Il Lombardia 2019, in memory of Gimondi – Il Lombardia

16 September 2019

The Monument Traditional that closes the biking season can be devoted to the just lately deceased nice champion, Felice Gimondi. The race will begin from Bergamo and end in Como after 243km. In comparison with the final version, gained by the French rider Thibaut Pinot, the San Fermo della Battaglia returns within the route’s remaining of the route, to be climbed in addition to the Colle Gallo, Colle Brianza, Madonna del Ghisallo, Sormano and Civiglio. A commemorative jersey to have a good time Gimondi can be introduced to the race winner. The Gran Fondo Il Lombardia will comply with on the following day, Sunday 13 October.

 

Il Lombardia NamedSport, gained twice by Felice Gimondi in 1966 and in 1973, can pay tribute to the nice champion of Sedrina on Saturday 12 October on the route that may begin from Bergamo and end on the Como lakefront. The winner can be awarded a celebratory jersey to commemorate this very particular 113th version.

 

QUOTES

 

Norma Gimondi, daughter of Felice Gimondi, stated: “This race was among the many nice Classics that dad cherished essentially the most, not solely as a result of he gained it twice and so he appreciated it on a sporting degree, but in addition as a result of he used to seek out his mates and followers on these streets. At the moment I’m very proud that Il Lombardia is devoted to him precisely one month after his loss of life. I need to thank all people for the various messages of affection that I’ve acquired following his loss of life. It’s proof that he’s in everybody’s hearts.”

 

Giorgio Gori, Mayor of Bergamo, stated: “Il Giro di Lombardia has all the time had for me – as city bicycle owner – a novel attraction. Due to the romantic identify, the “Traditional of the useless leaves”, indicating that this autumnal race closes the professional biking season, and it being so near my house, I can not disguise my affection and enthusiasm for Il Lombardia. Additionally because of this I’m pleased with the truth that, for 5 years, virtually since I used to be Mayor of Bergamo, Il Lombardia has all the time began or completed on this metropolis: I’m pleased with with the ability to present my great metropolis to the ‘Giro caravan’ and to the various followers at house, but in addition proud as a result of this has all the time been a land of nice biking. “This yr it can even be particular for one more motive: Il Lombardia 2019 is devoted to the reminiscence of the nice Felice Gimondi, who died just lately. Though I used to be very younger on the time, in a while I cherished watching his defeats at the least as a lot as his victories – possibly much more. As a result of it’s because of the defeats and the various second locations he earned with out ever giving up, in addition to for his triumphs, that Felice Gimondi has develop into Gimondi, the image that transcends sport and embraces life itself: an emblem to which this yr Il Lombardia pays a tribute, in Bergamo, on the roads that he cherished a lot and that he rode many instances.”

 

Paolo Bellino, CEO of RCS Sport, stated: “We felt we needed to pay tribute to Felice Gimondi on this version. We do it by dedicating this race to him, a race which he gained twice, and that may begin from ‘his’ Bergamo. A celebratory jersey will even keep in mind this nice champion and can be awarded in the course of the remaining ceremony to the winner of Il Lombardia. Reside footage of this version can be broadcast on the 5 continents and we’re sure that the race will excite and entertain all biking followers around the globe. To finish an incredible biking weekend in one of the simplest ways, we even have the Gran Fondo scheduled for Sunday 13th.”

 

Mauro Vegni, RCS Sport Biking Director, stated: “The joys of organising a race like Il Lombardia is all the time particular however this yr it’s actually distinctive. What Gimondi gave to the biking world will stay ceaselessly in everybody’s coronary heart and eyes and because of this we need to honour him in the best way he deserves. The route has all of the traits that Felice would have appreciated with the historic climbs of the Madonna del Ghisallo and Sormano in addition to a tough end with the Civiglio and San Fermo della Battaglia. I’m certain the peloton, the followers and ourselves, the organisers, will expertise, alongside the entire route, sturdy feelings that we are going to not neglect, remembering the bicycle owner and the person who made the historical past of this sport.

