Race report

Romain Bardet 8th at the end of an attacking Il Lombardia

Il Lombardia

Romain Bardet crossed the line in eighth at the end of a hard fought, attacking edition of Il Lombardia, the final Monument of the season in Italy. Team DSM raced from the front all day with Chris Hamilton making the day’s break earlier in the race.

Hamilton was one of 10 riders to go clear early in the day, with the break building an advantage of six minutes 25 seconds at its highest before the peloton started to peg them back. Attacks commenced with 85 to go in the hills with Team DSM covering the moves, firstly with Michael Storer, then Tiesj Benoot and Bardet himself in a strong move that was brought back after a short lived advantage.

With 68 kilometres to go, after the flurry of attacks, the gap was down to just 30 seconds and it was soon all over as a much reduced front peloton made contact with the break.

The attacking continued and two riders formed at the front of the race in the closing stages with Bardet making the chase group of eight riders which sat at 45 seconds all the way to the finish. Despite going all in to break clear on his own, Bardet was brought back and finished in the group at the finish.

Looking back at the day, Bardet commented: “I really enjoyed the last race of the season with the team. They did a great job and I was in a perfect position at the bottom of each climb. I was really hoping to get on the podium as a reward for the team and it came close, but the last kilometre in the downhill didn’t go as I hoped, but overall we can be satisfied with the ride today.”

Team DSM Coach Luke Roberts added: “Today’s Lombardia was on a new parcours and a very difficult one with around 4,500 metres of climbing. Our goal was to try to be a step ahead of the race and be aggressive with the guys. We started out with Chris in a handy group of 10 after a bit of a fight and they built a gap of over six minutes. 

“The peloton picked the pace up quite early to keep them under control then it came back together in the pre-final and we still had quite a few guys to both cover the attacks and position Romain. The guys went with moves but eventually it was back together heading into the final climb. They put Romain into position and kept the pace up but the favourites went clear over the top. 

“Romain tried everything he could but unfortunately the result was not quite what the boys deserved despite a good eighth place from Romain. We can be satisfied with the performance though.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates 6:01:39 500
2 MASNADA Fausto Deceuninck - Quick Step ,, 400
3 YATES Adam INEOS Grenadiers 0:51 325
8 BARDET Romain Team DSM ,, 125
25 STORER Michael Team DSM 3:33 20
29 BENOOT Tiesj Team DSM 5:22 20
64 HAMILTON Chris Team DSM 11:09 -
88 ARENSMAN Thymen Team DSM 21:38 -
89 DONOVAN Mark Team DSM ,, -
107 LEKNESSUND Andreas Team DSM 28:37 -