The 2019 WorldTour calendar is coming to an end. This Saturday (October 12), the last Monument class race was held in Italy. Named Il Lombardia, this is a classic race for climber .
And this year, Il Lombardia will be presenting more exciting competition than usual. Normally, not many big stars come down. Because the average has undergone a vacation and recovery after acting for most of the year.
This year, due to various situations, big names are arriving. Not just participating, on average also in top cer conditions , very able to compete for champions.
In the past week, the big names have heated up their feet in one-day competitions in various locations in Italy. While warming up, they continue to collect wins or podiums.
Two names that are classified as the most successful this year, and will compete in Il Lombardia, are Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma, champion Vuelta a Espana) and Egan Bernal (Team Ineos, Tour de France champions).
In addition, there is the 2018 world champion Alejandro Valverde. Do not miss other climbing heroes such as Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Michael Woods (EF Education First), and Martin (UAE Team Emirates). Do not miss the classic hero Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who won twice at Il Lombardia in 2009 and 2011.
Of the names, the most “hot” now is Roglic. The Slovenian star has just won two competitions in the past week. Namely Giro dell’Emilia and Tre Valli Varesine.
Michael Woods is also in great condition after winning Milano-Torino last Wednesday (October 9).
Egan Bernal? The young Colombian superstar dominated Gran Piemonte last Thursday (10 October).
While Valverde did not win, but he finished runner-up twice in the past week. One of them finished behind Michael Woods in Milano-Torino.
When asked about the chance, many of them point their finger at Roglic as the top seed. Others maintain expectations a lot. Like Egan Bernal.
“This is the Monument race, the big race. But I am not a classic racer. Many great racers train and prepare themselves specifically for Il Lombardia. I never did it, “he said after winning the Gran Piemonte.
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Il Lombardia is indeed a race for climber . Its length is quite torturous, 243 km. Along the route, the racers have to feel at ease passing the incline after incline.
Just 50 km from the start, there is already a Colle Gallo climb menu. At that time, all the seeds must be patient, because the “main menu” is served 60 km to finish in beautiful Como.
There are four key climbs in the 60 km cover. One of them is the legendary climb Madonna del Ghisallo, where the famous “bicycle church” is located.
After Madonna del Ghisallo, the heaviest climbs follow. Namely Colma di Sormano, which is so steep, reaches 27 percent! From there back on the beat on the slopes Civiglio and San Fermo della Battaglia. He who survives who then has a chance to win after the descent and flat along the 5 km to Como.
For cycling enthusiasts, Il Lombardia is the last chance to enjoy the “God class race” in 2019. After that, practically all holiday and break whiz. Get ready again to face the 2020 season later. (Playing bicycle)