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Il Lombardia 2022: the entry list for the Classic of the Dead Leaves

04/10/2022

Cycling stars Tadej Pogačar, Jonas Vingegaard, Julian Alaphilippe, Vincenzo Nibali and Alejandro Valverde are among the line-up in the final Monument Classic of the season.

The entry list for the 116th edition of Il Lombardia presented by Eolo, taking place on Saturday 8 October, has been announced. The race is set to be a true clash of the stars, with Tadej Pogačar returning to defend his title alongside many great names of the professional peloton lining up at the start including Jonas Vingegaard, Julian Alaphilippe, Enric Mas, Bauke Mollema, Jai Hindley, Daniel Felipe Martinez, Domenico Pozzovivo, Romain Bardet and Damiano Caruso.

This edition of Il Lombardia will be made even more special, with two great champions in the history of cycling, Vincenzo Nibali and Alejandro Valverde closing their careers after the race.

The last 60km of the 253km route, starting from Bergamo and finishing in Como, features a sequence of climbs passing through Ghisallo, San Fermo della Battaglia, Civiglio, and then again through San Fermo, before the finish line on the Como lakefront.

The Teams

25 teams, 18 UCI World Teams and 7 UCI Pro Teams, with 7 riders each

  • AG2R CITROEN TEAM
  • ASTANA QAZAQSTAN TEAM
  • BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS
  • BORA – HANSGROHE
  • COFIDIS
  • EF EDUCATION – EASYPOST
  • GROUPAMA – FDJ
  • INEOS GRENADIERS
  • INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX
  • ISRAEL – PREMIER TECH
  • JUMBO-VISMA
  • LOTTO SOUDAL
  • MOVISTAR TEAM
  • QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL TEAM
  • TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE – JAYCO
  • TEAM DSM
  • TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • UAE TEAM EMIRATES
  • ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK
  • BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE
  • CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA
  • DRONE HOPPER – ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI
  • EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM
  • TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC
  • TOTALENERGIES

Discover the entry list, click here.

The Route

Departing from Bergamo, the riders head toward Val Seriana for a short flat stretch before tackling a series of climbs in the Pre-Alps around the city. They will then climb the Forcellino di Bianzano (Valle Rossa), the ascent of Ganda, the Passo della Crocetta in Dossena, the Forcella di Bura and Colle di Berbenno. A short flat section will bring the riders to the area of Lake Como, and then ascend from Lecco to reach Bellagio, where they meet the classic climb of Ghisallo. Here, a climb with gradients up to 14% on a wide road with several hairpin bends. A very fast descent follows over long straights and ends in Maglio. As the riders reach Como, the race will cover a final circuit of 22km. After passing the city centre of Como they face climbing through San Fermo della Battaglia for the first time (397m), then descend into Como before crossing the finish line for the first time. About a kilometer later the tough climb towards Civiglio (614m) will begin with slopes averaging around 10%, before going back through Como to climb San Fermo della Battaglia for a second time.

Last km

The last 10km is inside the town of Como, following wide avenues up to a railway underpass where the climb of San Fermo della Battaglia begins. The slope is around 7% (max 10%) with a narrow carriageway and rough road surface. Around 5km from the finish, several hairpins feature before the top of the climb. The descent on wide, well-paved road meets two well-lit tunnels and two large roundabouts, and ends at the final kilometer. At 600m from the finish, there is a last wide turn to the left.

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