Dan Martin went on the attack and put all of his fight towards the podium in Il Lombardia, won by Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) ahead of Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) today in Como.
He managed it well over Colle Gallo, Ghisallo and the steep Muro di Sormano. The Emirates’s Irish cyclist tried several times on the Civiglio and Monte Olimpino climbs to break the group chasing behind the two leaders Pinot-Nibali. His fight, however, did not allow for a podium spot. Martin, instead, crossed the line lakeside in Como with seven other riders and closed the Italian Monument ninth.
“From the start of the race, I felt great and on the Ghisallo and Muro di Sormano, I continued having that feeling,” Martin (photo Bettini) said “When we were chasing, I gave it all just get that third podium spot. In a race like the one today, it’s right to aim as high as possible, so I risked all I could – all or nothing.
I’m pleased all the same with my great condition, and it was a nice way to end the season“.