The young Colombian impressed once again in the final Monument of the year, bridging to an elite front group on the descent off the brutal Muro di Sormano climb.
Having shown superb descending skills to make the junction, Bernal set about working alongside Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) as the race headed into its final phase.
Eventually distanced as Pinot and Nibali accelerated on the Civiglio climb, Bernal settled back into a group of chasers, eventually finishing on the wheel of world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in Como.
Pinot was able to distance Nibali on the race’s penultimate climb and carved out a gap on the run-in, eventually leading home the Italian by 32 seconds.
Gianni Moscon also found himself in a chasing group following the wall-like Muro di Sormano, but was unlucky to puncture on the crucial descent. The racing had really picked up on the Madonna del Ghisallo, with Sergio Henao covering an early move in his final race for the team.