The breakaway of Mattia Bais (photo Bettiniphoto) has arrived to put protagonism on Il Lombardia by Androni Giocattoli Sidermec. Bais was very good, in fact, to enter in the breakaway of a ten riders that characterized the last classic monument of the season. The action started after about thirty kilometers with the group on the first ramps of Ghisallo. As the kilometers went by, the leading group thinned out with the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec rider good at staying ahead. The big group then returned to the leaders about fifty kilometers from the arrival of the planned 239. Bais was also very good at completing the race at the finish line in Bergamo, where Tadej Pogacar won over Fausto Masnada.
At the end of the race on the stage of Il Lombardia all the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec went up to collect the prize linked to the Treedom initiative «Together to breathe with the planet».

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com


  • MIKE WOODS finishes 9th after a great fight, but far from satisfied: “All I wanted was a win.”

  • DAN MARTIN finishes his career after one mighty effort “that left me empty.”

Minutes after the end of the six grueling hours of #ILombardia, they were sitting in the back of the bus, side by side, holding their beers, drained, empty.

The first, Mike Woods, was looking forward to a well-deserved vacation to refuel his batteries. The second, Dan Martin, had just started his post-cycling career journey. “What a relief,” he said. “It was so brutal out there, so when I was nearing the finish, I felt so complete with my decision. I really have nothing more to give.”

His sentiment was so understandable and true. At this level, you have to have it all if you want to compete. And his teammate, Mike Woods, exemplified it best. He had the legs on a day that nothing less was acceptable. So, on the last climb towards Bergamo – the Passo di Ganda – there were only about ten riders left in the game. And when Tadej Pogačar attacked, Mike was not only able to hold the pace of the few chasers but tried to take the initiative again and again. “I had the legs, and I was aggressive,” he said.

They were closing in following the descent to Bergamo, but the group was disorganized.

In the end, all that was left was a fight for a podium. Although he maintained his effort, being such a winner by nature, a podium was not going to satisfy him anyway. “All I wanted was the win,” he said. “I wasn’t going for third, fourth, or fifth – I wanted to win.”

That was his last race of 2021, and he was deservingly satisfied with his season. “I raced well.”

He certainly did. Congrats to him and the whole team.

And back to Dan Martin. As he was leaving the team bus for the last time, he seemed genuinely happy. That’s all a guy could wish for, right?

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com


Appuntamento di prestigio domani per l’Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, impegnata con l’ultima classica monumento della stagione. Da Como, per arrivare a Bergamo dopo 239 chilometri, infatti, partirà Il Lombardia (Uci World Tour).
Al via ci saranno Mattia Bais, Jefferson Cepeda, Daniel Munoz, Simone Ravanelli, Eduardo Sepulveda, Filippo Tagliani e Nicola Venchiarutti. Direttori sportivi Giovanni Ellena e Gian Paolo Cheula. A seguire la squadra anche il team manager Gianni Savio.
L’Androni Giocattoli Sidermec è reduce dalla Milano-Torino e dal Gran Piemonte, vinte rispettivamente da Primoz Roglic e Matthew Walls. Nelle due gare di Rcs la squadra ha ottenuto altri importanti punti per la Ciclismo Cup dove è attualmente seconda e prima tra i team Professional.

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com

Bahrain Victorious to the last Monument: Il Lombardia

The Classic of the Falling Leaves returns to its usual autumnal slot on Saturday, 9 October. According to the alternation between Bergamo and Como as start and finish cities, the 2021 edition of Il Lombardia will see the peloton facing a new 239km demanding course from Como to Bergamo.

Six climbs for a total of 4,400 meters of elevation and the explosive hill of Bergamo Alta in the finale await the riders before the traditional flat finish in the centre of the city. 

