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84th Giro di Lombardia 1990 (Italy)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

The Helvetia Plan

The 1990 Giro di Lombardia feature a course change.  The start and finish were move to Monza.  Home town hero and World Cup leader Gianni Bugno was the heavy favorite for the win.

Robert Millar of the Z-team lead over the Madonna di Ghisalio as the peloton began to dwindle.  The final selection came on the Valico di Valcava.  Charly Mottet’s pace on the incredible steep section of the climb split the pack and formed a five rider breakaway. 

Charly Mottet and Helvetia’s Giles Delion were the strongest in the breakaway.  The group held a 3 minute lead with 30 kms to go.  Helvetia with Delion the strongest rider in the group and a teammate in sprinter Pascal Richard began planning the finishing strategy.

When the race hit the 8 kms to go banner Helvetia’s director sportif Paul Koechli wanted Delion to attack in the final kilometer to tire the pack for Richard.  But it was Richard who attacked not Delion.  Predictably Mottet chased down the Swiss with the others on his wheel. 

24 year old Giles Delion (Fra) jumped out of Richard’s slipstream with 40 meters to the finish line to score the biggest win of his career.

GdL October 20, 1990
246 Km, Milan-Monza

1. Gilles DELION (Fra) 6h11’45”

2. Pascal Richard (Sui)

3. Charly Mottet (Fra)

Starters: 208
Finishers: 83
Average Speed: 39.704 km/h

 

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