Riders looking to win the final Monument of the season will have to tackle 4,400m of climbing between Como and Bergamo, as organisers celebrate the Tour of Lombardy‘s 110th edition with a new challenging route.
The autumn Classic, or the ‘Race of the Falling Leaves’ as it is known, will see riders take on eight climbs in the 240km route in northern Italy, with two thirds of the climbing coming in the final 115km of the race.
Vincenzo Nibali won his first Monument at Il Lombardia in 2015, attacking off the penultimate climb en route to Como, but with the race heading in the opposite direction this year the Shark will have to reassess his route book.
“This year we celebrate 110 editions of the race, something that very few races worldwide have achieved. It’s the final monument Classic that characterises the end of the cycling season and so brings with it great numbers and great protagonists,” said RCS Sport director Mauro Vegni.
“The race will be broadcasted in 163 countries across five continents and we will be live in Italy thanks to host broadcaster RAI, reaching around one million spectators in our home country. As usual it will be the best riders will be in action and I’m sure they will make for a great race.”
Six of the race’s eight climbs feature in the second half of the race in quick succession. The long climb of Valcava presents the highest point of the race at 1,336m and leads into the ascents to Berbenno, Sant’Antonio Abbandonato, Miragolo San Salvatore and Selvino, giving the riders little respite.
The final punch up the Bergamo Alta could be where race-winning attacks are made, with a short run down into Bergamo to the finish line. Dan Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) was the last winner in Bergamo back in 2014.