The so-called Giro di Lombardia (officially Il Lombardia) is an individual male cycling race taking place each October in Lombardy. Since 2009, it is part of UCI World Tour and it is considered one of the five “classic races”:
- Tour of Flanders
- Liège Bastogne Liège
- Giro di Lombardia
The race was established in 1905 so that this year takes place its 111th edition.
The track has changed several times over the years, but its symbol continues to be the Ghisallo, a worldwide rise starting from Bellagio and reaching the church with the same name (Madonna del Ghisallo), which is considered cyclists’ protector.
The Muro di Sormano is also widely known: this rise is 2.4 km long, ranging an elevation from 831 to 1124 meters, and with a gradient up to 24% so it’s a very demanding track.
Traditional points of arrival through the years were Milan, Monza, Como and in the second half of ’90 years Bergamo. From 2004 to 2010 the arrival was Como’s lakefront again, with the asperity of Valfresca (a rise located in San Fermo della Battaglia) a few km from the final line. From 2011 to 2013 the arrival was in Lecco while from 2014 to 2016 alternating between Como and Bergamo.
THE 2017 EDITION
This year, Il Lombardia takes place on 7 October. The starting point is in Bergamo and the arrival, 247 km after, in Como…the same rout as 2015 edition, when Vincenzo Nibali rode to a solo victory.
The track is very selective and demanding, with six rises and 4.000 meters of vertical elevation: the first climb, Colle Gallo, is followed by Colle Brianza; after the town of Onno the riders climb the Madonna del Ghisallo, followed by the Muro di Sormano. After the Colma di Sormano the race descends to Nesso and onto the last two climbs: Civiglio and San Fermo della Battaglia, before reaching the finish line on Lungo Lario Trento e Trieste in Como.