Nicolas Roche heads up BMC's squad for 'toughest race of year', Il Lombardia

Irishman Nicolas Roche is hoping to build on solid results leading up to the final Monument of 2017 on Saturday

Nicolas Roche on stage 11 of the 2017 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Nicolas Roche will lead American WorldTour team BMC Racing in Il Lombardia on Saturday, the final Monument of the 2017 season.

Irishman Roche describes Il Lombardia as a tough race, as befits its status as one of the most prestigious single-day events in the cycling calendar.

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