Il Lombardia 2021 to finish once again in Bergamo
Sep 22 2021 09:31 am CET

Il Lombardia 2021 to finish once again in Bergamo
Il Lombardia 2021 to finish once again in Bergamo
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The organisation of Il Lombardia has presented the route for the 2021 edition of the race, which includes some changes.

After four years in a row finishing in Como, the 2021 route of the last Monument of the season will be ridden the other way around and the city will serve as the starting point of the race. The peloton will face a 239-kilometre course with a finish in Bergamo -the city that hosted the finish of the race for the last time in 2016, which was won by Esteban Chaves- and several climbs that will make it challenging.

The climb of the Madonna del Ghisallo is the first one the riders will face on Saturday, October 9, then they will descend to Bellagio and reach Lecco along the shore of Lake Como. After entering the province of Bergamo, the peloton will tackle a series of climbs, with almost no flat sections in between.

The last kilometres feature an uphill stretch on cobblestones, after which there's a descent on a smooth surface.

Riders like Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos-Grenadiers), Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) and Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation) have already confirmed their participation in the race.

"After the previous very special edition of Il Lombardia, run on the day of Ferragosto in 2020, the last Monument of the season returns to its original location on the international calendar with a new and very selective route," said Mauro Vegni, RCS Sport Cycling Director. "The alternation between the cities of Como and Bergamo will this year see the race start in the city of Como and finish in the city of Bergamo. The well-established relationship between RCS Sport and the Lombardy Region continues, which in addition to Il Lombardia this year has already hosted some stages and the arrival of the 104th Giro d'Italia in Milan.

"'The Classic of the Falling Leaves', the last Monument on the international calendar, will have worldwide visibility thanks to the television images produced by RAI and will be broadcast in 200 countries on 5 continents. It will be a route without hard climbs like the one in Sormano, but a series of bumps for a total elevation of 4500 metres. Like every year, there will be great champions at the start. This year we have riders of the calibre of Pogacar, Roglic, Evenepoel, Geoghegan Hart, Nibali and Froome just to name a few who I am sure will put on a show. As always, the day after the pro race, there will be the Gran Fondo Il Lombardia that will start and finish in Cantù, with the symbolic climbs of Ghisallo and Sormano."




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