Il Lombardia

Where: Lombardy, Italy

When: October 9, 2021

Rank: UCI WorldTour

Il Lombardia 2019 peloton riding along lake Como (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Il Lombardia 2019 peloton riding along lake Como (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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.

Last year saw the race held earlier than most of the other monuments in a rescheduling that saw the race held on August 15 but it is back in its usual slot for 2021.

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 race will likely be broadcast on Eurosport and GCN Race Pass.

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.

Il Lombardia recent winners:

2010: Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto

2011: Oliver Zaugg (Sui) Leopard-Trek

2012: Joaquim Rodríguez (Esp) Team Katusha

2013: Joaquim Rodríguez (Esp) Team Katusha

2014: Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp

2015: Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team

2016: Esteban Cháves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange

2017: Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida

2018: Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ)

2019: Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo

2020: Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team

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