This Saturday, the men led by Valerio Piva took the initiative on the Il Lombardia (1.WT, 9/10), the fifth and final Monument of the season. Initially, the experienced Jan Bakelants, who was on his ninth participation, represented Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in the breakaway of 10 riders, which had broken away in the climb of Madonna del Ghisallo, the first difficulty of the day.
The leading group enjoyed a lead of up to six minutes at the top of the second difficulty, a gap that then fell to four minutes around the middle of the race. Driven by the Belgian, the breakaway survived beyond the summit of the Zambla Alta climb, the highest point of this last World Tour event of the season. Immediately after the regrouping on the descent, the local rider Lorenzo Rota counterattacked, finding himself briefly alone ahead of the race 45 kilometers from the finish.
It all played out in the ascent of the Passo di Ganda, the penultimate climb exploited by Pogacar (UAE) to make the difference over the rest of the competitors. Joined in the valley leading to Bergamo by Masnada (Deceuninck), the Slovenian eventually won the two-man sprint. After six hours of effort, Lorenzo Rota took 28th place on home soil.