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90th Giro di Lombardia 1996 (Italy)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian




Tafi’s Late Surge

Italian Andrea Tafi came to the 90th edition of the Giro di Lombardia to support Mapei-GB teammate Johan Museeuw’s bid to win the 1996 World Cup.

Most of the race was dominated by Michael Andersson (Swe), who broke away early and led the race for 170 kms. He was caught by an elite chase group of 10 riders including elite riders Laurent Jalabert, Daniele Nardello, Davide Rebellin and Gianni Bugno. A regrouping occurred at the front of the race.
The leaders rode together cautiously until Tafi surged on the Colle del Gallo on the outskirts Bergamo and went over the summit alone. The attack left Fabian Jeker (Sui) and Belgian Axel Merckx over two minutes behind.

He was flying over the last two kilometers and crossed the finish line 2’19” ahead of the remainder of the breakaway.

Andrea Tafi

SPECIAL NOTE: Teammate Johan Museeuw finished 13th over 12 minutes behind. His World Cup bid would need to wait until the final race in Japan to secure the victory.

GdL October 19, 1996
250 Km, Varese-Bergamo

1. Andrea TAFI (Ita) 5h51’46”

2. Fabian Jeker (Sui) +2’19”

3. Axel Merckx (Bel) +2’22”

Starters: 176
Finishers: 48
Average Speed: 42.642 km/h

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