On the first iconic climb of the 243-kilometer race, the Colle Gallo, an early eight-rider breakaway had opened up an advantage of five minutes 40 seconds with all seven CCC Team riders sitting safely in the peloton, saving energy for what was to come.
On the Colle Brianza and the Madonna Del Ghisallo, the gap was steadily pulled back before, on the early slopes of the Colma di Sormano, inside 60 kilometers to go, two remaining leaders, including Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) who will join CCC Team next year, sat two minutes up the road.
It was here that Simon Geschke pushed off the front of the main bunch after a series of attacks saw the race intensify quickly with the last riders were caught on the brutal final part of the fourth climb, known as the Muro di Sormano, which has a maximum gradient of 27 percent.
After the race exploded completely, a select group of favorites regrouped on the descent and in the end, this was the decisive move and from this selection that Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo) took the win.
Behind, de la Parte chased hard but ultimately the move was too strong for him to bridge across and he finished as CCC Team’s best-placed rider before ten Dam eventually crossed the line to cap off his career in the professional peloton.
Quotes From the Finish Line
Víctor de la Parte:
“We knew coming into today that it was a really hard race, really long and from the start the pace was high. On the Sormano, I didn’t feel too good in the main group so I tried to keep my own pace, my own rhythm here but then on the downhill it was full gas also so it was difficult to come back across. Overall, it was just a really hard day.”
“Looking back to my first season with CCC Team, 2019 has not been a bad year. Coming into the team, it was good and I have felt happy with the group. I came to CCC Team after spending a lot of time working hard for others so it has been nice to get some opportunities for myself this year.”
Laurens Ten Dam:
“I think today is almost like a fairy tale with me finishing my career on the same day that Bauke, my compatriot and my friend took the win. I am actually having dinner with him tonight so, it will be a double celebration. It crazy how things turn out.”
“I really enjoyed my last race. I have almost never seen weather like today at Lombardia and it was a really nice race. I had good legs but they just went to fast on the Sormano. I was happy to be there on the Ghisallo and overall, it was not a bad race for me. I worked as hard as possible and I am happy with how my final race turned out.”
One-day race: Bergamo > Como (243km)
Top 3: 1. Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo) 2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) 3. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS)
CCC Team Top 3: 47. Víctor de la Parte 82. Riccardo Zoidl 84. Simon Geschke