Today’s Clasica San Sebastian saw Bauke Mollema (Trek Segafredo) attack on the final climb, initially as part of a trio, before overhauling Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) on one of the steeper ramps then descending like a demon and time-trialling to a solo finish. His breakmates, and former winners here, Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) won the two- up sprint from Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde to round out the podium.
Il Lombardia, the last of the five monuments, brings the curtain down on the WorldTour and gives riders one last chance to grab a big win. The parcours follows some of the most beautiful roads in Italy, including the stunning area around Lake Como. Wet weather can turn this event into a war of attrition but with its punishing distance (245km) and series of hills, this is still a race for puncheurs.
Having won nine times in his previous two Vuelta participations, John Degenkolb had to wait until the final stage this year to record his first victory, ensuring his Giant-Alpecin team finished on a high on the streets of Madrid after the disappointment of Tom Dumoulin losing red and sliding off the final podium altogether yesterday.