The final Monument race of the season, the Giro di Lombardia, rolls out on Saturday (October 7), with the course almost exactly that on which Vincenzo Nibali claimed victory in 2015.
So could the Bahrain-Merida man win again, to end a largely successful first season with his new team on a high?
While Il Lombardia is no longer the final WorldTour race of the season – the expanded calendar means the Tour of Turkey and Tour of Guangxi are still to come – this is the last chance of a major victory for many.
And with the likes of Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) also in form so far this month, there will be plenty of competition for Nibali, even in the absence of injured defending champion Johan Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott).
Michal Kwiatkowski [Milan-San Remo], Philippe Gilbert [Tour of Flanders], Greg van Avermaet [Paris-Roubaix] and Alejandro Valverde [Liege-Bastogne-Liege] have already won Monuments this year, so who could join that list on Saturday? Let’s take a closer look at the contenders and, first, the route…