 

Marco Galli, Councilor for Sport of the Metropolis of Como, stated: “As a Councilor for Sport and as a citizen, I’m extraordinarily completely happy that after once more Il Lombardia will see its end in Como. This basic offers nice visibility and alternatives for selling tourism for the town, for the Lario and for the entire Lombardy area. “We return after a yr of pressured interruption to the whole, prestigious circuit together with the Muro di Sormano, the Ghisallo, the Civiglio and the Valfresca. As previously, Il Lombardia’s champion can be topped and this yr, on the similar time, we’ll keep in mind Felice Gimondi, an incredible champion who just lately handed away. It should subsequently be a day of nice sport and definitely nice feelings and recollections.

 

Loredana Poli, Councilor for Sport of the Metropolis of Bergamo, stated: “The final of the 5 Monument Classics this yr presents a route that turns into more and more recognizable for all followers of this glorious sport. Bergamo and Como have been alternating as the beginning and end cities of Il Lombardia for some years now, in a duet that I believe is excellent for this race and this sport. The closing of the worldwide biking season subsequently passes as soon as once more from right here, from Bergamo, probably the most lovely and greatest identified sporting cities in Italy, the place sport typically and biking particularly are important values of the territory.

 

THE ROUTE

After departing Bergamo in a southerly route, the route crosses the Bergamo plain in its first 40km to go up the Cavallina valley to Casazza the place the Colle Gallo – the primary ascent of the race – is tackled. Colle is adopted by a quick descent coming back from the Seriana valley to Bergamo, then the route re-enters lowland roads that result in Brianza. There’s a brief passage to Colle Brianza and a descent to Pescate heading in the direction of Valmadrera after which in the direction of Oggiono and, lastly, via Pusiano, Asso and down the descent to Onno and on to Bellagio. That is the place the Ghisallo ascent – with gradients of as much as 14% on vast roads with completely different hairpin bends – begins.

 

The next very quick descent is on lengthy straights and ends at Maglio the place, instantly after a proper flip, the climb of the Colma di Sormano begins. After a couple of km of medium slopes, and some hundred meters after Sormano, the route heads up the Muro di Sormano on a slender, very steep highway, (2km lengthy, with a gradient as much as 15%). It’s partly inside a small wooden, with very slender bends and slopes that, for round 1km of distance, exceed 25% as much as nearly 30%.

 

As soon as previous the Colma, the route follows the descent to Nesso, the place the riders then take the coastal highway to achieve Como. Subsequent they face the exhausting climb to Civiglio (614m) with slopes nearly all the time round 10% – and with a marked narrowing of the roadway on the high of the climb – earlier than going again down and thru Como to hit the final climb of San Fermo della Battaglia (397m). There are two Feed Zones: the primary in San Sosimo (km 112-5) and the second in Onno (km 182-5).

 

Final km

Final 10km begin inside the realm of Como on vast avenues, as much as the railway underpass the place the ultimate ascent of San Fermo della Battaglia begins. The slope is round 7% (max 10%). The route passes a number of hairpin bends as much as the forehead at round 5km from the end. The descent, on a large, well-paved highway ends on the final kilometer.

 

THE TEAMS

 

25 groups: 18 UCI WorldTeams and seven UCI Skilled Continental Groups.

  • AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • BAHRAIN – MERIDA
  • BORA – HANSGROHE
  • CCC TEAM
  • DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP
  • EF EDUCATION FIRST
  • GROUPAMA – FDJ
  • LOTTO SOUDAL
  • MITCHELTON – SCOTT
  • MOVISTAR TEAM
  • TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • TEAM INEOS
  • TEAM JUMBO – VISMA
  • TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN
  • TEAM SUNWEB
  • TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • UAE TEAM EMIRATES
  • ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC
  • BARDIANI CSF
  • NERI SOTTOLI SELLE ITALIA KTM
  • ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • GAZPROM – RUSVELO
  • COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • VITAL CONCEPT – B&B HOTELS

— Simone Pozzi to www.ilombardia.it