Joaquin Rodriguez finishes as No. 1
LECCO, Italy -- Joaquin Rodriguez won the Giro di Lombardia with a late solo breakaway in the rain Saturday to end the season at the top of the UCI rankings.
The Katusha rider attacked on the Villa Vergano climb with 6.2 miles to go and became the first Spaniard to win the single-day classic.
Rodriguez clocked 6 hours, 36 minutes, 27 seconds in the grueling 156-mile race from Bergamo to Lecco along the shores of Lake Como. Fellow Spaniard Samuel Sanchez of Euskaltel finished second, nine seconds behind. Rigoberto Uran Uran of Colombia crossed third, also nine seconds back.
It marked the 10th win of the season for Rodriguez, who finished second in the Giro d'Italia and third in the Spanish Vuelta.
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