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Giro di Lombardia Discussion
Giro di Lombardia Preview

The final Monument of the year, is also the final race in the PT calendar, and one of the three races which will bring down the curtains to the MG regular season. It's been a long haul for the riders, their teams and the management to get here, but it should definitely be worth the wait.

This is the 13th edition of this race and judging by the fact that certain teams will be facing the prospect of relegation afterwards, it will be an unlucky edition for them.

A total of eight winners have graced the top step of the podium in this race's storied history. Simone Ponzi leads the winners list as one of two riders to have won this race thrice, the other being the Damiano Cunego. He is back this season to try to make it four wins. Also here is 2017 winner Simon Spilak, who will be hoping to finish off the season on a high note for his team, and join the likes of Ponzi, Cunego and Frank Schleck as multiple winners.

Race Profile


This year's race will take the peloton from Varese to Bergamo, travelling a total of more than 255 kilometers, testing both the skill and the resilience of the riders. The first challenge the riders will face is the double spiked Madonna del Ghisallo. This is quickly folllowed by Pescate. After the halfway mark, the climbing comes thick and fast. The short but steep Colle Dei Pasta leads up to the harder Colle Gallo. No respite for the riders after this, as they tackle Ganda next, the highest climb of the race. Another shorter and steeper climb follows, which is Bracca. After that, it's the last long climb at Berbenno. The road undulates for some kilometers after, before making the riders go over the Bergamo Alta, the final uphill section of the race. The finish is at the end of a very short flat section after the descent of the Alta.

Let us now look at the riders who are expected to have some role to play in deciding the result of this race.

Top Climbers
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Pluchkin857578
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/iso.png Spilak848180
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bnm.png Morton847678
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tmo.png Henao Montoya827179
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tmo.png Guldhammer817775
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/mos.png Barguil817577
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tmo.png Preidler807877
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/aeg.png Olivier807680
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Krasnoperov806869
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/gzl.png Formolo797776
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fpc.png Yates797680
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/pum.png Arndt797676
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/aeg.png Keinath797676
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fes.png Bongiorno797577
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ino.png Konig797576
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eav.png Kirsch797473

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Pluchkin, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/iso.png Spilak and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bnm.png Morton are the elite climbers who will start this race. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/iso.png Spilak holds a slight advantage to his rivals, with his better puncher abilities and support stats.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tmo.png Henao Montoya is a strong climber but his relative weakness on the hills could make his challenge fizzle out in the closing stages. The more likely challenger for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tmo.png T-Mobile looks to be pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tmo.png Guldhammer, who's balanced skill-set should prove to be an asset for this race.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/mos.png Barguil, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tmo.png Preidler and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/aeg.png Olivier are the other top climbers, who'll be looking to make the race as hard as possible to make life difficult for the pure punchers.

Further down the list, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fpc.png Yates holds his team's PT survival chances on his shoulders, as he tries to bridge a 53 point gap in the relegation dogfight. He does have a strong team in support, but will need more guile than brawn to lead his team to glory.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/gzl.png Formolo represents the champions-elect Gazelle in the last race of the season, and anything barring a calamity for them, and a near miracle for the chasing teams, will see them crowned champiions.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/pum.png Arndt is the chosen rider to defend his team's, incidentally the defending champions, podium place. They have a bit of a lead in this regard but a strong performance from any one of six chasing teams could see them drop down the table.

Top Punchers
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/afk.png Hagen708574
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fab.png Ponzi738472
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ino.png Bakelants748377
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/mos.png Sagan748374
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ssc.png Lutsenko738373
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/aeg.png De Bie718376
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/iso.png Mohoric718372
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/evo.png Skujins708377
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tmo.png Van Garderen728275
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eav.png Gastauer718270
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/iso.png Spilak848180
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fes.png Koretzky718170
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/gzl.png Ginanni688175
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fpc.png McCarthy678175
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tmo.png Buchmann768074
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ebd.png Boswell718073
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/gen.png Ulissi668071
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/evo.png Lopez787973
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tti.png Chernetskiy717969

The main difference between the top climbers and punchers are that none of the best punchers are better than average climbers. If the race gets hard, the punchers might have a hard time keeping up with the best climbers.

