Moscon podiums at Il Lombardia

Twenty-three-year-old Gianni Moscon, competing aboard his fi’zi:k Antares R1 saddle for Team Sky, continued his impressive form on Saturday with a superb third place at the final Monument of the season, Il Lombardia. Countryman Vincenzo Nibali took the win with Julian Alaphilippe in second.

Moscon’s 2017 palmares is impressive reading, finishing fifth at Paris-Roubaix back in April before claiming world team time-trial bronze with fi’zi:k-riding Sky last month. The big Italian recently came fifth at Giro dell’Emilia before his podium spot here, which strengthened Sky’s chances of claiming the number-one spot in the end-of-year UCI world rankings.

‘Even if I didn't win a race this year, a podium here in Como is fantastic and worth a victory,’ Moscon said after the race. ‘Nibali was the strongest on the last climb. I tried to attack [on the] Civiglio but everybody was tired after 200km or more of racing hard. After the Sormano wall, your legs feel stiff.’

Earlier in the day, sun and blue skies had greeted the riders in Bergamo as they set off on a 247km battle that took them through the Lombardy hills, lakes and falling leaves. Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (fi’zi:k Antares R1) and Davide Ballerini break away to forge an early lead. They were soon joined by four riders and stretched their advantage to over 12 minutes.

That lead slowly disappeared, however, and come the final climb, Nibali had left the pack in a race-winning move. Behind, Moscon won the chase-group sprint for third with a flotilla of fi’zi:k riders behind him: Alexis Vuillermoz (fi’zi:k Arione VS saddle and AG2R La Mondiale) was fourth, Domenico Pozzovivo (fi’zi:k Arione and AG2R La Mondiale) sixth, Mikel Nieve (fi’zi:k Antares R1 and Team Sky) eighth and Nairo Quintana (fi’zi:k Antares 00 and Movistar) ninth.

A great race but put into context by a terrible crash on a tricky bend on the descent from the Sormano that saw Belgium’s Jan Bakelants (fi’zi:k and AG2R La Mondiale) suffer a fracture of his lumbar spine. He remains in intensive care. All at fi’zi:k wish Jan a full recovery.