Nibali wins Il Lombardia

Moreno takes second place in Como, Pinot third

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) set out is intentions for Il Lombardia early on when he went to recon the final 100 kilometres of the route and he used that experience to take an impressive solo victory in Como on Sunday. Daniel Moreno (Katusha) put in a valiant chase but couldn’t match the descending skills of the Italian and took second place. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) came home in third to complete the podium. It was Nibali's first Monument victory of his career.

“I’ve always wanted to win a race of this stature and of this kind and it was my time to win it,” Nibali said at the finish. “To win a Monument you also have to be lucky. It has been a great day.”

Nibali had looked strong throughout the day, even taking to the front of the bunch on the formidable Muro di Sormano. Astana had strength in numbers too, driving the pace and shedding some serious rivals in the process. Nibali still had Diego Rosa for company when it came to the two crucial, final, climbs and the pair worked together to put their rivals under pressure.

It wasn’t until near the top of the Civiglio that Nibali threw a move up the middle of a seven-man group. He pulled out a fair advantage but he really made the difference on the twisting descent, as he pushed the limits of the road. After the hair-raising ride down the other side, the Italian had 40 seconds as the chasers behind struggled to mount a proper challenge.

Rosa helped his elder teammate out, running down anyone who did dare to try and chase him down. Moreno helped to bring back plenty of moves and it even looked like he was working for fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). There was no doubt about his intentions when he brought back a move by Pinot with six kilometres to go. Another kick on the tougher slopes of the San Fermo della Battaglia saw him shed the Frenchman.

At one point it seemed like only a matter of time that he would close down Nibali but the Italian’s superior descending skills proved vital once again and he had enough time to celebrate in the final 300 metres.

How it happened

The 198-strong peloton lined up under cloudy skies and rain at the start in Bergamo and many decided to remain in their team bus until as close to the start as possible. They did eventually set off at just after 10:30 local time to tackle the 245-kilometre course. It was a quick start to the day with several riders attempting to escape early on.

A number of groups were successful, eventually forming the 11-man move that would spend most of the day out front. The lucky riders who got away were: Stefan Schumacher (CCC Sprandi), Enrico Barbin (Badiani CSF), Jan Polanc (Lampre-Merida), Matteo Busato (Southeast), Dennis Van Winden (LottoNL-Jumbo), Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin), Pier Paolo de Negri (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Marco Canola (UnitedHealthcare), Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Argon 18), Jerome Coppel (IAM Cycling) and Oscar Gatto (Androni Giocattoli).

Their gap quickly grew to a maximum of over eight minutes, with the peloton happy to take it a little easier. The pace did slow but, as the rain cleared, they still motored along a touch quicker than the fastest predicted time schedule. Astana had been bullish before the race and they lived up to their promise by controlling the peloton for almost the whole day, with a little help from Movistar and Team Sky.

As the race reached the halfway point, the 11 escapees saw their gap begin to disappear before their eyes. By the time they neared the bottom of the Madonna di Ghisallo, it was just a tiny 2:30 that separated them from the pack behind.

It had been a fairly placid affair until now but when the riders hit the Ghisallo all bets were off and the attacks started to come in. Up front, Benedetti and Canola distanced their tired companions, while Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep) and six others set off in chase. Kwiatkowski was joined in his endeavours by Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Tom Jelte Slagter (Cannondale-Garmin), Matteo Trentin, Carlos Verona, Lukasz Wisniowski (Etixx-QuickStep), Jon Izagirre (Movistar), Robert Gesink, Timo Roosen (Lotto NL-Jumbo), Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing).

Once the Ghisallo was dispatched with, the formidable Muro di Sormano was next in their sights. The punishing climb saw the riders almost grind to a halt as the 1,900 metres ticked by slowly. Kwiatkowski and Wellens emerged from the chasing group and eased passed Benedetti and Canola. Kwiatkowski looked the most comfortable of the two and pulled out a small gap, forcing Wellens to work hard to chase him down.

Astana continued to pile on the power behind, reducing the bunch to less than 20 riders by the top of the Sormano. While some were able to get back on, key riders such as Philippe Gilbert (BMC) and Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) were dropped and distanced. Gilbert tried to reel them back in but it came to nothing.

