Where: Lombardy, Italy When: August 15, 2020 Rank: UCI WorldTour
Il Lombardia – previously known as the Tour of Lombardy or Giro di Lombardia – is usually the final Monument of the five in the cycling season and is traditionally the last major outing for the peloton before they take their off-season break. In 2019, it took place on October 12.
But, in 2020 it is the second of the five monuments, due to the new post-lockdown calendar. Instead, the race will take place on August 15 from Bergamo to Como, taking in the usual climbs.
Running since 1905, it is the Classic with fewest interruptions in its lifetime, with only the 1943 and 1944 editions having to be scrapped because of the war, meaning the ‘race of the falling leaves’, which takes place in the Lombardy region of Italy, is now in its 114th edition in 2020.
There is an added bit of bragging rights to this year’s race as it is another chance to see the riders who will be fighting for the Giro d’Italia later in the year go head-to-head and this time on Italian soil.
The impressive roll call of winners includes the likes of Fausto Coppi, Eddy Merckx, Tom Simpson and Sean Kelly. Italian Coppi holds the record number of victories, having taken five during his career.
Since the Worlds were moved from summer to autumn in 1995, Lombardy is more often than not the first place the new road race world champion gets to show off his rainbow jersey for the first time.