It was a beautiful day in Bergamo as the riders rolled out for the final monument of the season, and it didn’t take long for a six-man break to establish itself, with the peloton happy to see the lead extend to over 10 minutes.
It was as the race approached the business end that Team Sky joined a number of teams beginning to push the pace, helping rapidly reduce the gap to the break and splinter the peloton.
A series of counter attacks came and went before a lead group formed with Team Sky continuing to animate the race as the race took shape. It was inside the final 20km that a powerful attack by Moscon set off more action at the front, with Nibali and Thibault Pinot (FDJ) getting away and building a lead before Nibali – urged on by the home support – was able to set off alone and take the win.
Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) jumped away to take second place before Moscon led home a small group 38 seconds back for the final podium spot.
Mikel Nieve got amongst the action in the closing stages and backed up his team-mate with another strong performance, claiming eighth at the the line. Diego Rosa also secured a top-20 finish in 17th.