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) and Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) who rounded out the podium.
1 – Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo) – 243km in 5h52’59”, average speed 41.305 km/h
2 – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 16″
3 – Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) at 16″
4 – Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) at 16″
5 – Michael Woods (EF Education First) at 34″
Bauke Mollema took the fourth Dutch victory in the history of Il Lombardia after Jo de Roo in 1962 and 1963 and Hennie Kuiper in 1981.
Bauke Mollema is the ninth oldest winner of Il Lombardia at the age of 32 years and 320 days, preceding Kuiper who won at 32 years and 256 days. Tano Belloni his the oldest, having won in 1928 at 36 years and 69 days.
Alejandro Valverde is the oldest podium finisher at 39. Previous record was held by Franco Bitossi who was 37 years old in 1977. Besides Valverde and Bitossi, only Fausto Coppi made the podium aged 37 or older, when he came second in his last Il Lombardia in 1956.
To find a podium finisher younger than Bernal, 22, we have to go back to 2008 with another Colombian, Rigoberto Uran, who came third, aged 21.