The 2023 Il Lombardia can be held between Como and Bergamo on an identical path to the 2021 version when Tadej Pogačar (UAE Crew Emirates) received for the primary time, with the Slovenian anticipated to conflict with Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) within the Bergamo hills.
This yr’s ‘Race of the falling leaves’ can be held on Saturday, October 7 and keep in mind Bergamo’s best ever rider Felice Gimondi, who died in 2019.
It is going to additionally carry the curtain down on Thibaut Pinot’s profession, with the Frenchman anticipated to make an emotional farewell and maybe a last present of panache within the end-of-season Italian Traditional. A whole bunch of the ‘Extremely Pinot’ followers are anticipated to journey to Italy for his last main race. He received the 2018 Il Lombardia when it completed in Como.
The 238 km route once more features a collection of exhausting climbs within the Lombardy hills, with the climb as much as Bergamo Alto ending simply three kilometres from the end. The riders who emerge on the ultimate climbs will descend at pace to Bergamo Basso, with the descent launching into the end straight on Viale Roma.
Il Lombardia begins in Como, overlooking the lake after which heads to Cantù and climbs as much as the Madonna del Ghisallo, earlier than passing the bicycle owner’s chapel and museum after simply 38 km.
The riders descend to Bellagio and switch in the direction of Lecco after which Bergamo to climb the Roncola, Berbenno, the Passo della Crocetta, Zambla Alta after which the Passo di Ganda after 206 km of exhausting racing. The descent contains 19 hairpins and a flat journey to Bergamo earlier than the Colle Aperto climb as much as Bergamo Alto, with a 200-metre part of cobbled roads.
Pogačar attacked alone on the Passo di Ganda in 2021, shocking his main rivals. He was joined by native resident Fausto Masnada on the descent however then beat him within the dash in Bergamo. Adam Yates outsprinted Roglič, Alejandro Valverde, Julian Alaphilippe, David Gaudu, Romain Bardet and Michael Woods for third place after the disorganised chase group got here house 51 seconds down on Pogačar.
Throughout the official race presentation, Damiano Cunego, Il Lombardia winner in 2004, 2007 and 2008, tipped Pogačar to win once more and full a uncommon hat trick of victories solely beforehand achieved by Alfredo Binda and Fausto Coppi, who received 4 consecutive occasions between 1946 and 1949.
Vincenzo Nibali received Il Lombardia in 2015 and 2017 and ended his profession on the race in 2022. He picked Evenepoel as his favorite. The Belgian rode aggressively on the Vuelta a España however crashed out of the 2020 Il Lombardia and fractured his pelvis after shedding management of his bike on the descent of the Muro di Sormano.
25 groups of seven riders will tackle Il Lombardia, with the 18 WorldTour groups joined by Eolo-Kometa, Inexperienced Challenge-Bardiani-CSF-Faizane, Israel-Premier Tech, Lotto Dstny, Q36.5, TotalEnergies and Tudor Professional Biking.
“We now have designed a troublesome and selective route, with over 4400 metres of altitude acquire, fairly just like the 2021 version wherein Tadej Pogačar received for the primary time,” race director Mauro Vegni mentioned when the route was introduced in Milan on Tuesday.
“He can be one of many stars on the race and he can be seeking to make it a hat-trick however that can be made troublesome by the presence of distinguished rivals corresponding to Giro d’Italia winner Primož Roglič and former World Champion Remco Evenepoel.
“We’re additionally happy that a terrific champion and former winner of the race like Thibaut Pinot has chosen Il Lombardia to say goodbye to the followers.”
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