The start list for Il Lombardia presented by UBI Banca is announced. The 114th edition of the race is the second Classic Monument of the season and closes RCS Sport’s August races.
On the road will be 25 teams, each consisting of 7 riders (19 UCI WorldTeams, 1 qualified by ranking and 5 wild cards), with some of the world’s best riders for an interesting challenge between the up-and-coming young riders and the more experienced champions.
Riders to watch include last year’s winner Bauke Mollema, 2017 and 2015 editions winner Vincenzo Nibali, 2019 Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz, GranPiemonte presented by EOLO winner George Bennett, Remco Evenepoel, Jakob Fuglsang, Mathieu van der Poel, Gianluca Brambilla, Giulio Ciccone, Michael Woods, Alberto Bettiol, Aleksandr Vlasov, Tim Wellens, Ivan Ramiro Sosa, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Gianni Moscon, Rafal Majka, Andrea Bagioli, Mikel Nieve, Wilco Kelderman, Fabio Aru, Valerio Conti and Diego Ulissi.
The route covers 231km, starting from Bergamo, at 12.20 CEST, and arriving in Como, around 18.30 CEST, features iconic climbs such as Colle Gallo, Colle Brianza, Madonna del Ghisallo, Sormano, Civiglio and San Fermo della Battaglia.
Before the start, the peloton and the organisation will remember the victims of Covid, in one of Italy’s areas most affected by the pandemic, with a minute’s silence.
After departing Bergamo in a southerly direction, the route crosses the Bergamo plain in its first 40km to head 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 Oggiono, then the route passes through Pusiano, Canzo, 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 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 kilometers 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, 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 is one feed zone, at km 128-131.
The last 10km start inside the area of Como on wide avenues, up to the railway underpass where the final ascent of San Fermo della Battaglia begins. The slope is around 7% (max 10%). The route passes several hairpin bends up to the brow at around 5km from the finish. The descent, on a wide, well-paved road ends at the last kilometer.