This is the story of a climb that hasn’t been used for several years now, but which often proved decisive in the past.
This is a story that took place along the climb of Schignano – 6.1 km at a 6% gradient – on October 7, 1972, on the 66th edition of the Giro di Lombardia.
Despite some immediate attacks and counterattacks, the favourites – Merckx, Gimondi and De Vlaeminck among them – were in control of the situation.
Merckx started setting the pace at the foot of the Passo d’Intelvi. Gimondi struggled, losing ground to the front of the race. Only Lazcano, Poulidor, Ritter, Verbeeck, De Geest and G. Pettersson continued along with Merckx.