Il Lombardia 2022, one day monument, October 8, farewell to Nibali and Valverde

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Anticipation is building nicely. Personally, I am most looking forward to this addition of Il Lombardia more than ever, largely due to Nibs and AV. I hope they are prominent in the race no matter what the final result.

I'll admit I haven't been a great fan of Valverde until he won the 2018 worlds on that monster course which was when he won me over. I've always respected Nibs, his bike handling skills and versatility to win all three grand tours and even MSR says it all. In 2013 to 2014 he was at the peak of his powers.
 
I don't think any of them can win the race but it definitely looks like the strongest team on paper.
Formolo is my dark horse here.
Why not?

Ok, it's not as tough a course this year, but they have the defending champion, and any reason you would give to not call him a favourite, would just make one of the others more of a favourite... if you get me.
 

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