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.