The twisting descent of the Sormano made for some heart-stopping watching but it didn’t faze Astana that began taking chunks out of the fragile lead of Kwiatkowski and Wellens. The bottom of the Civiglio spelled the end of their day and despite a last ditch attempt from Kwiatkowski, he was no match for the Astana team.

Astana, as they had been doing all day, put men on the front and burned off yet more riders until we were left with just seven out front. As the last rider pulled off, Nibali made his first of many attacks. His teammate Rosa was distanced briefly but came back when Team Sky’s Sergio Henao put in the work to bring himself back into contention.

Pinot, Rosa and Mikel Nieve were the main protagonists on the penultimate climb but nobody could snap the elastic. It took Nibali’s move with 17 kilometres remaining to finally do it and once he’d gone there was nobody who could touch him as he stormed to his first Monument victory.


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team6:16:28 
2Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:21 
3Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:32 
4Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:46 
5Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
6Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky  
7Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:00:56 
8Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge  
9Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky  
10Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:10 
11Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:06 
12Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:04:10 
13Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:04:23 
14Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
15Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
16Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step  
17Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:25 
18Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge  
19Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:58 
20Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin  
21Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:25 
22Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:05:44 
23Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
24Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
25Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
26Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step  
27Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky0:05:50 
28Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team0:06:01 
29Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:06:21 
30Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:06:26 
31Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:07:02 
32Matteo Busato (Ita) Southeast  
33Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
34Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Southeast0:08:37 
35George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:08:55 
36Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
37Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
38Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
39Simone Ponzi (Ita) Southeast  
40Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
41Steve Morabito (Swi)  
42Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia0:09:35 
43Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
44Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
45Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida  
47Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
48Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
49Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
50Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
51Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:09:36 
52Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
53Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step0:09:41 
54Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
55Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
56Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:11:58 
57Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:14:59 
58Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:15:01 
59Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
60Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky  
61Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
62Kenny Elissonde (Fra)  
63Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
64Mauro Finetto (Ita) Southeast  
65Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
66Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
67Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
68Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
69Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo  
70Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
71Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
72Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky  
73Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:15:06 
74Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:17:22 
75Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
76Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge0:19:49 
77Stefan Schumacher (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
78Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
79Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling  
80Sylwester Szmyd (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
81Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
82Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
83Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
84Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
85Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
86Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
87Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre-Merida  
88Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge  
89Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:19:51 
90Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
91Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
92Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
93Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
94Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia  
95Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
96Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
97Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha  
98Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:19:52 
99Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:23:12 
DNFJasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
DNFDidier Alonso Chaparro Lopez (Col) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFEduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGenki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFJohannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFChad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFTobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFLuka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFBertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFBruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFDaniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFJoseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFSonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFAlan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFDamiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
DNFPeter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team  
DNFJan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFCristiano Salerno (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFJorge Camilo Castiblanco Cubides (Col) Colombia  
DNFDaniel Martínez (Col) Colombia  
DNFMichele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFTom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFMoreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFAlessandro Malaguti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFSamuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) BMC Racing Team  
DNFMatteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFKristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida  
DNFManuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFAndrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
DNFSamuele Conti (Ita) Southeast  
DNFKiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFJesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFJesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFRobert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFPawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFJulian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFLaurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFYaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFAlessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFJanez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFMarco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFLucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFTanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFFederico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFHubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMarco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFSimone Stortoni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFAlberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFMiguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team  
DNFFrancesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFLuca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFStefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFSimone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFJosé Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFPaul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFJan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFLeszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFAlex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia  
DNFFabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
DNFRamirez Chacon Brayan Stiven (Col) Colombia  
DNFMatteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFZdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFLukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFAlexandre Geniez (Fra)  
DNFArnold Jeannesson (Fra)  
DNFAnthony Roux (Fra)  
DNFJérémy Roy (Fra)  
DNFArthur Vichot (Fra)  
DNFTiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFLouis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFJon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFMarc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFAlessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFSimon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFMichael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFDamien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFManuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast  
DNFLuca Wackermann (Ita) Southeast  
DNFLawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha  
DNFAlberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha  
DNFAngel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha  
DNFIlnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFSteven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFIan Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
DNFVasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
DNFDaniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFJerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
DNFStefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling  
DNFClement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling  
DNFMathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling  
DNFJarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling  
DNFLawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling  
DNSSerghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli  
DNSAndrea Fedi (Ita) Southeast  

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