This is who the bookies are backing to win Il Lombardia 2019

It’s the final Monument of the season – but who has the best odds?

Alejandro Valverde (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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The final Monument of the year is just around the corner and the bookmakers have made their predictions for who will win the prestigious crown.

Il Lombardia is the last opportunity for riders to take a major win, and with the course designed for the climbers it’s an opportunity for Grand Tour stars to face up against Classics specialists.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.