Chaves wins WorldTour finale Il Lombardia

Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) made history, giving Colombia its first victory in the history of Il Lombardia, as he prevailed in a tactical finale over breakaway companions Diego Rosa (Astana) and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac).

Rosa was distanced on the Bergamo Alta climb in the final five kilometres, along with Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), but while the Frenchman could not manage to rejoin, Rosa fought his way back to Chaves and Uran as the two Colombians watched each other.

Rosa put in a probing attack in the final kilometer that was marked by Chaves, and then attempted to surprise with an attack out of the final turn in a bid for glory.

But it was not meant to be for the Italian, who ran out of steam and was passed by the diminutive Chaves just before the line.

The victory was a significant one for Chaves, as the first Monument of his career, the first one-day WorldTour victory and as the first rider from outside of Europe to win Il Lombardia.

"It's unbelievable - I can’t believe I’ve won Lombardia," Chaves said. "I turned pro here in Lombardy with Coldeportes, I lived in Bergamo for two years, and now I’ve won this race. It’s really special, I want to say thank you very much to everyone at Orica-BikeExchange. I'm really happy and feel really proud of my team."

Chaves had an outstanding season, coming second overall in the Giro d'Italia and third in the Vuelta a España. This late in the season, the 241km distance meant everyone was fatigued, leaving the top climbers at an advantage.

"It was really hard, close to 5000 metres [of climbing], but I'm really happy. To finish the season with this victory is unbelievable."

Chaves escaped with Uran and Bardet - with Rosa later bridging across - on the Selvino ascent, some 35km before the finish, and the quartet worked well together to hold off an elite chasing group, arriving at the final climb, the short but sharp Bergamo Alta, with an advantage of 1:30. The climb crested with 3.1km to go, and Chaves split the breakaway with a surge near the top.

"I tried to make a difference after the cobbles – I knew the last climb – but I arrived with Rigoberto and then Rosa closed the gap. The important thing was staying calm. I tried and I won."

Rosa came into the race as co-leader with Astana teammate Fabio Aru, and did a load of work for his teammate ahead of the Selvino to reel in attacks. When he got the nod to go up the road as the strongest Astana man, and made it up to leading trio, he was confident he could win. After a scrappy chase-back after Bergamo Alta, he went early and just mis-timed his effort in the sprint.

"Sorry for the final," Rosa said to his team, which he is set to leave at the end of this season, "because I think today was my day, but ok, next year.

"For me it was important to have a good finish to the season with Astana, and to finish with a win in Lombardia would have been the best, but second is good."

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How it happened

The riders looked worriedly at the heavy grey clouds hugging the hills above Como as they signed on at the start of the race. Overnight rain had left the fallen leaves and roads wet and everyone was hoping to stay dry and stay safe during the 241km of climbing and descending that made up the 2016 Il Lombardia.

BMC was the last team to sign on and the flag dropped on schedule, catching out several riders who had to dash from the start area to catch up to the peloton. These included Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), with Robert Power (Orica-Bike Exchange) the last to leave. Unfortunately he struggled to fight his way through the crowds in the centre of Como and never made it to the peloton.

Bardiani-CSF's Sonny Colbrelli was one of the first to attack in his final race with the Italian team before joining Bahrain-Merida in 2017. Zdenek Stybar chased after him but both were soon pulled back. The peloton stayed together for the first hour and until the foot of the Ghisallo – the first of the eight major climbs of the race. It as here as the gradient steepened that Damiano Caruso (BMC), Stefan Denifl (IAM), Mickael Cherel (AG2R La Mondiale) and Rudy Molard (Cofidis) jumped away to form the early break of the day. Denifl lead the move over the top and past the Madonna di Ghisallo cyclist's chapel, as the bells rang out in welcome. The peloton was four minutes behind.

Cannondale-Drapac and Astana did the lion's share of the work leading the chase. Davide Formolo climbed off at the summit of the Ghisallo but Moreno Moser buried himself for Uran.

