After last weeks disappointment at the World Championships, Katusha Team’s Joaquim Rodriguez earned an incredible second consecutive win in the 107th edition of the Italian fall classic “Il Lombardia”. Riding his Canyon Aeroad CF 9.0 Katusha Team bike, Purito Rodriguez came home 17” ahead of runner-up Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) with Rafa Majka (Saxo Tinkoff) in 3rd. With his brilliant win, Joaquim Rodriguez passed Chris Froome (Sky) as the leader of the UCI World Tour Individual Ranking and now has 607 point to Froome’s 587 points.
Post race, Purito Rodriguez explained “Honestly I think this was a spectacular victory. ‘Il Lombardia’ is one of the most important races of the season, so I was very motivated and I wanted to repeat my 2012 victory. I felt great today, so I attacked in the same place where I attacked last year: I was the favorite rider, I think everybody knew that was my strategy and waited for my move, but nobody could follow me.
So this incredible solo victory makes me really proud, also because now I’m 1st in the UCI World Tour Individual Ranking, something I really care about. Winning the UCI World Tour Individual Ranking proves I had great results all season long and once again I was the most consistent rider this season. I want to thank my Katusha Team teammates: they worked hard all day in order to keep the race under control.”