There is a certain consensus in the cycling world that the 2021 campaign has been, and is still being, the best in recent times. With good reason. Maybe in Spain the same perception does not reach, at least not to the most general public, because no native runner has managed to sneak into the party, except for some loose brushstroke of Enric Mas and the eternal Alejandro Valverde. While the national squad continues to wait for the generation of those born in the 21st century to emerge, that talented group that leads Juan Ayuso, The only thing left is to enjoy a brilliant time on the international set. Much blame falls on that duel that measures in multiple areas to Wout van Aert with Mathieu van der Poel. Also to the nonconformity of the rainbow Julian Alaphilippe, always on the prowl to snatch a good chunk of the pie. And, of course, to those three figures who have taken over the three great rounds: Egan Bernal, risen in the Turn; Tadej Pogacar, invincible in the Tour; and Primoz Roglic, the master of the season with 13 victories, including his exhibition in The Vuelta.
This new cycling closes the doors in the Tour of Lombardy, the fifth Monument, the last race of the World Tour. And in the same vein as the rest of the course, despite the late October dates, it is preceded by an exciting week, in which we saw Vincenzo Nibali conquer the Tour of Sicily; to Remco Evenepoel, win the Bernocchi Cup; Roglic, as dominating as usual in Milan-Turin; to Pogacar, in the fight for this classic and for the Three Valleys Varesinos … The show runs to the full calendar, no matter how small the race. Today is Lombardy, a big game preserve. With the same illustrious names in the roster of favorites. And with Valverde, three times second, wanting to enjoy a hitherto little Spanish.