After a fast 125km of racing, the break began the Valcava climb that signalled the start of the finale and the remaining six climbs. Caruso pushed the pace and Denifl was unable to hold the pace and was dropped. Cherel was dropped from the breakaway as other riders fell out of the back of the peloton as the climbs and tired legs and tired heads at the end of the season took their toll. The peloton reached the summit some 3:15 behind the break.

Caruso was forced to stop on the descent of Berbenno after dropping his chain but quickly caught Molard again and then passed him on the little-known but steep Sant-Antonio Abbandonato.

The climb sparked several attacks behind with Bardet, Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) jumping off the front. Sensing it was an important move, Brambilla and Aru also take off in pursuit. Soon after Robert Gesink (LottoNl-Jumbo) went away with Diego Rosa (Astana), Davide Villela (Cannondale-Drapac), Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) and several others as the situation remained fluid over the top and on the descent.

The leading group was made up of: Fabio Aru and Diego Rosa (Astana), Romain Bardet and Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange), Alejandro Valverde and Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Rigoberto Uran and Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), Gianluca Brambilla and David de la Cruz (Etixx-QuickStep), Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin), Alessandro de Marchi (BMC), Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo), Rodolfo Torres (Androni), and Rudy Molard (Cofidis).

The finish was still 50km away and so the riders in the move failed to commit as they studied who was there and who had missed out. The Miragolo San Salvatore climb was next but the attackers rode steady, allowing riders to come up from behind, including Uran who had been distanced.

Caruso was finally swept up and dropped on the 8.7km climb as the favourites readied for the final attacks. They came on the start of the Selvino when Chaves surged away with a sustained effort. Uran and Bardet dug deep to go with him. It was the decisive attack that showed who had the legs to win and who was forced to fight for survival and a placing in the top ten.

Rosa made a huge effort to jump across to the trio on the Selvino. He first tried to drag Aru up to the attack as the 5% gradient allowed a fast pace, then surged away alone to cross the gap over the top of the climb. He made it to the front making it four riders with 40 seconds on the chasers on the long, twisty descent into Bergamo.

Despite rain beginning as they approached the finish, the leaders made it safely off the Selvino and worked together to hold off the 10-rider chase behind. Luckily for the quartet, there was a lack of cooperation in that group, and they came into Bergamo with more than a minute's lead.

