16 August 2020
Oltre XR4 grazes another Monument at Il Lombardia
George Bennett nearly sealed another Monument win for Oltre XR4 after Milano-Sanremo, ending second after battling till the end in an extremely exacting edition of the Classic sponsored by Bianchi.
George Bennett placed second at 114th Il Lombardia, 231 km with start from Bergamo and finish in Como on Saturday 15th August, 2020. After the Gran Piemonte’s victory that highlighted his great shape, the New Zealander of Team Jumbo-Visma played a leading role in the quest of success. Riding his Oltre XR4, Bennett tried an attack on the last San Fermo della Battaglia climb, being the final rival toward success for eventual winner Jakob Fuglsang. Bennett came home 31 seconds after Fuglsang, claiming his first ever Monument podium.
After the victory of Strade Bianche and Milano-Sanremo by Wout Van Aert, Bianchi achieved another prestigious result in this special edition of the Fallen leaves Classic, even more significant after the severe times that affected the company’s home area last spring, and the first to be sponsored by the Italian brand.
After the impressive winning streak of the last few days, Oltre XR4 keeps confirming itself as arguably the fastest bike in World cycling, in every racing condition. Thanks to Bianchi CV system that used a unique composite material integrated in high-performance carbon frames and forks, the 80% of roads vibrations were cancelled, guaranteeing advantages for the rider as more control, less muscle fatigue and more energy.