Keeping all that aside, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/afk.png Hagen and defending champion pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fab.png Ponzi are at the top of the food-chain among the punchers. Both riders have had exceptional seasons so far. However, while one rider has powered his team to podium contention, the other has been fighting a near lone battle to save his team from relegation.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ino.png Bakelants and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/mos.png Sagan are the best climbers among the punchers, but it's not a huge improvement.

Looking down the list, we can see that it's anyone's guess who'll come out on top in a pure puncher's race from this bunch. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ssc.png Lutsenko, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/aeg.png De Bie, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/iso.png Mohoric and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/evo.png Skuijns are all equally good and can be the best of this bunch on a good day.

Conspicuous by his presence here is pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/iso.png Spilak, who's perhaps the best prepared for a race like this!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/iso.png Spilak8481798073
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ino.png Bakelants7483807777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fab.png Ponzi7384777280
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/afk.png Hagen7085817479
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/mos.png Sagan7483787476
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ssc.png Lutsenko7383767381
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Pluchkin8575787874
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bnm.png Morton8476797867
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/aeg.png De Bie7183777675
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tmo.png Guldhammer8177747576
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tmo.png Van Garderen7282787579
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/evo.png Skujins7083807776
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/evo.png Lopez7879747376
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/iso.png Mohoric7183787277
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tmo.png Preidler8078717769

Taking the previously mentioned points into account, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/iso.png Spilak looks to be the top favourite for this race.

The length of the race, together with the need for riders to survive the attrition puts pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ino.png Bakelants higher than his puncher competitors and in prime podium contention. Defending champion pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fab.png Ponzi looks the most likely to also be challenging for the win in this race.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/afk.png Hagen will be keen to add his name to the illustrious race-winners list. He's as good as any of the previous three, when it comes to race-winning ability.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/mos.png Sagan and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ssc.png Lutsenko are quite similar, and both will be hoping to challenge for the podium at least. The latter's team hold a slender lead in the relegation fight, with three teams biting at their ankles to try and overtake them here.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Pluchkin and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bnm.png Morton lack a little in puncher capabilities, which could make their life a little hard in the business end of the race. They will be looking to take advantage of the longer climbs to tire out the punchers.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/aeg.png De Bie will be hoping he finish well, after what has been an underwhelming season. He looks likely to be more of a Top 5 contender than a race-win challenger.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tmo.png Guldhammer and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tmo.png Van Garderen lead T-Mobile's bid for survival. Neither look to be a prime contender for a top posiiton, but if both can get a good result, it will be a good haul of points for the struggling outfit. If pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/tmo.png Preidler, who looks like a decent wildcard shout for an over-performance in a race like this, can get involved too, it could become a great outing for them.

Another duo carrying their team's hopes is pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/evo.png Skuijns and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/evo.png Lopez, both of whom have had a solid season, but neither have had a memorable one. They'll be looking to improve on that particular statistic.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/iso.png Mohoric looks to be the perfect foil for teammate pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/iso.png Spilak, and will probably be the one looking to attack more for his team. He too, hasn't had a particularly good season and will hope cap it off successfully.


