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Il Lombardia: WINNERS BY NATURE

  • MIKE WOODS finishes 9th after a great fight, but far from satisfied: “All I wanted was a win.”

  • DAN MARTIN finishes his career after one mighty effort “that left me empty.”

Minutes after the end of the six grueling hours of #ILombardia, they were sitting in the back of the bus, side by side, holding their beers, drained, empty.

The first, Mike Woods, was looking forward to a well-deserved vacation to refuel his batteries. The second, Dan Martin, had just started his post-cycling career journey. “What a relief,” he said. “It was so brutal out there, so when I was nearing the finish, I felt so complete with my decision. I really have nothing more to give.”

His sentiment was so understandable and true. At this level, you have to have it all if you want to compete. And his teammate, Mike Woods, exemplified it best. He had the legs on a day that nothing less was acceptable. So, on the last climb towards Bergamo – the Passo di Ganda – there were only about ten riders left in the game. And when Tadej Pogačar attacked, Mike was not only able to hold the pace of the few chasers but tried to take the initiative again and again. “I had the legs, and I was aggressive,” he said.

They were closing in following the descent to Bergamo, but the group was disorganized.

In the end, all that was left was a fight for a podium. Although he maintained his effort, being such a winner by nature, a podium was not going to satisfy him anyway. “All I wanted was the win,” he said. “I wasn’t going for third, fourth, or fifth – I wanted to win.”

That was his last race of 2021, and he was deservingly satisfied with his season. “I raced well.”

He certainly did. Congrats to him and the whole team.

And back to Dan Martin. As he was leaving the team bus for the last time, he seemed genuinely happy. That’s all a guy could wish for, right?

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com

Aleksandr Vlasov and Alexey Lutsenko to lead the team at Il Lombardia – Astana

Aleksandr Vlasov and Alexey Lutsenko to lead the team at Il Lombardia

Astana – Premier Tech heads to Il Lombardia, known as the Race of the Falling Leaves, with a strong team captained by Aleksandr Vlasov and Alexey Lutsenko.

The route for the final Monument of the year will see a change compared to last year, where Jakob Fuglsang took an impressive win while teammate Aleksandr Vlasov took a strong third place. 239 brutal kilometres from Como to Bergamo await the riders, where Alexey Lutsenko will take on the race for the first time in his career.

The iconic climb, Ghisallo, will be the first ascent to tackle before hitting Roncola, Berbenno, Dossena, Zambla Altan and Passo di Ganda before reaching the finish line in Bergamo.

Last year Vlasov rounded out the podium and is looking forward to this year’s route:

“I have really good memories of Il Lombardia. Taking third in a Monument is something special and last year it was an incredible race. This year, we are back to the normal date, not like last year where we rode it in August. So, at least, the weather will not be as hot as last year and now, we have the route changed from Como to Bergamo. I am looking forward to it but the race has a really strong start list, we will see what will happen but I am motivated to give my best to reach yet another good result”.

Sports Director Stefano Zanini sees the second part of the race as the decisive one:

“The first 90 kilometres shouldn’t be a problem, we go over the Ghisallo from the other side than last year but then the second part of the race, after Lecco will be brutal. The decisive moment will be for sure on the last two climbs as then with 30 kilometres to go, the course runs towards the finish line on a fast but not technical road. Of course, we miss Jakob but that’s cycling. Nevertheless, Aleksandr showed incredible form last year and also Alexey is currently in a good shape”. 

Rider roster: Manuele Boaro (ITA), Samuele Battistella (ITA), Rodrigo Contreras (COL), Fabio Felline (ITA), Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Matteo Sobrero (ITA), Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS).

Sports directors: Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA), Stefano Zanini (ITA).

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Il Lombardia: Recorrido y equipos participantes

Perfil de la edición 2021 © RCS

Redacción / Ciclo 21

Después de cuatro ediciones en las que Como ha sido la ciudad de llegada del quinto Monumento del año, Il Lombardia de 2021 arribará a Bérgamo en su 115ª edición, que se disputará el día 9 de octubre sobre un recorrido de 239 kilómetros. La línea de salida se trasladará a Como, que no se desvincula de la clásica de las hojas muertas. El hecho de situar las localidades de inicio y final de la prueba a la inversa que en años previos, algo que no ocurría desde 2016, provocará numerosos cambios en las ascensiones que se afrontarán en el recorrido, ya que desaparecen el Muro di Sormano, Civiglio y San Fermo della Battaglia.

Tras la salida de Como hacia Cantù, los corredores afrontarán la subida a Madonna de Ghisallo mucho antes de lo habitual, ascendiendo desde el lado de Asso para luego descender a Bellagio y llegar a Lecco a lo largo de la orilla del lago de Como. Al entrar en la provincia de Bérgamo, comienza una serie de subidas que conducen a la línea de meta, sin apenas tramos llanos entre ellas. Los corredores pasarán primero por la Roncola (Valico di Valpiana, que ofrece pendientes de hasta el 17%), y luego las subidas de Berbenno, Dossena, Zambla Alta y Passo di Ganda para acumular un desnivel positivo superior a los 4400m. Desde Ganda, la ruta conduce al Selvino, donde comienza el clásico y largo descenso con 19 curvas cerradas. A partir de ahí, los ciclistas recorrerán nueve kilómetros en su aproximación a la ciudad -el único tramo llano de la parte final del recorrido- y comenzarán el icónico paso por la Città Alta antes de la llegada a Bérgamo.

Los últimos kilómetros atravesarán la ciudad de Bérgamo, subiendo hasta Porta Garibaldi y luego cruzarán 200 metros de terreno adoquinado hasta Largo Aperto. En la primera parte las pendientes son siempre superiores al 10%, con un máximo del 12%. En el descenso la calzada es amplia y de superficie lisa. A 1.800 metros de la meta, hay una curva cerrada con un corto cuello de botella para superar la Porta Sant’Agostino. Tras el último kilómetro, una amplia curva a la izquierda espera a los corredores antes de incorporarse a la recta que lleva a la meta. La recta final tiene 800 metros de largo y 7,5 metros de ancho sobre una superficie de asfalto, cuesta abajo en la primera parte y luego llana.

Recorrido de la edición 2021 © RCS

Edición 2020: Fuglsang

 

Equipos participantes

WORLDTOUR

AG2R CITROEN TEAM
ASTANA PREMIER TECH
BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS
BORA – HANSGROHE
INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX
COFIDIS
DECEUNINCK – QUICK – STEP
EF PRO CYCLING
TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE
GROUPAMA – FDJ
INEOS GRENADIERS
ISRAEL START – UP NATION
JUMBO – VISMA
LOTTO SOUDAL
TEAM QHUBEKA NEXTHASH
MOVISTAR TEAM
TEAM DSM
TREK – SEGAFREDO
UAE TEAM EMIRATES

PRO TEAM

ALPECIN – FENIX
ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC
BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE’
EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM
TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC
VINI ZABU’

PALMARÉS HISTÓRICO

 

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