Lombardia hopefuls put their form in display in Italian semi-classics before Saturday's main event
Alejandro Valverde's post-worlds program includes Il Lombardia, a race that favors him, yet also one he has never won.
The peloton was greeted to a beautiful day around Lake Como for the 2017 edition of Il Lombardia.
The Sardinian has endured a knee injury and the death of teammate Michele Scarponi this year.
The WorldTour calendar concludes with the hilly Il Lombardia monument race, which caps off a series of one-day Italian races.
Il Lombardia, the final monument classic of the season, welcomes three former champions to the race for 2017.
The Orica – BikeExchange rider left the team bus late and then got caught up in crowds and cars and was unable to join the race.