Chaves lit it up on the Bergamo Alta, dropping Bardet and Rosa, but he and Uran were not committed to fending off the chase. Rosa was able to make it back and almost pull off the coup, but he ran out of gas just before the line.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange6:26:36
2Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-DrapacRow 2 - Cell 2
4Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:06
5Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:19
6Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:24
7Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 6 - Cell 2
8Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 7 - Cell 2
9Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:26
12Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:04
13Rodolfo Andres Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:02:05
14Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:02:42
15Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida0:05:02
16Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 16 - Cell 2
18Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team0:05:33
19Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:06:24
20Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team0:06:36
21Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:17
22Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:08:10
23Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJRow 22 - Cell 2
24Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJRow 23 - Cell 2
25Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 24 - Cell 2
26Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team SkyRow 25 - Cell 2
27Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension DataRow 26 - Cell 2
28Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-DrapacRow 30 - Cell 2
32Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:10:30
33Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 32 - Cell 2
34Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 35 - Cell 2
37Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 36 - Cell 2
38Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 37 - Cell 2
39Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 38 - Cell 2
40Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 39 - Cell 2
41Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:15:05
42Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:15:51
43Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 42 - Cell 2
44Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJRow 43 - Cell 2
45Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 44 - Cell 2
46Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:15:54
47Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:15:57
48Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 47 - Cell 2
49Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 48 - Cell 2
50Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:16:01
51Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:18:12
52Víctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 51 - Cell 2
53Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 52 - Cell 2
54Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 53 - Cell 2
55Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 55 - Cell 2
57Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 56 - Cell 2
58Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 57 - Cell 2
59Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM CyclingRow 58 - Cell 2
60Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step0:18:16
61David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:20:09
DNFDario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
DNFAndriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
DNFTanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFMiguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
DNFPaolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFMikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 66 - Cell 2
DNFHubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 67 - Cell 2
DNFCyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 68 - Cell 2
DNFMarco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFFrancesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 70 - Cell 2
DNFAlberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFDaniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 72 - Cell 2
DNFSerghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFSonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFSimone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFEnrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFStefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFLorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFEdoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFFrancesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFGreg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFBen Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFAmaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFAlberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFAndre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-DrapacRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFDavide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFMoreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFTom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFFelix Grosschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFJan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFLukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFMaciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFSimone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFBranislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFArnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFLuis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFLaurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFPieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFZdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFJérémy Maison (Fra) FDJRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFSteve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Roux (Fra) FDJRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFJérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFAlexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFIgor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFSergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFAlexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFArtem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFEvgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFAydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFOliver Zaugg (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFStef Clement (Ned) IAM CyclingRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFMathias Frank (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFVegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM CyclingRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFJarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM CyclingRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFLawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM CyclingRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFMarcel Wyss (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFKristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - MeridaRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFJan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFTony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto SoudalRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFSander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFGert Dockx (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFBart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFMaxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFTim Wellens (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFJelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFLouis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFWinner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFJon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFDayer Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFFrancisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFGrega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFPier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFIuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFEduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFYuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFGenki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFGianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFJack Haig (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFDamien Howson (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFJens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFRuben Plaza (Spa) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFAmets Txurruka (Spa) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 148 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Power (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFEdvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 150 - Cell 2
DNFNatnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 151 - Cell 2
DNFOmar Fraile (Spa) Dimension DataRow 152 - Cell 2
DNFSerge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension DataRow 153 - Cell 2
DNFKristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension DataRow 154 - Cell 2
DNFKanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension DataRow 155 - Cell 2
DNFJaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 156 - Cell 2
DNFTom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 157 - Cell 2
DNFFredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 158 - Cell 2
DNFTobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 159 - Cell 2
DNFSindre Skjoestad Lunke (Nor) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 160 - Cell 2
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 161 - Cell 2
DNFJoaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team KatushaRow 162 - Cell 2
DNFAlberto Losada (Spa) Team KatushaRow 163 - Cell 2
DNFEgor Silin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 164 - Cell 2
DNFRein Taaramae (Est) Team KatushaRow 165 - Cell 2
DNFAngel Vicioso (Spa) Team KatushaRow 166 - Cell 2
DNFEnrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 167 - Cell 2
DNFKoen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 168 - Cell 2
DNFWilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 169 - Cell 2
DNFBertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 170 - Cell 2
DNFPaul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 171 - Cell 2
DNFBram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 172 - Cell 2
DNFAlexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 173 - Cell 2
DNFMikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team SkyRow 174 - Cell 2
DNFVasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 175 - Cell 2
DNFLeopold Konig (Cze) Team SkyRow 176 - Cell 2
DNFMikel Nieve (Spa) Team SkyRow 177 - Cell 2
DNFWouter Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 178 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Roche (Irl) Team SkyRow 179 - Cell 2
DNFBen Swift (GBr) Team SkyRow 180 - Cell 2
DNFPavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff TeamRow 181 - Cell 2
DNFJesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff TeamRow 182 - Cell 2
DNFRoman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff TeamRow 183 - Cell 2
DNFRafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff TeamRow 184 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 185 - Cell 2
DNFSergio Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff TeamRow 186 - Cell 2
DNFPawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff TeamRow 187 - Cell 2
DNFLaurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 188 - Cell 2
DNFFabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 189 - Cell 2
DNFRyder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-SegafredoRow 190 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 191 - Cell 2
DNFJasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 192 - Cell 2
DNFHaimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 193 - Cell 2
DNFFilippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 194 - Cell 2
DNFJulen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 195 - Cell 2
DNFRafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 196 - Cell 2
DNFAndrea Fedi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 197 - Cell 2
DNFCristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 198 - Cell 2
DNFEugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 199 - Cell 2

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