When the pundits picked their favourite to win the last Monument of the year, the choices were names like Egan Bernal, Primoz Roglic, perhaps Jakob Fuglsang or finally Alejandro Valverde. But no one picked – or even probably thought about – the Il Lombardia 2019 champion. The Trek-Segafredo team were active throughout the race, from Tom Skujins in the break of the day to Giulio Ciccone punching up the climbs, but one wouldn’t have expected an attack by Bauke Mollema on the Civiglio to stick. But stick it did, winning the Dutch rider his first Monument and Trek’s second big win in the past few weeks. Valverde and Bernal were 16sec off the pace to take second and third respectively.
The Worlds was a ride through hell to the rainbows as the men did in Sunday’s road race – if hell were dictated by rainfall. It was full of controversy, some amazing rides and we’ve got a lot of youngsters coming into their own. And they’re only going to get better and better as the years go by. Pull on your sou’wester and jump into the Twitterstream!