Last NameFirst NameTeam
De BieSeanAegon - Lavazza
OlivierDaanAegon - Lavazza
KeinathNicoAegon - Lavazza
DekkerThomasAegon - Lavazza
ZardiniEdoardoAegon - Lavazza
EikingOdd ChristianAegon - Lavazza
van der HugenhabenRobinAegon - Lavazza
ThurauBjornAegon - Lavazza
HagenEdvald BoassonAir France - KLM
KochMichelAir France - KLM
SalinasJonathanAir France - KLM
EdetNicolasAir France - KLM
LietaerEliotAir France - KLM
MartinGuillaumeAir France - KLM
VanendertJelleAir France - KLM
OlesenPatrickAir France - KLM
OssDanielAker - MOT
WalslebenPhilippAker - MOT
SiriwardenaKashyapaAker - MOT
SilvaNihalAker - MOT
TrondsenTrond HakonAker - MOT
AnderbergHampusAker - MOT
YzeirajMarildoAker - MOT
VideikaAiridasAker - MOT
MortonLachlanBennelong - Mitchelton
LanePatrickBennelong - Mitchelton
BaylyCameronBennelong - Mitchelton
SchreursHamishBennelong - Mitchelton
SchultzNicholasBennelong - Mitchelton
HamiltonChrisBennelong - Mitchelton
McCormickHaydenBennelong - Mitchelton
MillerNickBennelong - Mitchelton
GastauerBenEA Vesuvio
KirschAlexEA Vesuvio
GodoyCaioEA Vesuvio
SmitWillieEA Vesuvio
FritschSvenEA Vesuvio
UwizeyimanaBonaventureEA Vesuvio
SanikwathiThanawutEA Vesuvio
KaislavuoJesseEA Vesuvio
SkujinsTomsEvonik - ELKO
LopezMiguel AngelEvonik - ELKO
SmirnovsAndrisEvonik - ELKO
MoazemiArvinEvonik - ELKO
VosekalnsAndrisEvonik - ELKO
BekmanisIndulisEvonik - ELKO
SergisKasparsEvonik - ELKO
EggerMike AaronEvonik - ELKO
PonziSimoneFablok - Bank BGZ
BenootTiesjFablok - Bank BGZ
PoljanskiPawelFablok - Bank BGZ
BernardJulienFablok - Bank BGZ
RumacJosipFablok - Bank BGZ
PlucinskiLeszekFablok - Bank BGZ
KaczmarekJakubFablok - Bank BGZ
StimulakKlemenFablok - Bank BGZ
YatesAdamFarfetch Pro Cycling
McCarthyJayFarfetch Pro Cycling
TurgisAnthonyFarfetch Pro Cycling
BettiolAlbertoFarfetch Pro Cycling
SsabagwanyaSamuelFarfetch Pro Cycling
GoglMichaelFarfetch Pro Cycling
MinKyeng HoFarfetch Pro Cycling
TizzaMarcoFarfetch Pro Cycling
KoretzkyClementFestina - OAKA
BongiornoFrancescoFestina - OAKA
KastrantasCharalampasFestina - OAKA
RabottiniMatteoFestina - OAKA
Van NiekerkAidanFestina - OAKA
CataldoDarioFestina - OAKA
VuillermozAlexisFestina - OAKA
MavrikakisMichailFestina - OAKA
De BuystJasperGenerali
LaengenVegard StakeGrieg - Maersk
HansenLasse NormanGrieg - Maersk
EgNiklasGrieg - Maersk
VinkMichaelGrieg - Maersk
GillettRhysGrieg - Maersk
LastraJonathanGrieg - Maersk
NardinThiago DuarteGrieg - Maersk
PengYuan TanGrieg - Maersk
BakelantsJanIndosat Ooredoo - ANZ
Van AvermaetGregIndosat Ooredoo - ANZ
KonigLeopoldIndosat Ooredoo - ANZ
Le RouxRomainIndosat Ooredoo - ANZ
WarcholBartoszIndosat Ooredoo - ANZ
De SouzaChristopherIndosat Ooredoo - ANZ
LuchshenkoSergeyIndosat Ooredoo - ANZ
KulimbetovNurbolatIndosat Ooredoo - ANZ
SpilakSimonIsostar - LimeBike
MohoricMatejIsostar - LimeBike
PolancJanIsostar - LimeBike
PernsteinerHermannIsostar - LimeBike
JaramilloDaniel AlexanderIsostar - LimeBike
FrankinyKilianIsostar - LimeBike
GuerreiroRubenIsostar - LimeBike
AugustynJohn-LeeIsostar - LimeBike
SaganPeterMoser - Sygic
BarguilWarrenMoser - Sygic
BorosMichaelMoser - Sygic
VysnaMatejMoser - Sygic
MaryczJaroslawMoser - Sygic
SchlegelMichalMoser - Sygic
HosekJosefMoser - Sygic
McKennaSeanMoser - Sygic
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De Bie for the pure hill potentially top5.
Olivier for the hill/mo top10 and Keinath the same I guess as he like those hard races.

With best possible support in Dekker, Zardini, Hugenhaben, Eiking and Thurau I have huge expectations here.

Surely should be enough to remain in the top10 rankings but if I don`t have anyone inside the top10 of the race, I would be hugely disappointed alongside couple more in top20-30 and top50 as well.

Other than that nothing to worry for me in the rankings, so it doesn`t even matter that much luckily. The relegation fight is big though and let`s see how it ends.
Nice preview.

Ginanni will most certainly be useless; I hope the team realizes that.
In this field I don't expect Formolo to manage a top 10 either. He'll just have to hang on as long as possible and sneaking into the top 15 would be a good result.
This is our race to loose and our time to shine. Come on Simon & Matej, do your magic!!
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We will be far away from the win, but hopefully we'll have someone in the attacks early on. Should be a good race!
Thank you for a nice preview, AbhishekLFC!