A Monument that suits a rider like Dylan Teuns, who was 3rd in 2018, is competing for a 4th time. The Belgian will be the leader of Bahrain Victorious, lining up with 5 out of 7 riders that participated in Gran Piemonte on Thursday. They will be joined by the experienced Mikel Landa as road captain and Matej Mohorič co leader. The Spaniard is at his 9th appearance, while the Slovenian Champion rode it only once in 2018, and he will try to have his opportunity, backed by a good shape in this last part of the season. Stevie Williams, fresh from his first victory as a pro, boosted by the GC win, demonstrated to be in top form too and will be co leader.  It will be the debut in the Classics for the young Welsh climber, who is looking forward to riding his first Monument race to aim to a solid result with the support of his teammates. Santiago Buitrago is also a debutant at Il Lombardia. The Colombian will give precious help on the climbs and eventually entering on a breakaway, as Hermann Pernsteiner will do. Save energy ahead of the final will be crucial. Therefore, one of the main tasks will be protecting the leaders throughout the day, and Domen Novak often showed his essential help. 

Alberto Volpi, Bahrain Victorious SD: “It will be a very demanding and tough day in the saddle. The course will make an important selection without any doubt. The start list includes strong riders, and we also have a lineup of all respect. We want to excellently perform as we did throughout this season, to end it at our best. We are confident because we have good riders, and we’re sure that they can honour this prestigious race. The team spirit will count too, and this group has it for sure”.

Bahrain Victorious lineup for Il Lombardia: Santiago Buitrago, Mikel Landa, Matej Mohorič, Domen Novak, Hermann Pernsteiner, Dylan Teuns, Stevie Williams.

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Aleksandr Vlasov and Alexey Lutsenko to lead the team at Il Lombardia – Astana

Aleksandr Vlasov and Alexey Lutsenko to lead the team at Il Lombardia

Astana – Premier Tech heads to Il Lombardia, known as the Race of the Falling Leaves, with a strong team captained by Aleksandr Vlasov and Alexey Lutsenko.

The route for the final Monument of the year will see a change compared to last year, where Jakob Fuglsang took an impressive win while teammate Aleksandr Vlasov took a strong third place. 239 brutal kilometres from Como to Bergamo await the riders, where Alexey Lutsenko will take on the race for the first time in his career.

The iconic climb, Ghisallo, will be the first ascent to tackle before hitting Roncola, Berbenno, Dossena, Zambla Altan and Passo di Ganda before reaching the finish line in Bergamo.

Last year Vlasov rounded out the podium and is looking forward to this year’s route:

“I have really good memories of Il Lombardia. Taking third in a Monument is something special and last year it was an incredible race. This year, we are back to the normal date, not like last year where we rode it in August. So, at least, the weather will not be as hot as last year and now, we have the route changed from Como to Bergamo. I am looking forward to it but the race has a really strong start list, we will see what will happen but I am motivated to give my best to reach yet another good result”.

Sports Director Stefano Zanini sees the second part of the race as the decisive one:

“The first 90 kilometres shouldn’t be a problem, we go over the Ghisallo from the other side than last year but then the second part of the race, after Lecco will be brutal. The decisive moment will be for sure on the last two climbs as then with 30 kilometres to go, the course runs towards the finish line on a fast but not technical road. Of course, we miss Jakob but that’s cycling. Nevertheless, Aleksandr showed incredible form last year and also Alexey is currently in a good shape”. 

Rider roster: Manuele Boaro (ITA), Samuele Battistella (ITA), Rodrigo Contreras (COL), Fabio Felline (ITA), Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Matteo Sobrero (ITA), Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS).

Sports directors: Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA), Stefano Zanini (ITA).

— Vitalii to www.astanapremiertech.com

ll Lombardia (October 9) – Equipe cycliste AG2R CITROËN TEAM

Benoît Cosnefroy : « Make the race »

« I am very happy that the AG2R CITROËN TEAM is giving me the opportunity to race Il Lombardia. After Liège-Bastogne-Liège (4 participations), I will have a chance to compete in a second monument. Even if the course is more difficult than what I usually face, the goal is to make the race. The difficulty will be high, but the long climbs of the course are very suitable for teammates like Aurélien Paret-Peintre, Geoffrey Bouchard, Clément Champoussin and even Clément Berthet. For my part, I am aware that compared to the best climbers in the peloton it will be difficult for me, but I want to do well. »Benoît

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By finishing 3rd in 2018 and 2nd in 2019, Clément Champoussin has climbed twice onto the podium of Il Piccolo Lombardia, Il Lombardia reserved for the U23 racers.

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Milano – Torino: Clément Champoussin 20th

Clément Champoussin finished 20th in Milano – Torino.

— Kevin Bottin to www.ag2rcitroenteam.com