This Saturday on October 7th the 117th edition Il Lombardia or the fifth and final Monument of the 2023 season was organized. The riders had to cover seven climbs totalling 4300 climbing meters during the 238 kilometer between Como and Bergamo.
Two days after his 37th birthday, Rui Costa managed to take thirteenth place at the end of a classic lasting for almost six hours. The Portuguese rider came in just over a minute behind the winner Tadej Pogacar in the second chase group which sprinted for ninth place.
This is the former world champion’s second-best result ever in this race, benefiting from his great form since the end of the Tour de France. The four time winner this season, including a stage victory in La Vuelta, already took fifth place in the Gran Piemonte two days ago.