Lining up for the final Classic Monument of the season are the Tour de France winner Egan Bernal and La Vuelta a España winner Primoz Roglic. Among the other most anticipated riders are Vincenzo Nibali (Il Lombardia 2017 and 2015), Tiesj Benoot, Jacob Fuglsang, Philippe Gilbert, Alejandro Valverde, Adam Yates and Michael Woods, winner of Milano-Torino on Wednesday. There will be 25 teams of seven riders each at the start: 18 UCI WorldTeams and 7 UCI Professional Continental Teams.
A special jersey dedicated to the memory of Felice Gimondi, designed and produced by Castelli, will be awarded to the winner of the 113th Il Lombardia NamedSport.
Il Lombardia NamedSport will be broadcast on all five continents.
RAI, host broadcaster of the races, will produce three hours for Il Lombardia NamedSport. The TV schedule in Italy includes the live broadcast on RAI 2 from 2.00pm to 5.30pm.
In France the race will be offered live free to air on La Chaine L’Equipe, while Eurosport will offer it live to all the fans in the rest of Europe, in Australia and in South-East Asia. The “Classic of the dead leaves”, the last Classic Monument of the season, will also have unencrypted coverage in Switzerland on the German language network (RTS), as well as on the French (SRF) and Italian networks (RSI), and by the SRG SSR network; in Belgium, the race will be on Q2 (VTM) in Flemish and on La Une (RTBF) in French.
For the rest of the world, Il Lombardia NamedSport will be broadcast on the screens of the Abu Dhabi Sports Channel throughout the Middle East and North Africa and by Supersports in South Africa. Japanese fans will be able to follow the race on OTT DAZN, New Zealand fans on Sky Sports.
Coverage in South America and the Caribbean is guaranteed by the ESPN network, while in Mexico the race will be broadcast on TDN at a later hour. In the USA and Canada the Classic Monument will be available on OTT Fubo.tv and Flosports.
Il Lombardia NamedSport International TV Schedule available here.
After departing Bergamo in a southerly direction, the route crosses the Bergamo plain in its first 40km to go up the Cavallina valley to Casazza where the Colle Gallo – the first ascent of the race – is tackled. Colle is followed by a fast descent returning from the Seriana valley to Bergamo, then the route re-enters lowland roads that lead to Brianza. There’s a short passage to Colle Brianza and a descent to Pescate heading towards Valmadrera and then towards Oggiono and, finally, through Pusiano, Asso and down the descent to Onno and on to Bellagio. This is where the Ghisallo ascent – with gradients of up to 14% on wide roads with different hairpin bends – begins.
The following very fast descent is on long straights and ends at Maglio where, immediately after a right turn, the climb of the Colma di Sormano begins. After a few km of medium slopes, and a few hundred meters after Sormano, the route heads up the Muro di Sormano on a narrow, very steep road, (2km long, with a gradient up to 15%). It’s partly inside a small wood, with very narrow bends and slopes that, for around 1km of distance, exceed 25% up to almost 30%.
Once past the Colma, the route follows the descent to Nesso, where the riders then take the coastal road to reach Como. Next they face the hard climb to Civiglio (614m) with slopes almost always around 10% – and with a marked narrowing of the roadway at the top of the climb – before going back down and through Como to hit the last climb of San Fermo della Battaglia (397m). There are two Feed Zones: the first in San Sosimo (km 112-5) and the second in Onno (km 182-5).
GAZZETTA DELLO SPORT SPECIAL PRIZE IN MEMORY OF JOURNALIST PIER LUIGI TODISCO
This year, during the 113th edition of Il Lombardia NamedSport, La Gazzetta dello Sport will pay respect to a dear colleague Pier Luigi Todisco, who died tragically on 7 October 2011 as he was riding to work at the Gazzetta.it newsroom.
In his memory, a prize will be awarded to the first rider clearing the Ghisallo climb (km 178.9), the iconic mountain of Il Lombardia NamedSport, at the top of which stands the Sanctuary of the Madonna protecting cyclists, and Fiorenzo Magni’s Cycling Museum. Passionately fond of cycling, Pier Luigi dreamt of climbing the Ghisallo on his bike, and was training to succeed in this ambition when he was sadly taken from us.
This special prize will be presented on the podium in Como at the end of the race.
INTERNATIONAL PREMIO TORRIANI 22nd EDITION
At the 22nd international Premio Torriani, Rai Sport director Auro Bulbarelli, Fausto Coppi’s son Faustino, and female cyclist Letizia Paternoster will be awarded along with Marino Vigna, gold medallist at the Rome Olympic Games, who will receive the “cuore d’argento” (silver heart) of the Emilio and Aldo De Martino association. The presentation will be made at the Yacht Club of Como, on Saturday 12 October, at 6.30pm, in a ceremony to be compered by the journalist and writer Claudio Gregori.