I can only second what tastasol wrote. And looking at the profile, Spilak must be considered as the favourite.
A 4th place here is good for Pluchkin, seems like he'll be in good shape for the Worlds ^^
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And there it is...the final disappointing performance by De Bie....what a bad season for him and hopefully accepts a smaller wage now.
13th is simply not enough for a 83 puncheur with decent backups.

Olivier in 17th I wonder if he could have done better without De Bie today.

At least couple more in the top40 and 7 in the top100.

Congrats CT for another Boasson Hagen show. SPAR with a big sign here as well.

Thanks for the report!
Thank god this awful season is over. We were useless again, working for nothing in the end once more. Time to reconsider the project. This could've very well been the farewell ride for the #meninlime-adventure as it stands.

Thanks for yet another outstanding report though!
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Finally a great race from Lutsenko and only missing out closely on the win. Good to see he's there at the moment it really counts. Really tense finish of the season.
T-Mobile's depth here was scary and I feel like they scored around as much points as me, but shouldn't overtake me in the rankings.

Thanks for the report Abhishek!
Brilliant report, Abhi! Really enjoyed that as a neutral, watching the teams fighting to avoid relegation battle it out. That was kind of crazy, and I loved how much emphasis you put on it too.

For our team, that was a big, big race from Oss. It took two seasons, but finally he joined a breakaway and used his strengths from there. Really been waiting for that. And as Abhi rightly writes in the report, that is also a placing that I guess saves us from the spectacular fall in the rankings I expected before the final monument Pfft

Big congratulations to CrueTrue, always nice to see EBH take such a big win, and even on such a course.
We got in the break, so we have to be happy enough with the race. Exciting race to follow! Congrats on the win, CT!
Great report, thx!

Formolo did exactly what he had to do and Sosnitskiy / Karnulin also delivered with their top 25 results. Cool to see former rider Oss pull such a great stunt for Aker.

Congrats to CT. That win catapulted AF up the rankings.
My quick thoughs on this pre-reading the report:

Everything's still to play for. We could defend third, or fall all the way out of the Top 5 and miss our sponsor goal.

It's all down to Nikias Arndt and what Spilak, Sagan et al. can do.

We don't need to try and fight for the win, we just need to avoid stupid splits and post a good result to survive with the 250 point gap to everyone bar Aker.
Most of the overall standings implications of this race are not in our hands, but we can limit the amount of teams mathematically able to beat us. A lot could depend on how many riders a team can get into the positions 30-50 as well.

In that regard, I do love the move Hadi made to ensure we have someone up the road in case something weird happens later on.

Vasyliv gone early as a 77mo rider is obviously bad, even though many Generali riders seem to suffer with him to at least take them out of contention as well as Mohoric hopefully limiting how much Isostar can score here.
Hadi still in front of a splintering peloton also great news for his points scoring chances.

But then, inevitably, disaster strikes. 79 mountain is not good enough for this mountainous route. Arndt has been a joke all the way from the spring classics to the last race of the season.
Yates is still up there, and he only has a bit of STA, RES and DH on Arndt!

So, we're left with watching the fight for the win unfold, while hoping Arndt can win the sprint from his group later and Hadi isn't spent completely and can also utilize his great sprint. But the Pro Tour podium decision won't be influenced by us anymore.

Up front, congratulations to Air France on winning this! And I start to fear that we may lose our podium spot for the entire season by literally half a wheel, and a random 77 climber overperforming in Salinas...

But, our climbers did pull through well in the end! Besides Arndt of course who will face scrutiny over this year's performances, but Vasyliv and Stüssi did very well to gain 5 points above minimum each, and Hadi did hold on to a Top 50 as well! It will be very close against Air France, but we should have 4th secured at least.
A great sprint from all three of them in a large group that saw good riders miss out on the Top 50.

Either way, a thrilling race very well reported to end the season! Thank you Abhi! Smile
This is just a perfect way to finish off the season. LOVE it.

Norwegians rarely make me happy in any way, basically just an annoying neighbour, but this virtual EBH has certainly saved my season and been worth every penny of his salary.

Thanks for the congrats - and thanks for an excellent report. Exciting until the last screenshot.
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