mano a mano... Belgian style!
Classic monster, Philippe Gilbert, took control over a decimated field to repeat as deserved winner of the Tour of Lombardy. Great race to the hard men, only the tough stayed involved, 34 out of 195 riders finishing the torture. Gilbert was amazing looking fresh in the the cold, soggy conditions. It looked more like a old time Belgium classic race, on the final climb of San Fermo, he powered away from an on form Michele Scarponi to win his second Lombardy.
Scarponi summed it up best, "Second is still an excellent result. I was beaten by a true champion who was born to ride and win the classics."