In a day of torrential downpours Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) secured his place in the history books as the first Spaniard to win the Giro di Lombardia 2012, with a beautiful solo victory ahead of Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky).

Giro di Lombardia 2012
Joaquim Rodriguez ends his season with a bang.

The wet weather played a significant role on the day, particularly as the riders negotiated the soaking and glassy, deisel-splashed descents, with several of them taking a tumble, most notably new World Road Champion Philippe GIlbert (BMC) who subsequently abandoned.

We didn’t manage to attend the race ourselves this year, but our pal Dave Martin (theBicycleWorks.com) did, and he has kindly shared his photos with us.

Result - Giro di Lombardia 2012

Full Result

1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 6:36:27
2 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 0:00:09
3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling
4 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team
5 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling
6 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin – Sharp
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
8 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan
9 Albert Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank
10 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team
11 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
12 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
13 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre – ISD 0:00:35
14 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:57
15 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
16 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin – Sharp 0:01:23
17 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:01:25
18 Jean Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
19 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Farnese Vini – Selle Italia
20 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
21 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia – Coldeportes
22 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team
23 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli
24 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone
25 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre – ISD
26 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:30
27 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
28 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:50
29 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:10
30 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:02:14
31 Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan 0:02:26
32 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 0:02:38
33 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:00
34 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:03
35 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team
36 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 0:04:07
37 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling
38 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team
39 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:04:09
40 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre – ISD 0:05:06
41 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre – ISD
42 Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank 0:07:29
43 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank
44 Sergio Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank
45 Chris Anker Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank
46 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank
47 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team 0:10:14
48 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini – Selle Italia
49 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team
50 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
51 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team 0:11:23
52 Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) Utensilnord Named 0:13:11
53 George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan 0:20:03
54 Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi

Giro di Lombardia 2012 Photo Gallery