Joaquim Rodríguez of Katusha Team won Il Lombardia 2012, the 106th edition of the race, under heavy rain. He became the first Spaniard to win the Italian monumental classic. Samuel Sanchez of Euskaltel-Euskadi finished in second, while Rigoberto Uran of Team Sky finished in third.

Rodriguez attacked on the last climb, Villa Vergano, and retained his lead down to the finish line. He celebrated his victory by throwing his bottle in the air while crossing the line.

Joaquim Rodríguez wins Il Lombardia 2012
Joaquim Rodríguez of Katusha Team won Il Lombardia 2012 (formerly known as the “Giro di Lombardia”). It was an unlucky year for the Spaniard that full of near-misses (for example, Vuelta a España, where he was leading the race and looking really strong, but lost the race to Alberto Contador after a surprise solo attack by “El Pistolero” at the seventeenth stage). Rodríguez celebrated his victory (and breaking the bad luck of the 2012 season) by throwing his bottle in the air.

After the race, Contador and Sanchez both approached Rodriguez and congratulated the winner with giving him a pat on the back.

The weather played a major role, with rain and fog making for dangerous situations. The descents were especially dangerous and newly crowned world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) was only one of many who crashed and had to abandon.

 Felice Gimondi, 2012 Il Lombardia
This year, the race started in Bergamo, to celebrate legendary Italian cyclist Felice Gimondi’s 70th birthday. Felice Gimondi, born near Bergamo, one of only five cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours – and, with Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx, one of only three to have also taken the rainbow jersey – has become the second man to be inducted into the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame. Gimondi followed his great rival Eddy Merckx in receiving honor from the race organizers RCS Sport.
Il Lombardia 2012 Full Race (HD)

Il Lombardia 2012 full results

There are 54 classified finishers.

Rider, Country, Team, Time

  1. Joaquim Rodríguez Oliver, Spain, Katusha Team, 6:36:27
  2. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez, Spain, Euskaltel-Euskadi, 0:00:09
  3. Rigoberto Uran Uran, Colombia, Sky Procycling
  4. Mauro Santambrogio, Italy, BMC Racing Team
  5. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya, Colombia, Sky Procycling
  6. Ryder Hesjedal, Canada, Garmin-Sharp
  7. Bauke Mollema, Netherlands, Rabobank Cycling Team
  8. Oliver Zaugg, Switzerland, Radioshack-Nissan
  9. Alberto Contador Velasco, Spain, Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank
  10. Fredrik Kessiakoff, Sweden, Astana Pro Team
  11. Nairo Alex Quintana Rojas, Colombia, Movistar Team
  12. Franco Pellizotti, Italy, Androni Giocattoli
  13. Damiano Cunego, Italy, Lampre-ISD, 0:00:35
  14. Alexandr Kolobnev, Russian Federation, Katusha Team, 0:00:57
  15. Simon Clarke, Australia, Orica GreenEdge
  16. Daniel Martin, Ireland, Garmin-Sharp, 0:01:23
  17. Greg Van Avermaet, Belgium, BMC Racing Team, 0:01:25
  18. Jean Christophe Peraud, France, AG2R La Mondiale
  19. Matteo Rabottini, Italy, Farnese Vini-Selle Italia
  20. Danilo Di Luca, Italy, Acqua & Sapone
  21. Fabio Andrés Duarte Arevalo, Colombia, Colombia-Coldeportes
  22. Tomasz Marczynski, Poland, Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team
  23. Miguel An Rubiano Chavez, Colombia, Androni Giocattoli
  24. Carlos A. Betancur Gomez, Colombia, Acqua & Sapone
  25. Winner Anacona Gomez, Colombia, Lampre-ISD
  26. Vincenzo Nibali, Italy, Liquigas-Cannondale, 0:01:30
  27. Gorka Verdugo Markotegui, Spain, Euskaltel-Euskadi
  28. Ivan Basso, Italy, Liquigas-Cannondale, 0:01:50
  29. Romain Bardet, France, AG2R La Mondiale, 0:02:10
  30. Dario Cataldo, Italy, Omega Pharma-Quickstep, 0:02:14
  31. Jan Bakelandts, Belgium, Radioshack-Nissan, 0:02:26
  32. Mikel Nieve Ituralde, Spain, Euskaltel-Euskadi, 0:02:38
  33. Paolo Tiralongo, Italy, Astana Pro Team, 0:03:00
  34. Rinaldo Nocentini, Italy, AG2R La Mondiale, 0:03:03
  35. Marco Marcato, Italy, Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team
  36. Igor Anton Hernandez, Spain, Euskaltel-Euskadi, 0:04:07
  37. Lars Petter Nordhaug, Norway, Sky Procycling
  38. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa, Portugal, Movistar Team
  39. Laurens Ten Dam, Netherlands, Rabobank Cycling Team, 0:04:09
  40. Manuele Mori, Italy, Lampre-ISD, 0:05:06
  41. Diego Ulissi, Italy, Lampre-ISD
  42. Bruno Pires, Portugal, Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank, 0:07:29
  43. Nicki Sorensen, Denmark, Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank
  44. Sergio Moreira Paulinho, Portugal, Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank
  45. Chris Anker Sorensen, Denmark, Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank
  46. Matteo Tosatto, Italy, Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank
  47. Johnny Hoogerland, Netherlands, Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team, 0:10:14
  48. Leonardo Giordani, Italy, Farnese Vini-Selle Italia
  49. Daniel Moreno Fernandez, Spain, Katusha Team
  50. Tim Wellens, Belgium, Lotto Belisol Team
  51. Alberto Losada Alguacil, Spain, Katusha Team, 0:11:23
  52. Gabriele Bosisio, Italy, Utensilnord Named, 0:13:11
  53. George Bennett, New Zealand, Radioshack-Nissan, 0:20:03
  54. Peio Bilbao, Spain, Euskaltel-Euskadi

Sources

  • 2012 Giro di Lombardia on Wikipedia
  • “Italian legend Felice Gimondi inducted into Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame” on road.cc

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