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.
|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||-|