Romain Bardet to captain Team DSM at Il Lombardia
Oct 04 2021 11:35 pm CET

Romain Bardet to captain Team DSM at Il Lombardia
Romain Bardet to captain Team DSM at Il Lombardia
Photo of Romain Bardet (c)Team DSM | Vincent Riemersma

French rider Romain Bardet is set to lead Team DSM at the last monument of the 2021 season, Il Lombardia.

After four years straight having the finish in Como, the 2021 edition of the classic race will take place the other way around, having a finish in Bergamo. The 239-kilometre race will be on October 9 and the last time it was ridden in this direction was in 2016, an edition that Esteban Chaves won.

After winning one stage of the Vuelta a España, topping the Mountain Classification and finishing in the top five of the overall classification at the Giro di Sicilia, Bardet will lead the German formation in the 2021 edition of the Monument. "This year's Il Lombardia will see a parcours change over recent years, with the start in Como and finish in Bergamo," said Team DSM coach Luke Roberts.

"The traditional Madonna di Ghisallo climb will be taken in the opposite direction and feature after around just 30 kilometres of racing. The series of climbs throughout the race will come to a total of 4500 metres of elevation gain over the 239 kilometres, making an extremely tough race. Our line-up of climbers has showed good form and good team work in recent races, and we will aim to continue this trend with the goal of putting Romain in contention for a top result here as our finisher."

Team DSM's line-up for Il Lombardia (October 9):

Thymen Arensman (NED)
Tiesj Benoot (BEL)
Romain Bardet (FRA)
Mark Donovan (GBR)
Chris Hamilton (AUS)
Andreas Leknessund (NOR)
Michael Storer (AUS)
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