The last race of the season, Il Lombardia, held on Sunday over 254km including six hard climbs from Bergamo to Como, the Movistar Team showed again their consistency and willingness to give a strong performance in all big races of the cycling calendar to claim a third consecutive victory in the UCI WorldTour Team ranks that gives the prize to the most solid, successful squad in the sport.

Following almost nine months which started at the Tour Down Under, after claiming 12 wins in cycling's top tier -32 so far in their 2015 season- and also shining on the podium of the Tour and the Vuelta, it all came down to a 33-point margin in the last event. Willing to contest the final Monument of the classics season, the riders directed by José Luis Jaimerena pushed hard in search for the initial, 11-man breakaway en route to the Madonna del Ghisallo, launching Ion Izagirre afterwards on the pursuit. The grueling, steep Muro di Sormano (up to 30% gradient) broke the bunch into pieces, with Astana taking the reins of the group as Alejandro Valverde, in one of the final events in a marvellous year, kept caution while giving all that he could to stick at the front.

As Nibali went away for victory into the descent of Civiglio and Moreno (KAT) and Pinot (FDJ) attacked during the San Fermo uphill, claiming spots two and three respectively, Valverde picked up the pace to try and approach a podium he ultimately went one step short, 4th as he beat Diego Rosa (AST) into the last sprint. The 20-point advantage for Moreno over Alejandro left a 13-point margin enough for Unzué's squad, kings of the world cycling ranking for the fifth time after 1992, 2008, 2013 and 2014, while Valverde (1st) and Quintana (3rd) confirmed their podium finishes in the UCI individual WorldTour ranking.